New George Baxter Promenade set to open

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Although not officially open, the new George Baxter Promenade is look ready for business.
Camera IconAlthough not officially open, the new George Baxter Promenade is look ready for business. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

An upgraded Koombana Drive and the new George Baxter Promenade will be officially unveiled next Wednesday after months of work.

The construction has entered its final stage, with the last of the asphalt set to be laid and the finishing touches carried out.

Included in the upgrades was a railing installed on the dual use promenade, which is 3.5m wide and replaces the old George Baxter Boardwalk.

The old George Baxter promenade closed in August. The new promenade will open on Wednesday.
Camera IconThe old George Baxter promenade closed in August. The new promenade will open on Wednesday. Credit: City of Bunbury

The timber from the old boardwalk has been recycled and used to create seating at certain locations.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said it was fantastic to see Koombana Drive transform into a more attractive entry into the city.

“This upgrade will provide safe and convenient access into the CBD for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Brennan said.

“The George Baxter Promenade is a much wider path compared to the timber boardwalk, which will allow for smoother running, walking and cycling in this beautiful part of our city.

“We will also continue to recognise George Baxter’s contribution to Bunbury with a plaque to be erected at the beginning of the promenade.”

The promenade will remain closed until the official unveiling.

Final works on the upgrade will be completed in the New Year, which will include planting of the bio garden and paving of the median strip.

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