Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Bunbury contractor to deliver major tourist attraction

    11/01/2018 10:00 AM
    • Bunbury-based company wins contract to deliver $8.3 million upgrade and expansion of Dolphin Discovery Centre
    • Job-creating project to start in February and due for completion in late 2018 

    The $8.3 million contract for the redevelopment of the iconic Dolphin Discovery Centre has been won by a Bunbury-based contractor, further evidence of the McGowan Government's commitment to local content and local jobs.


    Bunbury-based Perkins Builders will deliver the upgrade and expansion of the tourist attraction, with partial site possession to take place next month prior to works on the main building getting underway from May.


    The interpretative centre and café will remain open until the end of April before closing to enable construction to take place. The centre will continue to operate eco cruises.


    The project will be completed late this year, with the opening of an iconic new building designed by Bunbury practice MCG Architects.


    It will boast state-of-the art facilities including a new interpretative centre and exhibits, café and souvenir shop designed to lure both domestic and international visitors to Bunbury and the wider South-West.


    The Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment, along with the revitalisation of the Koombana Bay foreshore, forms stage one of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "This is a fantastic outcome for the Dolphin Discovery Centre project and for local Bunbury workers, showing our Government's commitment to local content.


    "Even before the new and improved tourist attraction opens its doors, the project is already delivering economic benefits through creation of local job and subcontract opportunities.


    "The new centre will attract even more visitors to Bunbury, with tourists expected to visit not only the centre but also stay on to check out what else the city has to offer."


    Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch:


    "This project will deliver to Bunbury a new iconic building that will support jobs and tourism opportunities well into the future.


    "Buy local is not just a slogan, it's an absolute commitment from the McGowan Government that is delivering real outcomes for our community.


    "The fact that the redeveloped Dolphin Discovery Centre will be built by a local company to locally prepared designs is an outstanding result for Bunbury."


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