Bunbury's waterfront will be transformed, with the State Government today announcing $24.9 million of Royalties for Regions funding in the State Budget to revitalise Koombana Bay and redevelop the Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Premier Colin Barnett said the funding would support the first stage of the waterfront redevelopment and would provide long-term benefits to Bunbury and surrounding communities.
"Bunbury will have a vibrant waterfront, new job and business opportunities, a revamped tourist attraction and enhanced open space community facilities - all connected back to the city centre," Mr Barnett said.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the investment would support an upgrade of facilities at Koombana Bay including footpaths, landscaping, car parking, an amphitheatre, access to the foreshore, a boardwalk and revegetation works to help protect the coastal dunes from future erosion.
"The existing Dolphin Discovery Centre will also be redeveloped to provide new space for conference and meeting facilities, cafe restaurants, merchandising and contemporary, world-class interpretative displays that will allow for greater interaction for visitors," Dr Nahan said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the improvements to Koombana Bay and the Dolphin Discovery Centre were the first stage of a major transformation of the Bunbury waterfront, providing a high-quality waterfront destination for locals and tourists to enjoy.
"The opportunity to interact with wild dolphins is a major drawcard for Bunbury and this redevelopment will make the Dolphin Discovery Centre a world-class tourism attraction," Mr Redman said.
"Projects like this help in building the local economy, both during the construction phase through use of local contractors and into the longer term by increasing visitors and attracting new businesses to the area."
The revitalisation of Koombana Bay and redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre is part of a comprehensive strategy for breathing new life into Bunbury's waterfront
The budget for Stage 1 is $25.91 million, with the City of Bunbury contributing $1.04 million in addition to the $24.9 million from Royalties for Regions
The vision for redeveloping Bunbury's waterfront has been co-ordinated by the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront committee, which has been led by the South West Development Commission
Royalties for Regions, through the Growing Our South initiative, will invest $600 million to revitalise the South-West, Peel, Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions
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