Dolphin Discovery Centre forward works completed and ready for the next step

Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr, South West Development Commission assistant director infrastructure Ashley Clements, DDC volunteers Jean Giles and Pam Maddison, and DDC volunteer coordinator Jan Tierney at the relocated volunteer and research building.
Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr, South West Development Commission assistant director infrastructure Ashley Clements, DDC volunteers Jean Giles and Pam Maddison, and DDC volunteer coordinator Jan Tierney at the relocated volunteer and research building.

Another milestone has been reached in the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront initiative with the completion of the forward works for the multi-million dollar Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment.

After months of construction, the strategic infrastructure required for the centre’s upgrade and expansion to go ahead is now in place including the relocated volunteer and research building, boat and storage shed, pump shed, and water tanks.

DDC general manager David Kerr said the successful delivery of the first phase of the redevelopment by local firm Perkins Builders paves the way for the main component of the project to get under way.

“We have now delivered the key infrastructure that is required for the main project to begin,” Mr Kerr said.

South West Development Commission assistant director infrastructure Ashley Clements said the completion of the forward works represented an exciting step forward for the project.

“The tender for the main works closes this Wednesday June 21, with an announcement about the successful applicant to be made in July,” Mr Clements said.

“Earlier this month, local businesses had the opportunity to connect with the three short-listed tenderers at an information session.

“Where possible we want local people engaged.”

The redevelopment of the DDC forms part of stage one of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project, which also includes the revitalisation of the Koombana Bay foreshore.

A total of $24.9 million in State Government money from the Royalties for Regions Growing Our South initiative is supporting stage one.