Business Focus May 2016
B C C I
What Now At Koombana?
Most of you will have seen the recent
announcement of Stage 1 Funding under
the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront
Project and will hopefully be as excited by
it as we are.
It has come after some considerable
work by the Committee Chaired by John
Castrilli MP, the South West Development
Commission and the Bunbury Marine
Facilities Alliance of which the Chamber
is a foundation member.
Hopefully many of you participated in
the public consultation process and can
see some of your ideas being recognised
through the project.
Stage 1 specifically relates to Koombana
Bay with the Stage 2 Business Case
(Jetty Road and Casuarina Drive) before
Government for consideration, and Stage
3 to follow on from the current EPA
assessment and design process (water
based infrastructure) and the expiration of
leases at the Outer Harbour in December
Stage 1 ($24.9m) includes the Dolphin
Discovery Centre (DDC) upgrade and
landscaping along Koombana Bay.
Detailed design has commenced on
both, with MCG Architects of Bunbury
appointed to the DDC component and
tenders recently closed for the landscaping
design component being run through the
City of Bunbury.
The DDC Upgrade building tenders will
be advertised prior to Christmas and we
are hoping for a commencement by the
end of March.
An objective of the project is to complete
the works so that the centre can be
operating in the upgraded facilities by
December 2017 to capture the peak
tourism market. Some site works and
small building relocations are expected to
take place later this year.
The latest DDC concept plan is quite
different to previous concepts and has
been adjusted for restrictions imposed by
the preservation of the rail reserve and
its implications on visitor movement and
The redevelopment will realise a
new business model for the centre
and is designed to achieve long term
sustainability, inject new energy and
product into our tourism profile and
activate Koombana and the CBD.
A noticeable change will be free
community access to the site, a commercial
kitchen with café/ restaurant, a multiuse
functions space, a rooftop bar and
revamped interpretive space ($2m)
bringing technology and nature together.
Visitors will only pay for tours and access
to the interpretive experience. The beach
dolphin interaction zone will continue to be
controlled by volunteers but will have free
The Koombana Landscaping Project
will see major community amenity
improvements including changes to
parking, pathway connectivity to the CBD,
coastal protection, kiosk makeover, pop
up spaces, pedestrian bridge upgrade, new
beach auditorium, public use facilities and
Once the landscape design work is
completed it will be put out to construction
tender, with work anticipated to be
complete during 2017.
Combined with other projects - such as
the Koombana Drive upgrade, Koombana
North, New York-style apartments
proposed for the corner of Lyons Cove
and Koombana Drive and the Department
of Parks and Wildlife - Research and
Admin relocation opposite the DDC - this
area will be a showcase for the city and
inject confidence which will promote new
development opportunities across the
South West IT is a locally based IT
company that offers personalised and
professional services to both home and
Bunbury businessman Tony Vernon
owns and operates South West IT from
Unit 5, 8 George Street in Bunbury and
services the entire South West Region,
north to Mandurah and south to Albany.
Tony has worked in the industry for 10
years and started the business in March
South West IT services across a range
of technologies including smart
devices, PCs and laptops, Servers,
email setup and hosting as well as
The company has two staff members
who are “passionate about what we do,
without being nerdy about it”.
“We can listen to a client, gain an
understanding of the issue and help
them to resolve it,” Tony said.
“Our service offers are always
evolving. We are currently assisting
users to migrate to Windows 10 and
Office 365 for emails.”
Tony has become a Chamber Member
primarily for the networking events,
but also to gain an understanding of
issues that will affect his business.
Tony Vernon -
South West IT