Fast Tracked Funds For Bunbury Waterfront

$65m Committed To Stage Three

13 April 2017

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The pledge to transform Bunbury's waterfront area is set to accelerate with the Labor Government announcing a fast-tracked cash injection to finish the project.

Don Punch MLA, who won the seat of Bunbury at the March election, was joined by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan to make the announcement, which will see $65 million over the next two financial years funding Stage Three of the project.

"I love this project," said Ms. MacTiernan, holding a press conference at Casuarina Harbour.

"We have committed the funding a total of $65 million to complete Stage Three of this project to drive jobs and growth in this area.

"Those projects are underway, so we'll see a continous rollout of the projects between now and 2020-21."

The funding will come through Royalties For Regions, of which there is speculation about how it will be used or managed under a Labor government.

"While we think there is a role for amenity, the amenity alone does not drive jobs," said Ms. MacTiernan. "This particular project with the marine facilities development in it has the ability to drive a new industry here."

Stage Three of the Transform Bunbury Waterfront project will see the construction of the Casuarina and Koombana breakwaters.

The Koombana Bay breakwater is expected to lead to private investment in the creation of a multi-club facility.

Work on stages one and two will start on April 26.

Earlier today, Mr. Punch met with the South West Development Commission and other stakeholders to discuss the way forward with his election winning plan for the Bunbury area.

"We're four weeks into government and we're hitting the ground running with that plan. So I'll be talking with a number of ministers who have responsibilities under that plan.

"That includes the Australind train committment, includes our committments in Withers, so exciting times ahead.

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