Weekly snapshot 6 November 2017

Staff from Media and Marketing and Landscape and Open Space joined forces over the past few weeks to engage with community members regarding replacement of playground equipment at Kelly Park. The response has been fantastic with students from Carey Park Primary School, residents and indigenous community members all providing valuable input into what they would like to see replace the tired equipment currently in Kelly Park. A list is currently being compiled with the aim to engage a provider to come up with a series of designs, which will go back to the community for the final decision.

As part of Council’s efforts to encourage other forms of transport and provide improved cycling facilities, it is proposed to construct cycle lanes along Ocean Drive from Washington Avenue through to Hayward Street. This project will be undertaken in a number of stages over several financial years. The first stage to be delivered will be the section of Ocean Drive from Hudson Road through to Hastie Street with construction expected to begin in mid-January. The roadworks have been designed to minimise impact on adjacent vegetation. This is a Regional Road Group project that is two-thirds funded by the State.

The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre recently handed back objects that have been on loan from the Kerry Stokes Collection. The Museum looks forward to more exciting loans from the wonderful Stokes’ Collection in the near future. The Museum is looking forward to a very busy November, with numerous school groups and several large visitor groups. The Bunbury Men of Song will conduct their song-writing workshop in the classroom and there will be a book launch for a local author.

The SilverSport project has now ended with all funding being utilised to provide Bunbury seniors with funds to take part in sport and recreation activities. In total, 741 applications were processed, which equates to $148,200 in funding being provided.  The Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries will now conduct a review of the pilot SilverSport project with a view to the future of the project.

The shipwreck located in the Leschenault Inlet (opposite the rowing club shed) has become increasingly exposed in recent months. Liaison with WA Museum Maritime Archaeology officers has resulted in a number of recommendations that should help in the long term conservation of the shipwreck.

Verge trees at the northern end of the Homemakers centre have been removed as part of a tree replacement strategy. Following an on-site meeting between City staff and businesses regarding damage to the infrastructure at properties, it was decided the trees at the Mervyn Street end of Albert road would be removed ASAP to prevent further damage occurring. These trees will be replaced with spotted gums as part of the 2018 winter planting program.