In 2018 the Koombana Foreshore precinct was redeveloped as part of Stage 1 of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project – a joint effort between the City and South West Development Commission and funded through the State Government’s Royalties For Regions Growing Our South Initiative.
The $10.8 million project designed by Cardno (WA) Pty Ltd was carried out by Ertech Pty Ltd on behalf of the City of Bunbury.
Sixteen South West contractors were involved in the project with the value of local work being $7.85m, or 72 per cent of the total funds to be spent on the project.
Key improvements to the area included:
- Construction of 100 extra parking bays, taking the total to almost 400;
- Improved traffic access, including left turn only from Anchorage Cove to Koombana Drive;
- A pedestrian promenade along the beach;
- Revamped kiosk and public amenities;
- Improved beach access, including disabled access;
- Amphitheatre and shaded areas;
- Extensive landscaped areas overlooking the beach, including the relocation of car parks closer to
- Koombana Drive;
- Removal of the old train line and
- Construction of an inclusive playground
The now iconic Koombana Footbridge was also a major part of the redevelopment and was designed to pay homage to Bunbury’s history and honour the shipwrecks which occurred in the bay. Along the promenade of the bridge a timeline of Bunbury’s shipwrecks has been etched into the concrete as well as a coastal map.
The ribs of the bridge light up at night with the walkway providing a link between the foreshore and the CBD.
A brand new accessible toilet and change room facility is also a new inclusion at Koombana Foreshore.
A Changing Place is a secure and clean bathroom specifically designed for people who need space and assistance to manage their bathroom needs while in the community and for whom universal access toilets are not suitable.
The facility includes a centrally-located toilet, ceiling hoist, adult-sized change table, enough room for two support people and automatic door.
Click here for more information about the Changing Place facility
The facility is just one of a raft of accessibility improvements at the Koombana Foreshore precinct.
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Free Wi-Fi for Koombana Foreshore users
Visitors to Bunbury’s iconic Koombana Foreshore can now access free Wi-Fi at the popular precinct.
No password is required to access the service – users simply select the network and can browse away 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Wi-Fi can be accessed from the amphitheatre to the playground.
Public Art at Koombana Forershore
For information on Wardandi Boodja click here
For more information on the indigenous art project click here
For more information on Dexter the Dolphin click here
The City of Bunbury has been honoured with the Park of Year award for the Koombana Foreshore redevelopment.
Along with Cardno (WA) Pty Ltd the City was recognised for the multi-million dollar project at the Parks and Leisure WA Awards of Excellence for 2018.
The award sponsored by Domus Nursery celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful, well designed and managed new or significantly revitalised parks/open spaces by recognising and rewarding exceptional examples of best practice in terms of design and management.
The City of Bunbury (in association with Cardno WA Pty Ltd) was honoured in March 2019 with an Award for Annual Achievement for the Koombana Bay Foreshore redevelopment.
The award was announced at the 2019 Australian Coastal Awards at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference in Kiama, New South Wales.
The Awards were established to acknowledge the achievement of individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian coastal environment, settlements and sustainability.