On July 25, Bunbury City Council voted to adopt the new budget for 2017/18. The budget has a strong focus on community, growth, and improving infrastructure. Mayor Gary Brennan has described the budget as being well-rounded, and says a 4.5 per cent rate increase will allow for responsible spending in achieving the council's strategic objectives.
If you're considering buying real estate in Bunbury, these planned infrastructure improvements may interest you.
The council has allocated $3.7million to the completion of major road works around the city. This includes the realigning and widening of Ocean Drive, the main road spanning the western coast of Bunbury. A further $704,000 has been directed toward putting in new footpaths, as well as maintaining and restoring existing pavements.
State government funding has thrown a small spanner in the works of this allowance, with reductions cutting $85,743 from the budget. Mr Brennan has reassured residents that city officers will ensure they limit the impact of this cut, and that the city's financial situation remains sound.
A sizeable $11.6million has been channeled into allowing the works on Stage 1 of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project to continue. This is a joint effort between the city and South West Development Commission. Construction of a new bridge connecting the foreshore and the CBD is currently underway. The bridge has been designed to be an iconic feature of the waterfront, with steel ribs and lights that will welcome people into the CBD at night.
Further updates to the Koombana area include the construction of 100 more parking bays, and landscaped areas overlooking the beach. We'll also see improvements to accessibility both to the beach and a new playground, and the removal of the old train line.
Other areas of the budget are worth mentioning. Council initiatives to found community groups for the improvement of the CBD were discussed, and $6.7million will be injected into sports and recreation, arts, culture, and community services. One million will be used to redevelop the Stirling Arts Centre, adding two new studio spaces, a meeting room, and a reception/retail space. Toilets and a new kitchen will also be built. A good $436,000 has been allocated to parks and landscaping, while $2.6million will go to proper storm water drainage citywide.
The updates to the budget reflect the council's involvement and willingness to nurture the community and vibrancy of Bunbury. Talk to a Ray White agent today to discuss your new home in this up and coming city.