More in store for Koombana park site

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
VideoKoombana Park re-opens to the public

A prime block of land at the main point of entry into Bunbury has been re-opened after months of being fenced off to the public.

The Koombana Drive site — formerly earmarked for a Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters — and now called Koombana Park, opened on Thursday.

Koombana Park has had a chequered history after the State Government scrapped plans for the DPAW building late last year.

Then in February this year, several Bunbury businesses were left hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket when the contractor in charge of civil work, BCL Group, went into liquidation.

The Department of Finance took control of the site and with the popular, new-look Koombana Bay foreshore attracting throngs of visitors, questions over the site’s future were mounting.

But the fences came down with little fanfare last week, revealing landscaping, carparks, a nature playground and barbecue area.

The South Western Times can reveal that the Bunbury Development Committee has appointed a sub-committee to investigate the site’s potential.

“The sub-committee will bring together initially the key agencies and the Bunbury Development Committee to look at the future potential of that site,” chairwoman Robyn Fenech told the Times.

“The first task is for the park to be completed and there’s a landmark lookout to go on the site.”

Ms Fenech said the committee was pleased to see the area open.

“It’s a valuable site in a popular part of Bunbury and it’s right on that entryway to the city,” she said.

“Longer term, that is a site for some sort of facility that would benefit from such a prominent location on the approach into Bunbury.”

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