Premier praise for new building
A South West couple have been praised for their financial investment and hard work in making one of Bunbury’s newest landmarks a reality.
Premier Mark McGowan officially opened the $13 million Victoria Square building, constructed by Nick and Robyn DeMarte, on Friday.
The striking structure, on the corner of Victoria and Clifton streets, features two penthouse apartments and 12 commercial areas, including a Lone Star restaurant.
It is at 70 per cent capacity.
Mr McGowan and Mr DeMarte struck up a conversation after the Premier was walking past the construction site three years ago.
On Friday, Mr McGowan upheld a promise to help open the building once it was completed.
Mr McGowan said it was a privilege to open a building in which the couple behind it had put their heart and soul into.
“It’s a great story of work, effort, commitment and humility,” ... it is a demonstration of confidence in Bunbury,” the Premier said.
“And a demonstration of confidence in the community to have built this. ... and I think it’s fair to say there’s some justification for that confidence, Bunbury is really one of Australia’s great regional cities.”
“Your confidence in Bunbury ... is very well placed.”
Mr DeMarte, the son of Italian immigrants, said he was proud to continue the tradition of the migrant community making a strong contribution to their city.
“The migrant community faced many challenges in the early days, but they worked hard, overcame many hardships and established some of Bunbury’s most well known companies,” Mr DeMarte said.
“Robyn and I wanted to make a contribution to Bunbury and importantly, create work for locals which we did by using our own fabrication apprentices and through local builder BGC and other suppliers and contractors.”
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