Foreshore tipped for youth precinct

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
From 2017, Wendy and Jon Dixon spearhead a campaign to get a skate park in Bunbury.
Camera IconFrom 2017, Wendy and Jon Dixon spearhead a campaign to get a skate park in Bunbury. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Bunbury’s new youth precinct, which is being described as an “all inclusive place for everyone”, is a step closer to reality with a preferred location identified.

But if questions raised during a Bunbury City Council briefing this week are anything to go by, support for the Luciana Park site is set to face some debate next week.

The council last year allocated $50,000 to investigate options for the precinct, which is likely to centre around a new skatepark.

Following months of consultation, the council will next week be recommended to endorse the site across from the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and put the decision out for public comment.

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During the briefing session Mr Brennan asked council staff what impact any development on the block of land would have.

“Would the building of this youth precinct at that location preclude the use of that site for any other development that a future council may want to look at,” Mr Brennan said.

Chief executive Mal Osborne responded that there was a “fair bit” of available land and whether the precinct took up the entire space was yet to be determined.

Mr Brennan told the South Western Times that it was up to the council to make a decision on the site next week, but he hoped any development on the foreshore site would be an entry statement.

“That is probably the prime site for the entrance into our central area of our city,” Mr Brennan said.

“I hope that a council of the future would use that site for a significant statement to our visitors and for our community.

“I don’t have any issue with a youth precinct being established and we do have a number of locations suitable for that.”

The location was the most favoured site in an online survey conducted by the council.

The youth precinct concept follows a vocal campaign from community group Bunbury Needs a New Skatepark.

Leader Jon Dixon said it was “about time” Luciana Park was identified as the preferred location and he was confident it would be supported next week.

“It’s fantastic that the Youth Advisory Council along with the council have come to this decision,” Mr Dixon said.

“There’s nothing there, it’s near the CBD, there’s good parking, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be there.”

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