Over the New Year's break, The Bunbury Mail will be taking a look back at the year that was 2021.
Our annual 'Year in Review' will recount the biggest stories from each of the past 12 months.
'BREC shows to reschedule' - August 4, 2021
Productions cancelled or postponed amid Covid-19 related lockdowns.
Covid-19 related lockdowns on the east coast of Australia had resulted in the cancellation and/or postponement of productions at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.
Despite a lack of cases in Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria continued to record new cases of Coronavirus in their various communities.
'Urgent action needed' - August 4, 2021
Agencies called for more help to Bunbury homeless amid housing shortage.
Housing shortages in Bunbury continued to push more residents into homelessness as a decision was awaited on how to alleviate the situation.
Bunbury's 'tent city', which was particularly visible at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell adjacent from the Bunbury Busport, continued to be home to multiple homeless in the region.
'It is a bad situation' - August 11, 2021
State government's $2 million Covid-19 crisis relief fund to assist Indonesia.
The state government announced a $2 million Covid-19 crisis relief fund for Indonesia as the country battled more than 22,000 new cases daily of the Coronavirus, Delta variant.
Officially announced on August 5, the grant was similar to the Covid-19 relief grant for India announced in May, allowing local, Indonesian community organisations within Western Australia to provide on the ground support in Indonesia.
'Political ballgame continues over homeless crisis' - August 11. 2021
Western Australian government hit back at comments made by opposition over Bunbury's homeless situation.
The state government hit back at opposition MLC James Hayward over criticisms made over the homelessness situation in Bunbury.
In a media statement released on August 4, Mr Hayward addressed the state government's need to 'urgently address' the 'escalating' homeless crisis in Bunbury.
'No rate rise for Capel Shire' - August 18, 2021
Shire of Capel endorsed zero per cent rate increase.
Despite officer recommendations, the Shire of Capel council voted in a 0 per cent rate increase for the 2021/22 financial year.
As decided at the Shire's Special Council Meeting on August 11, Shire of Capel President Michael Southwell pushed an amendment of a 0 per cent increase, going against the officers recommendation of an increase of 2 per cent.
''Smart parking' overhaul' - August 18, 2021
City of Bunbury to implement 'smart parking' system in the Bunbury CBD.
The City of Bunbury announced a new 'smart parking' system to be rolled out in early 2022 across the Bunbury CBD.
The new system planned to see the removal of on-street parking meters, to be replaced with in-ground sensors, removing the requirement for shoppers to display a ticket when parking.
'Call for tourism shafts' - August 25, 2021
Donnybrook Historical Society called for abandoned mine shafts to be preserved for heritage value.
The Donnybrook Historical Society called on relevant, government bodies to consider preserving some, if not all, of the abandoned mine shafts in the Donnybrook goldfields.
The Donnybrook mine shafts were used to mine gold from 1897 to 1903 and are located within an area of forest some two kilometres south of Donnybrook.