Premier visits Bunbury to announce committee

Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, Premier Mark McGowan, Member for Bunbury Don Punch and Bunbury Development Committee chair Robyn Fenech.
Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, Premier Mark McGowan, Member for Bunbury Don Punch and Bunbury Development Committee chair Robyn Fenech.

Premier Mark McGowan visited Bunbury last week to announce the formation of the Bunbury Development Committee.

The new committee will guide three key projects and deliver on the government’s commitment to continue to grow Bunbury into WA’s vibrant second city.  

The Bunbury Development Committee will initially co-ordinate three key projects - the Bunbury Waterfront, Withers central community area and the Glen Iris redevelopment.

The Premier said the creation of the committee was a big step forward in delivering projects, creating more WA jobs and better community infrastructure. 

“We made this commitment in our plan for Bunbury because it was called for locally and this organisation will drive some of the local projects that we are very keen to see happen,” he said. 

“This committee is filled with local people of stature who are well respected across the political divide.

“We want to make sure that there is local buy-in and local drive and local commitment to some of the great projects we have happening here in Bunbury.”

Member for Bunbury Don Punch said the committee would ensure local perspectives and views were prioritised.

“The Bunbury Development Committee members are all people who have a passion for Bunbury and are committed to helping our community fulfill its potential,” he said. 

“I am really looking forward to the new energy and ideas the committee will bring to these major projects in Bunbury.”

The committee will report to Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti who said the group would greatly benefit Bunbury and surrounding areas by aligning the efforts of government and community stakeholders to advance existing plans into development outcomes that create jobs and economic growth in the South-West region.

Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia was also in Bunbury and said it was very exciting to see the progress being made. 

“I think we’re on the cusp of a very exciting time,” he said.

“Increasingly people are becoming aware of what Bunbury has to offer, it’s perfectly located to live and also to visit.”