South-West Minister Norm Marlborough has welcomed the positive reaction of Busselton residents at a community forum held to discuss plans to revitalise the town foreshore.
“The public and stakeholder briefings over the last three days were very well received,” Mr Marlborough said.
“It was clear that both residents and stakeholders have taken on board the advice of Busselton Shire President Kevin Douglas to look at the big picture for the future of the town.”
Wally Lord, from the Busselton Agriculture Society, highlighted the fact that Busselton was unique but lacked a connection to the beach to attract tourists to the town.
Reece Passmore, of the Goose Restaurant, made the point that it was good to see plans to build accommodation in the town so that visitors would be able to walk everywhere.
Kevin Merrifield, from the Busselton Tennis Club, said he thought the planners had done a good job in principle.
“It has a lot of merit but there are some issues to work through,” Mr Merrifield said.
Mr Marlborough backed the comments, and said a diversity of views had been presented and some good ideas had been put forward.
Busselton Shire President Kevin Douglas said the past three days of consultation had been a successful exercise in community engagement.
“I am grateful to all the people who have participated and provided feedback on the proposals and look forward to seeing the overview of the results,” Mr Douglas said.
The outcomes from the stakeholder and community workshops will be presented to the Busselton Jetty working group for consideration.
The plans were expected to be released in November for a three-week public consultation period.
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