Work is underway on the next phase of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront, with Bunbury businesses central to the Casuarina Drive foreshore redevelopment.
This phase, part of Stage 2 of the waterfront project, includes landscaping and revitalisation works along Casuarina Boat Harbour, installing community amenities and improving access for residents and visitors.
Environmental Industries has been appointed to complete the first phase of the $10.8 million Casuarina Drive foreshore redevelopment, following a competitive tender process.
Environmental Industries has committed to engage local businesses for 60 per cent of the work value of the project. The tender process encouraged employment opportunities for local sub-contractors and suppliers, including a specific Local Business Registration opportunity.
The works will also be staged to minimise the impact on surrounding businesses, particularly during the peak tourist season.
In addition to the Casuarina foreshore works, which are managed by DevelopmentWA, Stage 2 includes upgrades already underway to the Jetty Road causeway.
The McGowan Government’s 2020-21 State Budget included an additional $78.1 million allocation for Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront – Stage Three, Phase One, on top of the $34.4 million invested in Stages 1 and 2 of the project.
The Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project is led by the South West Development Commission, in partnership with DevelopmentWA, the Department of Transport and City of Bunbury, in collaboration with the Bunbury Development Committee.
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“The Casuarina foreshore project is creating employment and driving investment in the Bunbury region, which is great for the local economy – and with 60 per cent of the work value to be taken up by local businesses, it allows the local community to really have a sense of ownership in this project.
“Stage 1 of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront has seen the redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre and revitalisation of the Koombana Bay Foreshore. The next stage of this important project will help to further unlock the area’s vast potential and draw more visitors, providing a welcome boost for the tourism industry.
“This investment will improve accessibility for residents and encourage visitors to make Bunbury part of their itinerary in Western Australia’s South-West.”
As stated by Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
“Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront Stage 1, along with the Stage 2 works already undertaken on Jetty Road, have delivered fantastic outcomes for our community, and I am looking forward to the work on Casuarina Drive doing the same.
“Just like the early Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront works, the Stage 2 works will deliver a permanent asset for Bunbury while at the same time generating local jobs for local people which makes it a great investment for our community.
“This is such a popular stretch of our coast with the Back Beach on one side and Jetty Baths on the other. I know this project is going to be appreciated by the community for years to come.”