Reveal of youth precinct plan a big step towards reality

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Draft concept designs of Bunbury's Youth Precinct.
Camera IconDraft concept designs of Bunbury's Youth Precinct. Credit: Supplied / Playce/City of Bunbury

A multi-use sports court, a sound wave stage, a skate bowl, a parkour and maze area and a designated spot for food trucks are all set to feature in a draft concept of Bunbury’s Youth Precinct.

The exciting draft design was due to be revealed in an unveiling event at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre tonight.

Creative consultants Playce were tasked with coming up with the design following multiple community workshops and several months of community campaigning, which started off as calls for a new skatepark in the city.

Bunbury City Council has allocated a section of Luciana Park, opposite BREC, for the precinct.

Highlights of the draft plan includes an “art wave” which spans the length of the precinct with the wave sculpture activating with lights, colours and sounds as people move through it.

A sound wave stage is set up with the Leschenault Inlet foreshore as the backdrop, skate areas and a “flow bowl” also feature, as does an accessible deck with shade structures and a “jumping-off point” into the inlet.

The design appears to go outside of the area originally allocated for the project, but the South Western Times understands the concept will be tweaked.

While he was yet to see the draft plans today, Mayor Gary Brennan said tonight’s reveal was set to be a big step in the project.

“What I admire most about this project is the role of the Youth Advisory Council and the work that those members have done, in particular the Youth Mayor Sean Smith,” Mr Brennan said.

“Sean has been a strong advocate of this and I really admire and thank him for his leadership, particularly amongst the youth in our community.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the draft concept and importantly in a few weeks time, looking forward to reviewing the submissions that will be made on that draft.”

Following tonight’s consultation, Playce will prepare a final master plan which will be presented to the council for final approval later this year.

The draft plans are also available for comment through the council’s social pinpoint survey here.

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