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Koombana permanent residents call for extra entry into caravan park

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Discovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore residents Cherryl Hughes and Geoff Calkin.
Camera IconDiscovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore residents Cherryl Hughes and Geoff Calkin. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

Long term residents of a Bunbury holiday park fear their lifestyle is at risk following plans for the park’s expansion.

The residents at Discovery Park Bunbury Foreshore believe the expansion will create dangerous traffic flows as 99 units are added.

The plan does not include a second access point meaning excess traffic of an extra 375 vehicle movements daily passing through their quiet residential area.

Bunbury foreshore residents association president Geoff Calkin said he was concerned with the planned one way entry and exit points which would pass through the park’s existing roads.

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We are not against the redevelopment whatsoever, we are just against the access to the redevelopment and what we are hoping to achieve is to really get our concerns across.

Geoff Calkin

“Residents who live there who will hear these vehicles approaching, are certainly going to get every apprehensive because just going on the diagrams provided in the traffic impact statement, they show that an 8m caravan will be coming within 500mm of the homes.

“The biggest concern I see for residents is the isolation it’s going to create because a lot of them are dependent on community care workers who are currently able to park in front of their house and service the people inside, they are not going to be able to park there due to the high amounts of traffic.”

Discovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore residents Cherryl Hughes and Geoff Calkin aren't happy current expansion plans don't involve a second entry, meaning hundreds more cars will come past their homes.
Camera IconDiscovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore residents Cherryl Hughes and Geoff Calkin aren't happy current expansion plans don't involve a second entry, meaning hundreds more cars will come past their homes. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

A spokesperson for Discovery said they would investigate the idea of a second access point with the Bunbury City Council.

“Various designs have been considered and following recent feedback from residents we are examining the solution for access roads, which we will work through with council as they process our development application.”

“We have been consulting with our valued permanent residents on our development plans for well over 12 months and these discussions continue.

Discovery respects and acknowledges the concerns of residents and looks forward to working with council to address those concerns as the development application continues to be processed.

Discovery spokesperson

Discovery said they would be working closely with the council to ensure the information about the proposal is clear and complies with standards and requirements.

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