- Job-creating election commitment for the Transforming Bunbury Waterfront project well underway
- WA company gets $2.5 million contract to complete first part of causeway upgrade
- Works are part of the wider $10.8 million stage two of the Transforming Bunbury Waterfront project
- Improved causeway rock protection, public access and services for Casuarina Boat Harbour penholders
The McGowan Government's Transforming Bunbury Waterfront election commitment has reached a milestone with the awarding of the first contract for stage two of the project.
Western Australian company Advanteering Civil Engineers has been awarded the first of two contracts that will deliver the $10.8 million upgrade of the Jetty Road causeway at Casuarina Boat Harbour in Bunbury.
The contract guarantees local jobs and benefits to the local economy with rock for the project to be sourced from South-West quarries, and local engineering and commercial diving businesses to be subcontracted for other specialised services.
From early November, about 24,000 tonnes of rock will be placed in the water using a specialised long reach excavator to improve protection during storm events.
Rock will be placed in layers over several months where the seabed is soft to maximise strength, and it is anticipated this phase of work will be completed by mid-2019. Another contract for the second phase of the upgrade is expected to be awarded in early 2019, with on-site work anticipated to commence in mid-2019.
Meanwhile, concept planning for the stage two foreshore development along Casuarina Drive has now started and a community survey is being launched today so Bunbury residents can share their thoughts on the revitalisation.
The redevelopment will include better parking at BP Beach, improved pedestrian and cycle links, enhanced landscaping and new spaces for recreational use with protection from coastal hazards.
The survey will close at 12pm on Wednesday October 10, 2018. Once the results are reviewed, draft landscaping designs are expected to be ready in late November and will be made available for community comment.
For more information, visit http://www.transformingbunburyswaterfront.com.au
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The causeway upgrade is a significant first step towards addressing demand for local boating infrastructure and services.
"This work will support a major future expansion in boat pens off the causeway itself, which is currently being planned for the next stage of the TBW project.
"To help drive inspiration and design of the new waterfront precinct, the Bunbury community is invited to give feedback via an online survey to ensure transformation of the precinct is community driven."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The start of Stage 2 works will mark an exciting new milestone in Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront, which is delivering tangible social and economic benefits for the city.
"Importantly, we're continuing to put local jobs at the heart of this project; the commitment to local subcontractors and locally sourced materials is a boost for Bunbury.
"Stage 1 is almost complete with the Dolphin Discovery Centre in the process of being redeveloped for reopening this December."
Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
"Jetty Road is a really important piece of infrastructure that supports the lifestyle we all know and love in Bunbury, so I am really pleased to see the delivery of this election commitment underway.
"BP Beach and Jetty Baths are beaches well loved by our community, so I encourage all members of our community to get involved with the online survey to make sure the redevelopment of Casuarina Drive is reflective of what we want our waterfront to be.
"We went to an election promising that State Government projects in Bunbury would mean local jobs, and I am proud that through projects like this stage of Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront we are delivering on that commitment."
Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200