The City of Busselton is adopting a different approach to getting things done.
Chief Executive Officer Mike Archer has a commitment to achieve great outcomes for the community, particularly to ensure the delivery of several significant major projects in the region within a set time frame. The Major Projects Team is a small group of specialist staff who work together to co-ordinate and bring these projects to fruition.
Several exciting infrastructure projects will deliver tangible benefits for the community over the next few years. They include the Busselton Regional Airport Expansion, Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment, the building of the Community Resource Centre and the Dunsborough Foreshore Enhancement.
The Major Projects Team also researches the feasibility of new project concepts and, at any time, might be involved in several potential projects.
The Major Projects Team can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Background and current information on each of the City’s major projects can be found at the links below.
Busselton Foreshore Master Plan
The Master Plan documents can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
|Final Master Plan Report April 2012.pdf||7.72 MB|
|Revised Final Busselton Foreshore Master Plan Map 22.08.2012.jpg||3.33 MB|
Indicative Foreshore Precincts
Work is progressing well on Stage 2 of the Busselton Foreshore redevelopment. Elements include:
Busselton Foreshore Update December 2011
A Master Plan is in the final stages of being developed for the Foreshore development from the initial Concept Plan. This will be put to Council for approval 21 December and then go out to the community for comment once approved.
In November work was well underway for Phase 1 of the 400 metre long sea wall between Gale and Queen Streets.
Construction of the wall is utilizing the existing iron stone rock beneath the current structure plus the provision of an extra 6,500 tons of granite. The wall is 4 metres above sea level, with a 3 metre wide crest to it, and a 1 in 2 slope and is being undertaken by Italia Stone Group who have had extensive experience on this type of project.
Feature rocks are being placed within the wall, together with large rocks for seating and access down onto the beach.
Sleeved piles have been installed in readiness for Viewing Platforms
Planning for Youth
During August Convic Design who were appointed to develop a concept design for the Youth Recreation Precinct undertook extensive consultation with youth and community user / stakeholder groups. The new Youth Recreation Precinct will comprise the replacement building for Scout Hall, a new skate park and a new adventure playground to replace Yoganup Park.
A concept design is being finalized and the consultants will present this at a public consultation session on 14 December 2011 at the Youth Centre, Bussell Hwy.
Investigations are currently being undertaken into play equipment for installation in the precinct.
Update - September 2011
The City of Busselton recently secured close to $10 million for foreshore development projects through the Royalties for Regions grant scheme. This latest contribution of $6million by the State Government represents a significant kick start to the estimated $27 million dollar Busselton foreshore project.
Stage 1 of the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment was the $28 million refurbishment of the Busselton Jetty with Stage 2 being the landside redevelopment of the foreshore.
Refurbished Finger Jetties
Approximately $500,000 will be directed toward re-creating the original U-shaped swim jetty which provided swimmers with a protected outdoor swimming enclosure years ago. The restored swim jetty will add to the charm of the foreshore area and provide recreational, competitive and learner swimmers with a safe ocean swimming area.
Scout Road Jetty will also be restored. Currently in poor condition, this high-use jetty is a popular viewing platform during the Busselton Half Marathon, the Busselton Jetty Swim and Geo Race Week events. This jetty also provides an important maintenance function for loading barges and supplying and maintaining the Busselton Jetty.
The refurbishing of the West Swim and Scout Road Jetties will commence as soon as weather permits and will represent the start of the Busselton Foreshore Revitalisation.
Just over $1million will be directed toward installing coastal defences to protect the Busselton Foreshore reserve from coastal erosion, west of Queen Street. This work needs to be done prior to the development of the green space areas north of Signal Park. It will involve strategic placement of rock material to protect the dune embankment. Phase 1 will focus on the upgrade of the Coastal Defences from Gale Street to Queen Street. The Shire estimates that this work will be completed in early November 2011.
Green Space Family-focused Facilities
Around $2 million will go towards creating a family-focused area north of Signal Park. This area will be characterised by plenty of grass and shady trees, barbeque facilities and boardwalks. In keeping with community feedback, the intention is to create a relaxed environment suitable for all ages with easy access to the beach.
Construction of the adjoining Promenade, shelters, BBQs, parking area realignment and landscaping within Signal Park will begin in March 2012, following the peak tourist season.
Ensuring a practical and aesthetic link between the foreshore reserve area and Queen Street’s emerging Cultural Precinct is an important component of this development stage. Approximately $1 million will be directed toward ensuring the safe and easy movement of pedestrians down Queen Street, across Marine Terrace and into the foreshore area.
This involves the building of new walkways to encourage foot and bicycle traffic. Effectively this paved walkway creates a town-foreshore spine complete with power points for market stalls, decorative lighting, seating and public artwork.
A Vibrant Commercial Precinct
The area along Marine Terrace between Queen and Brown Street is earmarked as a future commercial precinct with retail outlets and short-stay holiday. A corporate event and conference facility is also proposed for this area. Construction remains subject to funding and is part of Phase 3. An expression of interest process with the private sector will be undertaken.
It is anticipated that the final part of Phase 1, the creation of a commercial lease site to the west of the Equinox café will occur July 2012.
Planning for Youth
The Shire has also made a separate application for funding to the Federal Government under the Regional Development programme to create an area along the Busselton foreshore specifically for youth. The vision for this area, which is located near the current skate park and Yoganup Park, includes the construction of youth centre, areas for casual meetings, skate obstacles and basketball courts.
The funding application to Regional Development Australia was recently rejected by the Federal Government and the Shire is now seeking alternative funding sources for this part of the project.
An area of the foreshore, close to the beach and the Scout Road Jetty, will include a new community building to house Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club(BSLC) and the Busselton Sea Scouts.
The building will also have shared indoor/outdoor spaces that can be used by youth groups, such as Southern Rip and hired out for events such as the WA Ironman and Jetty Swim.
The majority of the precinct will be taken up with a challenging Skate/BMX park integrated into the foreshore landscape to create an interesting/interactive area for more activities and an adventure play park.
Convic Designs has been engaged to prepare a design concept for the skate park and to consult with BSLC, Sea Scouts and Southern Rip on the footprint for the new building.
Shire Officers have recently held meetings with various youth groups and schools in Busselton and Dunsborough whilst the Convic representatives held additional meetings in the south west.
Tennis Club Relocation
While there’s been some debate about the relocation of the Busselton Tennis Club, a solution which meets stakeholder needs has been found. After lengthy consultation with tennis club representatives, the Busselton Tennis Club has agreed to relocate to purpose-built premises on Barnard Park Reserve. This funding enables the Shire to undertake more consultation with key stakeholders, develop plans for a new tennis centre and prepare for the club’s relocation. It is anticipated that the Busselton Tennis Club will be relocated within the next 3-4 years.
The area where the Busselton Tennis Club is currently located is earmarked as a future commercial precinct with retail outlets and short-stay holiday accommodation within a landscaped setting. A corporate event and conference facility is also proposed for this area. Building construction in this area remains subject to funding.
In response to calls for the redevelopment of the Busselton Foreshore, the Council resolved in June 2009 to form the Busselton Foreshore Working Group (BFWG). The Group consisted of members of the community some of whom represented Busselton Chamber of Commerce, Geographe Bay Tourism Association, Busselton Dunsborough Residents Association, Busselton Jetty Environment & Conservation Association, the City of Busselton and the South West Development Commission. The task assigned to the BFWG was threefold;
1. To develop and implement a comprehensive consultation model to gain the community and stakeholders views of foreshore development in Busselton;
2. To prepare a concept plan for the staged development of the Busselton Foreshore which incorporates community and stakeholder views and advice from Local, State and Federal Government Agencies; and
3. To prepare and present a report comprising the results of community consultation, copy of the concept plan, objectives and guidelines for development and a proposal for the staged development for consideration of the City of Busselton.
In around 12 months the Group completed these tasks and presented their report and recommendations to the Council in September 2010. (The BFWG Report to Council is attached below)
|Final BFWG Report to Council 2010||9.61 MB|
The Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment project will support local economic growth through increasing visitor length of stays and providing commercial retail and tourist opportunities. Businesses throughout the region will benefit from this development due to increased visitor numbers. The project offers the City of Busselton an opportunity to provide a platform to showcase the regions' attractions. As a major draw card fo accommodation, food and wine, organised and passive recreation and events, the location will build on the already sound reputation as a family holiday destination.
Input from the community has driven the development of the concept plan and this community 'ownership' is imperative to the continued success of the project. Further community consultation of the previous level is not envisaged, however, the involvement of the community in various aspects of the project is highly recommended. Opportunities for this will be evident in the public art and heritage interpretive works and the creation of a 'Combined Youth Facility', playground and skate park.
The Concept Phase of the project was undertaken by the BFWG with the assistance of the Shire. This stage is now complete.
Plan & Design Phase
This phase commenced in October 2010 following the Council's endorsement of the Busselton Foreshore Working Groups' report and Concept Plan.
The following studies and tasks are underway;
The following have been completed;
The following are yet to be commenced;
|Final Concept Plan Bsn Foreshore||938.8 KB|
For general information regarding airport operations, flight information and car parking at the Busselton Regional Airport, please head to the Busselton Airport page
Master Plan for the Busselton Regional Airport
On 23 November 2011, City of Busselton Council adopted the Master Plan for the Busselton Regional Airport 2011 – 2031. The Master Plan is now available to the public for viewing.
The Master Plan has been developed by Aviation Projects in consultation with the Government Steering Committee specifically appointed to advance this key strategic project. The plan will guide the development of the airport for the next 30 years and provide a reference point for more detailed studies relating to design, infrastructure planning, land use and environmental planning.
The Master Plan has been developed with consideration and respect for residential amenity and the surrounding environment. It encapsulates a vision of a commercially viable airport that will service the needs of this fast growing region and return significant economic benefit through increased tourism and better provision of fly-in-fly-out services.
Click here to view the Master Plan for the Busselton Regional Airport 2011 – 2013.
The appendices to the Master Plan are available in the list below.
Update - September 2011
The City of Busselton has secured close to $390,000 toward essential upgrades at the Busselton Regional Airport. The funding has been allocated through the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS), 2011-2012.
The allocation, which must be matched with a dollar-for-dollar contribution by the City of Busselton, will be directed toward critical upgrades including the temporary expansion of the passenger terminal to allow for the introduction of passenger and baggage screening. With the commencement of regular Fly-In-Fly-Out services at the Busselton Regional Airport, the City of Busselton was required to introduce security screening by June 2012 in order to comply with Federal Government policy. This grant will assist with off-setting these costs.
This funding will also be directed toward resealing a portion of the existing runway and apron; sealing the helipad; upgrading drainage; and installing security fencing at the airport.
The City of Busselton made an allocation in its 2011-2012 draft budget to part-fund these crucial works and in doing so is able to meet the grant allocation conditions. The City of Busselton can now proceed with the implementation process and begin the transformation of the airport into a more functional air-transport facility for the South West.
The City of Busselton would like to thank the Minister for Transport, Mr Troy Buswell MLA, for his ongoing commitment to expanding critical transport networks, particularly here in the South West.
Stage 1 of the Busselton Airport Terminal Expansion formed the basis of another Royalties for Regions funding application for $2.8 million. The outcome of this application should be known by October-November 2011.
This stage of the Airport project will see the upgrade of infrastructure in order to meet legislative requirements under the Aviation Security Act and Federal Government (Department Infrastructure and Transport) Aviation White Policy to allow these services and other RPT services and FIFO operations to continue.
In summary, the scope of this stage of the project to meet the legislative and infrastructure requirements includes the following elements:
|Busselton Regional Airport Master Plan||8.04 MB|
|Master Plan Appendix 1 - Stage 1 Movement Area||89.71 KB|
|Master Plan Appendix 2 - Stage 2 Movement Area||111.12 KB|
|Master Plan Appendix 3 - Stage 3 Movement Area||120.83 KB|
|Master Plan Appendix 4 - Stage 4 Movement Area||120.79 KB|
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|Master Plan Appendix 9 - Ultimate Development Layout||3.17 MB|
|Master Plan Appendix 10 - All Surrounding Factors||2.82 MB|
The library extensions were completed in July with the formal opening taking place in August 2012.
As well as an additional 250 square metres of book space achieved, the project also included new return chutes, an automated check in/check out system as well as a new book security (RFID) system. This security system sends an alarm if books leave the library without being “checked out”.
The project also included the re-carpeting and re-painting throughout, a new library supervisor’s office and some re-modeled gardens at the front and sides of the building.
Community Resource Centre
A certificate of occupancy was issued for the CRC in October with the fit out of the tenant’s offices and meeting rooms now complete.
The groups who will occupy the new Centre are:
Tenants are presently moving into their offices.
Outside works are also on track with landscaping currently being undertaken.
The CRC sunshades are made of perforated steel and have been decorated by Nannup artist Chris Williamson. These have now been fitted with many positive comments from the community regarding both their design and the quality of the finish.
The water wise rain gardens are now complete.
An official opening of the building will take place early in February 2013 with an open day for the public.
CRC Update – December 2011
The Shire awarded the tender for the construction of the CRC and Library extension to Perkins Builders in early October 2011.
Commencement of the project was celebrated on 14 October 2011 with a sod-turning ceremony attended by Hon Troy Buswell MLA, Hon Barry House MLC, Shire councillors and staff, Perkins Builders and Hodge Collard Preston Architects representatives.
Work on the CRC and Library expansion is anticipated to take 46 weeks and cost $4,812,000 with Lotterywest funding most of the project. The building aims to house administration services for up to 11 not-for-profit organizations, providing a range of services and facilities for residents and visitors to Busselton, and providing a focal point for community interaction.
The 250m expansion of the Library will allow for additional book space and will include a face-lift of the existing library to ensure the two buildings seamlessly integrate from one to the other.
The contemporary design of the CRC features sustainable elements including solar passive design, solar panels, energy efficient lighting, screening and louvers, rainwater recycling, wind turbines and water-wise gardens.
The CRC project is now proceeding rapidly with earthworks having been completed and the lift pit, ground floor slab, and the columns having been poured. It is anticipated that the concrete panels formwork will commence week of 19 December.
The Library expansion is also well underway with the footings having been completed and the slab poured.
Update - September 2011
Tenants of the soon to be constructed Busselton Dunsborough Community Resource Centre have given their seal of approval to the final plans and are eagerly waiting its construction.
Representatives from the nine not-for-profit organisations who have signed up as primary tenants have been given an insight into the building’s design features and floor plans at workshops throughout 2011.
With the designs finalised, the necessary approvals in place and support from the community and tenants, the Shire has finalised the detailed designs and called for tenders for the construction of the centre.
The Dunsborough Foreshore redevelopment project is nearing completion and is creating the desired connection between the town centre and the beach front.
The completed Seymour Park rejuvenates and revitalises the existing public open space. This area includes meandering pathways; integrated with grassed areas for leisure activities; public conveniences; children’s play equipment; cumulating with a “meeting place” positioned around the Seymour tree at the eastern end of the parkland area. This area is proving very popular with tourists and locals alike.
The beach front redevelopment is due for completion before the new year. Coastal wall protection works were completed in September 2012. Work yet to be completed on the remainder of the beach front includes a small amount of limestone capping to walls along the promenade area and coastal planting along the beach front and within the reed bed at Dugalup Brook. BBQs and picnic tables are presently being installed and will provide much needed family orientated leisure facilities along the beachfront.
The Geographe Bay Road upgrade including associated infrastructure and landscaping is now complete. This road upgrade has improved traffic flow and pedestrian safety. It has also increased the number of bays for road side parking.
Dunsborough Foreshore Update November 2011
Geographe Bay Road
The Shire adopted as part of the 2011/12 budget an allocation for the reconstruction and upgrade of Geographe Bay Road, Dunsborough between Gifford Road and Elmore Road.
This roadway is an integral part of the Dunsborough road network and needs to be upgraded to a suitable level of service. The proposed works will include the following highlights (subject to final design):
The proposed works are expected to take three (3) months to complete, however, the scheduling of these works is planned to minimise their impacts as much as practical over the summer tourist season. The specific timing of this project will be announced once the scheduling of the relocation of services has been finalised.
Whilst the works are being carried out Shire staff will endeavour to provide access through the worksite where permissible. However, road closures will be required from time to time and motorists are advised to abide by the worksite signage, as disruptions will be unavoidable.
The first major piece of playground equipment – “The Spida” - was installed in November.
Soon to follow will be “The Teenrager” as depicted below.
Other features soon to be arriving in the park are: water fountains; 4 bay spiral bike racks; and timber decking.
There will be some timber seating created by local artists installed into the park in February 2012. This seating is being constructed from re-cycled Jetty timber.
One half of Seymour Park will be open for the Christmas period with a construction break of approximately 2 weeks over this period.
Update - September 2011
The State Government’s injection of $3.6million, with additional funding of $400,000 from the City of Busselton, signals the commencement of work on the $4 million Dunsborough Foreshore enhancement project.
One of the key objectives of this project is alleviating the sense of over-crowding in and around the town, particularly during peak tourist seasons. The aim is to create a sense of openness by utilising existing recreational space more efficiently; providing additional amenities and parking; and creating routes for cyclists and pedestrians which link the town centre and foreshore. However, in keeping with community feedback, this will be done in a way that does not compromise Dunsborough’s unique South West character.
In June the sod turning ceremony marked the commencement of the Dunsborough Foreshore Project when Local Minister Troy Buswell, MLA and Deputy Shire President, Tom Tuffin, turned the soil. They were joined by members of the Dunsborough Foreshore Reference Group and Shire Officers who are involved in this major project, to mark this milestone.
New-look Seymour Park
Close to $500,000 will be directed to up-grading the popular Seymour Park. The park’s grassy outlook will be retained but the area will be modified to accommodate a sloping circular area suitable for informal performances and picnics - all with a view to the Bay. An informal community meeting place will be created in Seymour Park. This feature will take the shape of low-walled, semi-circular seat set in paving.
While the change in the park’s contours will be subtle, extensive drainage work was required to be installed at a cost of approximately $350,000 and work commenced in July 2011.
Storm water drainage has now been installed from the Lorna Street catchment points to the Dugulup Brook outfall. Other services and infrastructure are also being buried underground as well.
The remaining sub-surface infrastructure work in Seymour Park is now underway to facilitate the construction of street lighting, a small toilet block, upgraded reticulation for the water wise gardens, integrated paved areas and a community meeting space.
A New Playground
A fantastic new children’s playground will be constructed in the southern area of Seymour Park. Just over $600,000 will go towards the creation of a new playground which will cater to children of all ages. A play area suited to younger children will be created inside a specially corralled quarter. Outside this quarter older children will be able to enjoy more adventurous play equipment such as bird nets, perches, spider nets, platforms, climbing frames and a raised slide. The playground is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011.
An environmentally designed foreshore garden will showcase local plant species specifically selected for coastal conditions. A ‘waterwise’ demonstration garden funded by the Water Corporation will be incorporated into this area. This special garden uses native plants tolerant to low water. It also acts as a catchment for storm water, filtering nutrients and harmful chemicals before it enters Geographe Bay.
|Aboriginal Heritage Survey - Dugalup Brook||1.39 MB|
The City of Busselton is calling on the community of Dunsborough to have their say on how to manage and maintain the coastal foreshore area between Tulloh Street and Forrest Street (at the western extremity of the Dunsborough townsite). The foreshore is approximately 3.5 kilometres in length and requires detailed site assessment, with community consultation to develop recommendations on issues such as beach access, weed management, revegetation and the provision of facilities along the foreshore reserve. The main objectives of the project are:
City of Busselton's Environmental Planning Coordinator Will Oldfield said "Preparing foreshore management plans help prioritise future management actions and guide the direction of funding for these important coastal reserves. We encourage community input either through written submissions to the Shire or by attending one of three on-site consultation sessions."
3 Consultation sessions will be held:
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Centennial Park, corner of Geographe Bay Road and Banks Street
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Corner of Geographe Bay Road and Burt Court
1:30PM - 2:30PM
End of Bayview Crescent (Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp)
Written submissions are to be submitted to the City of Busselton, Locked Bag 1 Busselton WA 6280 before Friday 9th May 2008.
A formal consultation period will be advertised for public review of the draft foreshore management plan at a later date to be advised. For more information on the Dunsborough Foreshore Management Plan log onto http://www.busselton.wa.gov.au/ Interview opportunities are available
Media enquiries can be directed to the City of Busselton's Public Relations Officer, Helena Webb on 97810446 or email@example.com
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