The State Government has announced approval of a $23.8million funding strategy for Stage 1 of the proposed Bunbury Waterfront development.
The decision paves the way for work to progress on the project with the Government endorsing Landcorp’s concept plan for Stage 1 of the Bunbury Waterfront.
Announcing the decision, Lands Minister Brendon Grylls and Bunbury MLA John Castrilli said a collaborative effort had gone into the concept plan.
“The Government is determined to provide Bunbury with the opportunity of experiencing all the benefits associated with a world-class waterfront precinct,” Mr Grylls said.
“We have responded to community feedback and the development area for Stage 1 at 11,710sqm is in line with community expectations.”
The $23.8million funding will cover development costs for Stage 1 and includes a $3.5million contribution to the City of Bunbury for the demolition and part restoration of the timber jetty.
Stage 1 will comprise two development areas at Koombana North and Marlston North and provide a mix of commercial, tourist and residential uses; and improved public open space.
Mr Castrilli urged the community to greet the revised plans with a fresh outlook.
“There is much history surrounding the proposed Waterfront project and as with any major development, strong sentiments were expressed. These new plans clearly show the Government has listened and responded accordingly,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Breaking the Waterfront project into stages will allow progress to start in the areas supported by the community, while continued planning and consultation can occur in the future on what the community wishes for Koombana South.”
The Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendments have already been approved by Government for the rezoning of Marlston North and Koombana North. An amendment is now required by the City of Bunbury to their Town Planning Scheme to rezone the land and bring it in line with the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme, and a structure plan produced for the development areas.
“The community will again have an opportunity to provide formal comment on the details of the scheme amendment and the structure plan as part of the statutory public comment period,” Mr Castrilli said.
Landcorp is currently preparing the required amendment documents and anticipates these will be ready for lodgement with the City of Bunbury later this year. This amendment process will then be managed by the City of Bunbury.
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