Council backs Bunbury youth’s vision for precinct

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 

Bunbury’s young people are a step closer to having their very own designated City space after Council on Tuesday endorsed a portion of Luciana Park (Lot 681) as the preferred site for the Youth Precinct. 

The decision follows many months of consultation and community engagement led by Bunbury’s Youth Advisory Council. 

The City and YAC will soon be asking the public what they would like to see at the site before a concept design is developed. 

Elements of the precinct may include but are not limited to parkour, adventure play, skate park, landscaped open space, exercise areas, useable public art and performance/event spaces. 

It is anticipated that the Youth Precinct will become a popular space for locals and visitors to engage with their community, while offering a central location for the young people of the region to interact. 

Bunbury Youth Mayor Sean Smith said YAC was thrilled to have Council’s support for the project and were looking forward to the next step of the planning process. 

“We want this space to be enjoyed and utilised not just by Bunbury’s youth but the whole community as well as visitors to our awesome city,” Mr Smith said. 

“Being in such a prime location and the entry point into the CBD we want to ensure the finished design will be vibrant, inviting and also activate the space to its best ability.” 

Although the site has been zoned for recreational use the City will also seek planning approval from the Western Australian Planning Commission prior to any development going ahead. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan thanked YAC for their efforts in engaging with the community so far and was confident the project would deliver a space Bunbury could be proud of. 

“The Youth Precinct will complement the current developments which have or are happening in that area providing a diverse hub of activity for the community to enjoy,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“From the Dolphin Discovery Centre, soon-to-be-developed water splash park, Koombana Foreshore, Marlston Waterfront and the CBD – our City has become a must-see destination with something for everyone.”