Koombana Bay-watch boosted

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club members Eliana and Tristan White, 14, keep an eye out under Koombana Bay's new observation tower with Mayor Gary Brennan and club president Denise Duncan.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club members Eliana and Tristan White, 14, keep an eye out under Koombana Bay's new observation tower with Mayor Gary Brennan and club president Denise Duncan. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

The latest addition to Koombana Bay unsurprisingly has beachgoers comparing the popular Bunbury beach to a classic American drama.

And while we are yet to see David Hasselhoff donning red shorts in a brisk jog – all in slow motion, of course – along the bay’s shoreline, the latest development is certain to attract plenty of mimickers.

While the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club’s new observation tower is set to provide yet another picture perfect photo opportunity for visitors to the bay, it is the added safety and protection of beachgoers that has volunteers excited.

“It means we’re able to provide the most effective and efficient life saving service to the beachgoers of Koombana Bay,” club president Denise Duncan said.

“It also gives a point of reference for the public, if they’re in need of help and it gives our lifesavers a home to make sure they give that best volunteer service to the community.”

The tower has been in the making for several years, but was finally installed last week.

Koombana Bay's new lifesaving observation tower.
Camera IconKoombana Bay's new lifesaving observation tower. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

It is one of 10 new purpose built lifesaving observation towers being rolled out across the State’s beaches, thanks to a $750,000 Lotterywest grant.

The funding was secured by Surf Life Saving WA and was bolstered by a $15,000 contribution from Bunbury City Council.

Mrs Duncan said the financial support was “amazing” and the tower allowed for an “expansive view” of the entire beach from an elevated height.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said after years of planning and negotiating, it was “fantastic” the tower was a reality.

“We’ve had the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club patrol the beaches now for a few years, but the tower now just adds another element to the security and safety of our swimmers,” Mr Brennan said.

“This is a very, very popular family beach, so it’s terrific to see and it’s fantastic for Lotterywest to fund it and the city (council) was also very pleased to contribute a modest $15,000 towards it.”

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