Vacant East Bunbry block to be transformed into scenic community space

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
City of Bunbury manager of engineering Shaun Millen, Water Corporation South West regional manager John Janssen, Mayor Gary Brennan, Bunbury MLA Don Punch and City of Bunbury engineering technical officer Andre van der Merwe look over plans for Brockman Park.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury manager of engineering Shaun Millen, Water Corporation South West regional manager John Janssen, Mayor Gary Brennan, Bunbury MLA Don Punch and City of Bunbury engineering technical officer Andre van der Merwe look over plans for Brockman Park. Credit: Kate Fielding

A vacant block of land in East Bunbury will be transformed into a stream and scenic community space as part of a $350,000 project.

The urban drain at Brockman Park near Cooinda Primary School will be revamped with extensive landscaping and street art.

Flows from an underground stormwater drain will be diverted through a new wetland system planted with native species to remove nutrients and sediment.

The landscaping will take place with the help of the nearby primary school students who will assist in the planting of native species.

The students will also be involved in a public art project in collaboration with a local artist which will see a neighbouring wall given a new lease of life.

Mayor Gary Brennan said the project would benefit not only the city’s waterways but it would activate a forgotten space.

“This parkland will be an asset to the community whilst reinvigorating and transforming the area,” Mr Brennan said.

The revamp is jointly funded with $190,000 from Bunbury City Council, $120,000 through the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Regional Estuaries Initiative and $40,000 from the Water Corporation.

Water Minister Dave Kelly said the transformation would provide a “clean, green and beautiful recreational space” to be enjoyed by the community.

The project is expected to be completed by August.

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