City Budget prioritises improvements to community infrastructure

Thursday, 27 June 2019   

The City of Bunbury has earmarked about $4 million to go toward improving Bunbury roads in 2019/20 and a further $2 million for improving open spaces. 

A four-year project to realign and widen Ocean Drive will continue and the City will also realign and widen Koombana Drive east. 

Estuary Drive upgrades will continue in the next 12 months with the reconstruction and widening of the road from railway crossing to St Andrews Drive. This will also include improved drainage on the popular entry to Bunbury. 

The City will also spend $874,000 on landscaping to City entry statements.  

In 2019/20 the City will spend $2 million on upgrades to Sykes Foreshore and replacing playground equipment at Queens Gardens as well as replacing reticulation systems to ensure the community’s open spaces continue to thrive. New drink fountains along Bunbury cycle and pathways will also be installed.  

The renewal and upgrade of existing paths including the Big Swamp shared path and expanding of the City’s path and cycle networks have been allocated $1.6 million. 

The City’s marine walls at Leschenault Inlet and Marlston will undergo renewal at an estimated cost of $1.3 million. 

Works to improve and revitalise Brockman Park will be continuing and due for completion by the end of 2019. This and other improvements to the City’s stormwater infrastructure will amount to about $700,000. 

Mayor Gary Brennan said a further $4.5 million had been allocated to major infrastructure projects. 

“This year’s budget allows for planning to begin on the Youth Precinct and for design work to continue on the Civic and Cultural Precinct,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“Construction of the new splash park and upgrades to Sykes Foreshore will also begin shortly and we are looking forward to upgrading infrastructure in Halifax.” 

The City’s modest rate increase of 3 per cent includes 1 per cent for the upgrade and renewal for the City’s ageing infrastructure assets.