Weekly Snapshot 23 October

Community consultation will be carried out on Thursday to help the City come up with the most appropriate replacement playground equipment in Kelly Park. Members of the community are invited along to Kelly Park from 4pm to 6pm to discuss their ideas and vision with City staff. Students from Carey Park Primary School are also playing a big part in coming up with ideas. The new playground is jointly funded by the City and South West Development Commission.

The City’s Landscape Project Officer has been liaising with the South West Catchment Council regarding the upgrade to the detention/bio-filtration basin at Queens Gardens. The basin has fallen into disrepair and a concept plan that will revegetate problem areas with bio-filtering plants, remove weeds and grass along the border and provide better access for ongoing maintenance is being developed. The overall aim is to improve water quality in the basin and in particular the Leschenault Inlet into which the water flows, as well as provide a better habitat for local fauna, reduce pollution and lift the overall appeal of the area.

A second Events Funding Round opened on 16 October utilising remaining funds from the City’s Annual Grant Funding Program (Events Category) from August 2017. Applications can be submitted up to Friday, 27 October with results distributed by the end of the second week in November for events taking place in Bunbury up to the end of this financial year. More details can be found on the City’s website here: http://www.bunbury.wa.gov.au/Pages/Grant-Funding-Program.aspx.

In a continued effort to promote the Bunbury Wildlife Park to the local community, staff are gearing up for another special weekend on 28 and 29 October with anyone visiting the park dressed in a Halloween theme receiving 25 per cent off entry and a free lolly bag.

Bunbury’s Travelling Piano is now back to its best after receiving a tune-up thanks to Collins Music. The piano, which has been travelling around the Bunbury CBD for over two years, is an old Beale and its solid construction ensures that it can withstand the demands of moving around our city streets.

Improvements are well under way at the South West Sports Centre with the gym reception desk being relocated to the front entry point. This will ensure that gym staff can provide better interaction when members enter and also provide security over personal belongings. Other work at SWC has involved the replacement of shower screens at the aquatics pool deck. The old perspex screens were cracked and discoloured with rusted frames. The new screens have greatly improved this area, making it look more inviting for members. Great feedback has been received from patrons along with a noticeable increase in usage of the showers.

Last week saw the official unveiling of osprey nests specially designed by students from Newton Moore High School and fabricated using funds provided by the City of Bunbury through a Habitat Bunbury grant. These are located near the mangroves.  The installation of these ests was instigated by Cr Judy Jones, who inspired the school to take on the project.  It is hoped that these specially-made nests will give the local osprey population a safe nesting environment for many years to come. The osprey nest project would not have been possible without the support of community members John Cross, structural engineer Steve Woodhouse, Western Power, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and most importantly the Newton Moore Senior High School students.