There are a lot of measurable metrics that people look at when deciding whether or not to live somewhere. The median house price or rent, the local cost of living, the size and make-up of the population: All this and more goes into the equation. But there are also intangible factors that play a part – is the neighbourhood a vibrant, exciting place to live, for example?
Anyone looking for houses to rent in Bunbury (or buy, for that matter) will be pleased to know that the city is set to be very exciting indeed over the next year at least, thanks to a recent round of funding. Twenty-five local events across 2015-16 have been approved for a total of $227,404 between them. They were selected by the Bunbury Events Coordination Group and members of council and city executive staff.
Some of the fantastic events that received the go-ahead to receive the funding are the Geographe Crush, a yearly wine and food festival that makes its way to Bunbury, Diwali 2015, CineFestOZ 2016 and the Bunbury Show, a horse and country music festival. There are also a number of events that will appeal to specific interests.
For instance, for those in their later years, the South West Seniors Expo 2015 and Seniors Have a Go Day should be oodles of fun. Meanwhile there are a number of sporting events, such as the Track Ultra Marathon, Open Water Swim Series and the Bunbury Powerboat Club Fishing Expedition, that should provide boatloads of enjoyment, no pun intended.
"It is wonderful to see such as wide range of events being planned for our city," said mayor Gary Brennan.
"These events will provide social and economic benefits for the city and also instil a great sense of pride in our community."
If you're living in real estate in Australind, Eaton or Bunbury, it looks like you've got quite a year ahead of you.