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Business Focus May 2016



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David Kerr

Chamber President

From the


Development In Bunbury

This structure identifies key areas

of focus and is directed at providing

increased relevance, added value

to membership and growing the


A Facebook group has been established

at BCCI Hospitality, Tourism and

Retail Working Group to continue the


The task group met in late May to

discuss how to drive this concept

forward and there were plenty of ideas


The next meeting will be scheduled in

early June after we have had time to

consolidate our name change with key

parties across the region.

Contact the Chamber for further

information on 9791 2292.

Other focus areas

We will be progressively establishing

the other key areas under our new

structure over the next few months

so, if you are interested in getting

involved in establishing this bottom

up mechanism, please contact the

Chamber on 9791 2292.

Areas of focus at this stage are:

• Industry Government & Economic

. Development

• Creative Enterprise

• Services & Professional

• Business Development & Services

• Not for Profit

• Member Services

Stay safe and good trading.

The City of Bunbury Council Planning

Department is being kept busy with a host

of development’s being planned and under

construction around the city.

The City is working with the State

Government as a test case in implementing

the State’s new Planning and Development

Regulations 2015.

So far this year’s big tickets have been

shopping centre expansion plans with the

$58m redevelopment of Bunbury Forum;

$20m link of Centrepoint and Stirling

shopping centres; the $9m expansion of

The Plaza, where constructing is well

underway, and $8m plans for an Aldi

supermarket on the former St John of God

Hospital site on Edward Street.

AustPro Management Services’ $8m

mixed use development at Koombana

North, next to The Plug, will include four

commercial spaces as well as 14 Aspire

Apartments and is due for completion late

next year.

Adding to the big ticket items are a range

of developments around the city, mostly

valued at between $1m and $3m.

The Bunbury Motel on Forrest Avenue is

building 22 new rooms with a new office

and reception and kitchen and dining


The northern end of the CBD is becoming

a hotspot for development, in contrast

to the recently fire-damaged Reef Hotel

which has been fenced off.

Both corners of the block on Clifton

Street opposite Grand Cinemas could be

developed, with plans for Victoria Square

on the corner of Victoria Street, a site

previously used as a tyre retailer, licensing

centre and Forrest MP Nola Marino’s office

before becoming a temporary car park,

and a new commercial space planned next

door at the corner of Casuarina Drive, a

site which has been variously used by the

old Bunbury Markets, DAD Realty and

Brecken Heath.

Outside the city centre there are upgrades

to offices on Beach Road in South

Bunbury, a redevelopment of Bunbury

Toyota on Spencer Street and new

commercial warehouses proposed for the

premises formerly used by Elders near the

corner of Sandridge and Picton roads.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

will hold its regional conference on June

10 at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment


In its invitation the PIA uses this quote:

“As far as population size goes, big is

no longer important, and it can even be a

drawback. In fact, the future belongs more

to second-tier cities.

Any place can become a world-class

[centre] today by finding an area in which

it outperforms others, by thinking for the

long term, by expanding its competitive

abilities and by operating globally.”

Charles Landry, author of ‘The Creative

City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators’.