City issues development approval for holiday park expansion

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 

Expansion of one of Bunbury’s popular holiday parks is a step closer to reality with City of Bunbury issuing development approval last month. 

The $8.5 million development at Lot 1881 Koombana Drive will see the Discovery Parks holiday park utilise prime vacant land and expand its accommodation services. 

The development will include tourist cabins and both powered and unpowered camp sites and landscaping. 

Lot 1881 was acquired from the City by Discovery Parks in an agreement which also included the long-term lease over the existing site (Lot 752) and a portion of Lot 3002 Lyons Cove for a water splash park.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the development was another exciting step for the new-look Koombana precinct and proved confidence in the City remained high. 

“That land, at a fantastic and unique location, has been calling out for development for years and it is great to see Discovery Parks’ plans to help make it reach its potential,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“I congratulate Discovery Parks for the work it has done and for further investing in our amazing City.” 

The development application is one of a raft currently under review in the City signalling a continuing sign of confidence and investment in Bunbury, even during the current climate. 

Discovery Holiday Parks Chief Operating Officer Michaela Webster said the development came at an exciting time. 

“We’re thrilled to have the green light on our entire suite of plans to upgrade Discovery Parks – Bunbury; from new accommodation to a splash park that will be available for both tourist and community use,” she said. 

“While it has been a challenging time for tourism, once restrictions begin to be lifted many Australians will be seeking affordable holidays within their own backyards.  

“Improvements to our Bunbury property are hoped to make the region an even more attractive prospect to Aussie families ‘holidaying at home’.”  

The new development will complement the Koombana precinct which will include the water splash park, upgraded Sykes Foreshore playground, Dolphin Discovery Centre and improved Koombana Foreshore with linkages to the CBD. 

The development aligns to the City’s Planning Strategy, supporting the current tourist accommodation landscape.