A world-class waterfront development is planned for the City of Bunbury - Western Australia's unofficial capital of its fast-growing South West region.
The transformation of the waterfront to a sought-after coastal destination will give Bunbury an improved public waterfront area, better family beaches, retail and commercial areas, and housing in the form of townhouses and apartments.
Bunbury Waterfront has the potential to attract substantial investment for Bunbury over the next 30 years and generate significant employment during the building phase and in the longer term.
For more information call our South West information line on 1300 730 435 for the cost of a local call.
Stage 1 of the Bunbury Waterfront
Last year, in August 2011, the State Government announced approval of a $23.8million funding strategy for Stage 1 of the proposed Bunbury Waterfront development. This stage is referred to as Koombana North (Stage 1A) and Marlston North (Stage 1B).
The decision paved the way for work to progress on the project with the Government endorsing LandCorp’s new Stage 1 concept plan.
The first site to be developed under the proposal will be Koombana North.
Throughout much of 2012, we worked with others including the City and The Department of Planning to prepare the scheme amendment and structure plan documents necessary for the Koombana North development to proceed. These documents were lodged with the City and were subsequently advertised for public comment in November-December 2012. The next steps are for Council to consider the documents for final endorsement, and for final statutory approvals to be obtained.
Koombana North Forward Works Begin
The development plans for Koombana North include a Forward Works program consisting of bulk earthworks across the site, construction of a buried seawall for future storm protection, and landscaping of the adjacent foreshore and ski beach area to create a destination point for families and community gatherings.
Following WA Planning Commission approval for the Forward Works, the Member for Bunbury, Hon John Castrilli MLA, together with Bunbury Mayor, David Smith officially marked the commencement of works with a ground-breaking ceremony held on-site Thursday 17 January 2013.
Due to for completion April 2013, the improvements to the ski beach and foreshore will offer pedestrians and cyclists better access to the beach through to the neighbouring Marlston Hill, stretches of grassed areas featuring barbecues and picnic tables, and viewing areas overlooking picturesque Koombana Bay.
To read more about the Forward Works program, please refer to the media statement below from the Member for Bunbury.
Further information can also be found on the City of Bunbury website.
Community Information Day
A Koombana North Information Day was held on-site on Saturday 24th November to help community members find out more about what’s proposed to transform the area as part of the vision for the Bunbury Waterfront. More than 150 people attended the event throughout the day and had the opportunity to view and discuss the development plans. Also on display were a series of 5 artists impressions that provided different view perspectives of how the proposed development could look once fully built out.
View the artist's impressions for Koombana North
- Foreshore promenade and Ski Beach community area
- Holman Street extension and parking
- Possible future railway platform
- Interim car parking option, accessed from Koombana Drive
- Entrance to Bunbury from Koombana Drive