City of Bunbury will undertake community and stakeholder engagement regarding an ocean pool at Wyalup Rocky Point following Council endorsement of a business case and concept plan for the project.
Published 04 July 2023
It follows a number of studies into the viability of the project including site investigation, noise and visual impacts, geotechnical investigation and an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Report.
A refined concept plan proposes a community, free-to-use, saltwater ocean pool nestled among the existing basalt rocks and channel, featuring a 50m lap pool, 25m rehabilitation pool, entry ramp with wheelchair access, children’s pool and wading zone.
The plan also includes amenities and landscaping of the precinct.
While the Council endorsed the impressive concept plans, it is now crucial that the City gauges from its community if it wants an ocean pool and its thoughts on the proposed project.
The Council also endorsed the City identifying and seeking funding opportunities including from State and Federal governments, and private investment with the project estimated at $17.82 million plus additional ongoing yearly operational and maintenance costs.
The City is currently putting together the engagement plan which is set to be launched on its community engagement hub, Community Connect, next month – watch this space.
This is an important next step for the City, with community and stakeholder input crucial and valuable to the ocean pool project.
The plan will also include further Aboriginal community consultation regarding the heritage and cultural significance of the proposed location.