The major funding announcements for Bunbury have continued with $20.73 million for stage two of the waterfront development committed by the state government on Friday.
In May, $24.9 million for stage one of the development was announced to revitalise Koombana Bay and redevelop the Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Premier Colin Barnett said the second stage would deliver infrastructure essential to meet the current and future demands of the new marina and establish a foundation for future stages.
“Improving the city’s shorelines for community use and providing the necessary infrastructure will increase visitation and stimulate growth of the local marine and tourism industries,” he said.
“These announcements allow the City to get on with managing those two stages to very quickly transform this waterfront area.”
Regional Development minister Terry Redman said the Royalty for Regions funded investment would deliver improved access and pathways throughout the waterfront, with addition amenities including a boardwalk and plaza as well as addressing issues with coastal erosion.
“In a very short period of time we have committed to the first two stages of this project which should give Bunbury the confidence that we are supporting a major regional city and are committing a serious investment to make the foreshore as good as anywhere else you may visit,” he said.
City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said it is exciting times for the city.
“The Bunbury community is experiencing a wonderful feeling of confidence and I am seeing it on a daily basis,” he said.
“When the government gets behind our city the way it has done today, it strengthens our community in lots of ways.
“We are underway and I think we will see more and more interest and investment in our great city as a result.”
Bunbury MLA John Castrilli said the funding is part of the continued revitalisation of Bunbury.
“In just a matter of weeks the government has committed $46 million in investment to transform the Bunbury waterfront,” he said.
“For a long time we have been talked about as a city of three waters and I think in the not-too-distant future we will realise that potential.”
Planning continues for stage three and four of the project.
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