Plans for an ocean pool that will bring an “iconic dream” for Bunbury to life and boost the coastal city as a tourism drawcard are moving ahead after a study found the concept had no “fatal flaws”. Earmarked for Wyalup-Rocky Point, the concept has been a longstanding talking point for the city. Plans for a pool in the area date back as late as the 19th century. A number of small ocean pools have been constructed in WA — including the now closed Bunbury Baths and Cottesloe Beach Pool — but the only operational pool is the Scarborough Beach Pool in Perth, which is located about 100m inland and does not use ocean water. An ocean pool would give Bunbury a tourism appeal not offered anywhere else in WA — an asset Mayor Gary Brennan said would be an “unrivalled attraction for visitors, event organisers and commercial investors”. Bunbury City Council last week endorsed a proof-of-concept study by specialist coastline engineers, which found no fatal flaws for the proposed pool and recommended further studies be undertaken to refine the concept. The study revealed the idea was proposed back in the 1890s when council took control of the site and was considering ways to improve the appeal of the city. The council in 1907 began initiating the Bunbury Basalt Quarry with an end goal of creating a “world class” ocean pool. Mr Brennan said Bunbury’s proposed ocean pool would be an “iconic destination” and the only one of its kind in WA. “An ocean pool in Bunbury would draw visitors while creating an anchor attraction to drive commercial investment in the already established entertainment and hospitality precinct,” Mr Brennan said. “The social and economic benefits would be a major boon for our City.” The city has allocated $50,000 towards the project in the 2021-22 budget, with a $250,000 State Government grant announced as an election commitment for further investigation.