Plans for $5m Bunbury youth precinct approved

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Shannon VerhagenSouth Western Times
The concept plan for the City of Bunbury Youth Precinct.
Camera IconThe concept plan for the City of Bunbury Youth Precinct. Credit: City of Bunbury

Concept plans for a $5 million youth precinct in Bunbury’s CBD have been given the green light by Bunbury City Council.

Addressing councillors at Tuesday’s meeting, Bunbury Youth Mayor Sean Van Der Wielen summed up the Youth Advisory Council’s thoughts on the plans: “We love it,” he said.

The precinct — which will feature a skatepark and performance space — is set to transform the CBD’s waterfront, earmarked for Luciana Park on the edge of the Leschenault Inlet, across the road from Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the approval of the concept plans was an exciting milestone for the project.

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“This project has been strongly led by the community and I’d also like to acknowledge those who have played a part in the consultation process which has now led to the approval of the concept design,” he said.

I would also like to thank the Youth Advisory Council for driving the project as well as Playce for assisting with community engagement.

Gary Brennan
Concept plans for Bunbury's Youth Precinct.
Camera IconConcept plans for Bunbury's Youth Precinct. Credit: City of Bunbury

Developed by creative consultants Playce following extensive community consultation, the plans also feature a parkour area, chill out zones, art installations and creative lighting.

“The mixture of elements in the design means that the Youth Precinct will be an inclusive place for the whole community,” Mr Van Der Wielen said.

The extensive consultation undertaken in the development of the concept plan gives me confidence that the voice of Bunbury’s youth has been heard.

Sean Van Der Wielen

The council will now call for tenders to produce a detailed design, with construction expected to commence in the 2020/2021 financial year.

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