Splash park ready for summer

Thursday, 13 December 2018 

Bunbury’s water splash park is a step closer to reality after Council on Tuesday evening agreed to enter into an agreement with Discovery Holiday Parks which would see the park ready for summer 2019/20.

This follows from the 13 November Council resolution to proceed to public consultation on the land disposal of Lot 1881 Koombana Drive and long-term leases over Lot 752 Koombana Drive and a portion of Lot 3002 Lyons Cove between the City and Discovery.

Lyons Cove has been earmarked for the water splash park.

The City together with Discovery Holiday Parks hosted a public information session for interested community members and invited comment from the public. A total of 16 submissions were received.

Overall, the community has shown its support for the development.

Concerns raised related to the concept plans for the splash park, traffic management and resident relocations as a result of the extension of the holiday park. All concerns have been noted and will be worked through with the relevant parties.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the Council resolution was an important milestone in getting the project off the ground.

“The community has been waiting patiently for this and we are excited about this agreement with Discovery Holiday Parks in being able to give the community what they have been asking for,” Mayor Brennan said.

“Not only will this project activate the area but it will create jobs, increase visitation to the City and help leverage investment back into Bunbury.”

The City will now enter into a sale and development agreement with Discovery Holiday Parks over Lot 1881 Koombana Drive, as well as a long-term lease over Lot 752 Koombana Drive and a portion of Lot 3002 Lyons Cove.

Once the contract has been signed by both parties, a development application will be submitted to the City with construction of the splash park expected to begin in April 2019.

The splash park will be managed by Discovery Holiday Parks.

Discovery Holiday Parks Chief Operating Officer, Michaela Webster, said:

“We’re pleased to be signing a new 50-year lease with Council, which will enable us to create this exciting new splash park and expand our accommodation offering.”

The City of Bunbury will contribute $700,000 to the $1.7million splash park project as well as upgrade the existing Sykes Foreshore playground and public open space by providing new amenities, landscaping and parking.

Consultation for the playground will begin in early 2019 to find out what the community would like included in the upgrades to the playground and public open space.