Halifax Business Park boosted by funding

A $3 million boost for Bunbury's Halifax Business Park was announced earlier this week to help unlock opportunities for business growth and job creation.

The state government funding will allow infrastructure enhancements to begin later this year to improve security, safety and access for businesses.

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball congratulated the members of the Halifax Working Group for their work that led to achieving funding for the park.

"Halifax Business Park will be a better place to do business for current and future businesses, thanks to the efforts of this group," she said.

"The project will address the issues relating to infrastructure within the precinct, with the enhancements to support long-term investment and generate economic growth."

Improvements will include the installation of CCTV at 22 strategic locations and entrances within the precinct, improving the road network by installing a slip lane, and providing sewerage to an area that does not currently have it.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he was pleased to see the project going ahead describing it as a critical investment for the city.

"The business owners in Halifax have been calling for this investment for such a long time and I would like to recognise those local businesses owners who have worked hard for years to secure this funding," he said.

"For businesses to be able to thrive they need the right environment and supporting infrastructure which is what these improvements are set to deliver.

"The Halifax Business Park is a really important asset for our local economy but it needs some improvement to become an even more attractive option for businesses."

The project will be delivered by the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry and City of Bunbury, who worked with the South West Development Commission and businesses to identify areas needing to be addressed.

Bunbury City Glass has been part of the park for the last six years and owner Fiona Skilbeck said she believed the improvments would help entice other businesses to the area.

"Having safe access to Halifax Drive off the highway will be really good and having more cameras in the area means smaller businesses won't be so concerned about break-ins," she said.