Community facilities boosted through budget

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

Kelly Park will receive a much-needed revamp among a number of community projects included in Bunbury City Council’s 2017-18 Budget.

The Carey Park precinct will be bolstered by $318,000 for replacement of playground equipment and upgrades to Kelly Park.

Mayor Gary Brennan spruiked the budget as offering more support to community-based organisations than previous years.

Also in the mix is $295,000 for additional change facilities at the South West Sports Centre and $160,000 for landscaping adjacent to City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club.

The council will contribute $3.8 million to sport and recreation, $1 million to arts and culture and $1.9 million to community and library services.

As well as $15,000 each to the Clontarf Academy and Girls Academy to support our young indigenous people through sport.

“A range of community organisations will receive funding this year including $20,000 to the Bunbury RSL for its 100-year commemoration of the end of the first World War,” Mr Brennan said.

“There will also be significant funds allocated to community organisations such as the Bunbury City Band, King Cottage Museum, Stirling Streets Arts Centre and the Anzac Day Working Group.”

A pool of funds will also go towards community events, arts and culture grants and place-making grants.

Key community projects include:

• Replacement of playground equipment and upgrade to Kelly Park $318,000

• Additional family and accessible change facilities at the South West Sports Centre $295,000

• Replace Bunbury Wildlife Park volunteer and staff facilities, animal hospital, toilets, feed store and preparation area $214,000

• Remove liner and tile leisure pool at the South West Sports Centre $195,000

• Construct and accessible ramp to the Back Beach $160,000

• Implement Withers Local Area Plan strategies $150,000

• Landscaping adjacent to Bunbury City Surf Lifesaving Club $160,000

• Reseal Soccer Club car park at Hay Park $100,000

• Upgrade facilities to progress towards goal of becoming the Most Accessible Regional City in Australia $100,000

• Support club development $80,000

• Support Koombana Bay Sailing Club’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund application to refurbish male and change room facilities $50,000

• Develop a Bunbury Geographe Youth Strategy Plan $40,000

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