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Business Focus May 2016





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

entry points.

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

public art.

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



concept forKoombanaBay.

South West IT is a locally based IT

company that offers personalised and

professional services to both home and

small businesses.

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

domain registrations.

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