Weekly Snapshot 4 December

​A temporary toilet has been installed at Jetty Baths to replace the previous structure which was unable to be used due to its poor condition. The facility is connected to the existing plumbing with temporary paths and steps installed. It will be in place until the replacement facility approved at last Tuesday’s council meeting is installed.

City staff attended the inaugural Procure South West event at Bunbury TAFE with a focus on engaging with local businesses on procurement opportunities and networking with businesses. The purpose was to let businesses know how the City procures its “goods and services”, provide information on new Vendor Panel software that will be rolled out in 2018, and also provide some winning tender advice to assist businesses finishing in pole position and winning tenders whether it be with the City of Bunbury or other businesses.

A new double plate accessible barbecue will be installed at Tuart Brook Park in Usher as part of the City’s replacement program. Both single plate barbecues will be removed and retained for spare parts with the new double plate unit to be installed under the shade structure at the eastern end of the park.

Bunbury’s first quarterly events calendar (along with matching taster video clip) has been launched. With the city about to experience its biggest events season on record, A5 events calendars have been produced to provide residents and visitors with readily-accessible event information. These will be distributed to all City facilities and CBD businesses at the start of each season, with the events taster clip promoted via social media.

CBD businesses can take part in a Free Trade Area trial until January as part of a push to help activate the city centre. The aim of this trial is to add vibrancy and creativity to the CBD whilst offering businesses promotional opportunities and maintaining access, all without having to apply for a permit or pay a fee. An internal working group will be visiting all CBD businesses to introduce them to the trial and monitor uptake and feedback throughout the two-month period, with an evaluation to take place in February to determine longer term plans.

A social media clip is about to hit people’s feeds to highlight the various things to do in Bunbury over the Christmas period, including markets, Christmas shopping, Christmas in the City and beach activities. This clip will run as sponsored posts on the City’s social media with the aim of encouraging residents to visit the CBD and shop local over the Christmas period.

Two high quality TV commercials have been developed showcasing the diversity of experiences available in the Bunbury CBD with the aim of encouraging visitation to the area. The first, a couples-focused clip began airing on GWN7 at the weekend with a coordinated social media launch to take place the next morning. The second clip, this time family-focused, will be released later in December. Both will screen on the television over the summer period.

The new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022 will be launched on Friday with an afternoon tea in the Council Function Room. This will be followed by a game of Bocce with iSports in the Council Gardens. In addition to these events, three City staff members and Cr Betty McCleary will be spending a day in a wheelchair as part of the Rebound WA wheelchair challenge.  Rebound WA is a great organisation that provides sporting opportunities for people with a disability.

Bunbury has been chosen as a regional trial site for an Australian Government initiative AccessAbility Day.  This day connects employers and people with a disability during Disability Awareness Week this week. The City is participating as an employer and has teamed up with local disability employment provider Forrest Personnel and Great Southern Personnel to arrange some work placements for people with a disability.