Bunbury unveils disabled access fishing jetty

The state government has ticked off another election promise from its list with a new fishing platform in Bunbury.

The platform is especially designed to cater for people with a disability, elderly and very young residents.

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Bunbury MLA Don Punch officially opened the platform on July 1, 2020, which is the first time the public has been allowed access to the Bunbury Outer Harbour since 2014.

Ms MacTiernan said Bunbury residents had been asking for a safe, accessible fishing spot for years.

"This is a fantastic example of key stakeholders coming together to deliver a positive outcome for the community," she said.

The project was a joint venture with Southern Ports, South West Development Commission, the City of Bunbury and South32.

Southern Ports invested $217,000 into converting the Service Jetty into the community fishing facility, including relocating two mooring vessels to one end to free up significant space along the western end of the platform.

Mr Punch said he was pleased to see this project finished.

"I've lobbied hard for this project, because I know the community have been asking for this for years, and everyone should have the opportunity to throw a line in the water if they want to," he said.

"This platform allows for a better fishing experience, and I can't wait to see people out and about enjoying this great new community facility."

Ms MacTiernan said there was thorough consultation done to ensure the platform was designed to suit the mobility needs of all members of the community.