Weekly Snapshot 25 September

Widening of Ocean Drive between Hudson Road and Hastie Street is currently being proposed by the City to allow for on-road bicycle lanes. Major works are scheduled to start in January with preliminary works associated with survey setout and location of services to be undertaken this month. Works during the September/October period will have little impact on traffic.

An upgrade of the Bussell Highway and Robertson Drive roundabout is under way to create a more welcoming southern entry into Bunbury. The City’s Landscape and Open Space crew has removed the mulch and prepared the median for paving. A lot of preparation has gone into the area which will receive a new lease on life thanks to the upgrade.

Hard and green waste verge-side collections are coming up with the first to begin in early October and running until November. Residents can find out the dates for their area by visiting the City’s website.

Wildflower banners have been installed on Victoria Street for the second year. The images on the banners were taken in local bushland by City staff member Peter Wright on an iPad. The wildflower banners will be displayed until late October and then replaced by the festive banners and lights.

The initial CBD Activation Advisory Group meeting was held last week, featuring over a dozen community members representing interests such as the retail sector, real estate and the general community. The group will be meeting frequently to progress a CBD revitalisation plan, including short term and long term goals to be presented to Council for endorsement prior to the end of the calendar year.

The Bunbury Wildlife Park has been accepted into the Zoo Aquarium Association of Australasia. Membership of this prestigious organisation brings the Wildlife Park into a community of high quality wildlife parks and zoos around Australasia, enabling access to their animal collections and the opportunity to participate in breeding and conservation programs. 

Bunbury Library has received a number of positive comments about how “fresh” its collection is starting to look. This comes from hard work by our Library Collections Team who have been “weeding” the collection, which involves removing items that are no longer accessed by the community or are looking a bit worse for wear. The team then looks at the latest trends, popular authors and best sellers and purchase new items to ensure the community has relevant material to meet their needs.

To celebrate Senior’s Week, the City is encouraging its older residents to get active and outdoors and be part of the Seniors Week Walk around Queens Gardens. The walk, which is aimed at all fitness levels, will be followed by a morning tea and information session with community organisations that promote active lifestyles for seniors. The walk and information session is aimed at people 65 years and over and will promote active ageing and highlight the importance that exercise and staying active has in longevity and being able to ‘age in place’.  The event will kick off at 9am on Wednesday, 1 November.

BRAG’s Education and Communications Officer Michele Grimston has returned from a two-day conference at the National Gallery of Australia where she has been learning about Art and Dementia programs from galleries across the country.  She has returned with many ideas on how to develop BRAG’s own Arts and Alzheimer’s program, which has been successfully running for two years.

After finalising the subdivision and all land sales of the City of Bunbury’s property at the corner of Latreille Road and Halsey Street in June this year, an update has been received by one of the purchasers advising that their new home is part way through construction. The sale and development of these residential lots continues to add to the City of Bunbury’s rate base and shows encouraging signs of a recovering residential market.