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Bunbury to become a civic and cultural hub in the south

By Kevin Kelly

Bunbury is already one of the most vibrant cities in the south of Western Australia, but the latest development from the council will make it a civic and cultural hub as well. Bollig Design Group, a design consultant, won the $122,100 contract in early April, according to a Bunbury City Council media release from April 6.

The design concept will centre on the Wittenoom Street car park, increasing the use of public spaces, providing new pedestrian walkways connecting major routes in the city centre, developing new business opportunities and offering better long-term parking solutions. The area under development includes the council administration building, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries and the South's car park on Wittenoom Street. 

This is an exciting period for Bunbury – the perfect time for anyone looking for a new home to move in!

What will the project include?

The brief for the design includes three separate projects to help achieve the above goals. The first building is the pedestrian connection from Wittenoom Street, the next is a multi-level car park, and finally there will be a public open space, currently described as a "Gallery Square".

"There has been extensive consultation already with many sectors of the community, including a working group that identified a perceived lack of parking in the CBD which was impacting on the viability of existing businesses and creating an impediment to new development," stated Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan.

"We have also spoken to members of the public and held a forum to gauge people's ambitions and expectations in regards to any precinct development, and this has helped us to provide a brief for the consultants to work from. Developing a creatively-designed car park as part of a civic and cultural precinct is an essential component as it creates not only parking for the activation of the area, but importantly provides additional parking for existing and future businesses across the CBD."

How will it impact the city?

During the construction phase, there will be some road closures, some of which will be permanent to better utilise underused sections of open space around the city. Closures and potential one-way sections along Wellington Street and Prinsep Street are currently on the table.

Being a part of a city on the verge of such exciting change is desirable – but you better act fast if you want to buy in Bunbury before the rest of Western Australia catches on! Get in touch with the team at Ray White Bunbury for more information. 

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