Transformed Koombana foreshore pride of bay

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
The playground features two playground towers which represent steamship tunnels.
Camera IconThe playground features two playground towers which represent steamship tunnels. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Koombana Bay will officially reopen to the public tomorrow with Bunbury’s leaders hailing the transformation a massive success.

The $10.8 million redevelopment took about eight months to complete and finishing touches – including the new iconic footbridge and revamped kiosk – will be done by the end of January.

Koombana Bay now has three accessible ramps down to the beach.
Camera IconKoombana Bay now has three accessible ramps down to the beach. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

The transformation includes more parking bays, an amphitheatre, wheelchair access ramps, shade areas with seating and barbecues, an accessible playground and extensive landscaping.

The kiosk has also been revamped but will not be ready until next month.

The revamped kiosk is not yet ready, but will be finished in January.
Camera IconThe revamped kiosk is not yet ready, but will be finished in January. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Mayor Gary Brennan said the redevelopment looked fantastic and he was confident the community would be pleased.

“Here we are today seeing the results of a great investment in our city and I think a great investment in Bunbury Geographe and perhaps the State,” Mr Brennan said today.

The playground features water play, including a water mill, water trough, water basin and table and rain circle.
Camera IconThe playground features water play, including a water mill, water trough, water basin and table and rain circle. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he was excited to see the foreshore reopened in time for the holidays.

“I would like to congratulate the City of Bunbury, the South West Development Commission and all the local businesses involved in this project, the outcome is fantastic,” Mr Punch said.

The playground features an impressive flying fox.
Camera IconThe playground features an impressive flying fox. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“I am now looking forward to the next stage of works proceeding with the redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre and the commencement of works on Jetty Road in 2018.”

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball said the reopening was another milestone for the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project.

“This is a significant step forward in the transformation of Bunbury’s waterfront into a thriving destination that can be enjoyed by both locals and tourists,” Ms Ball said.

The foreshore now has four sets of barbecue throughout the area.
Camera IconThe foreshore now has four sets of barbecue throughout the area. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“We look forward to seeing families making the most of the enhanced foreshore amenities over the Christmas break and throughout summer.

“The Koombana foreshore revitalisation offers a taste of what’s to come.

Koombana Bay now has more shade than before, with shade sails along the beach.
Camera IconKoombana Bay now has more shade than before, with shade sails along the beach. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“Through the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project, planning is under way to breathe new life into prime but underused waterfront areas stretching from Koombana Bay to Casuarina Boat Harbour.

The new amphitheatre already has a number of events lined up.
Camera IconThe new amphitheatre already has a number of events lined up. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“The redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre into a world-class attraction is expected to get under way next year.”

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