Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment
The Busselton Foreshore redevelopment is a flagship urban renewal project which has been managed by the City of Busselton. From the restoration of the iconic Busselton Jetty to the construction of a youth precinct, the popular coastal stretch has undergone a spectacular transformation over 10 years.
The result is a thriving destination that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike with a visitor centre and exhibition space, along with a skate park, nautical-themed playground and walking promenades among the long list of features that have added to the appeal of the area.
Over the years the project has benefited from generous State and Federal funding and enormous community support. The redevelopment is already delivering important social, economic and cultural benefits for the City of Busselton and the South West region which is one of the State’s most popularly visited destinations.
"Over 10 years, the redevelopment project has enhanced the experience offered on the Busselton Foreshore and offered commercial, retail, hospitality and tourism opportunities. The development will continue to draw additional tourists and investors to the region, and provide economic benefits to the State.
"This has been a remarkable transformation and we commend the City of Busselton, along with the community and stakeholders, for delivering a bustling, world-class tourist destination".
Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC – Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade
Image: Busselton Foreshore Master Plan - Stage 3
The project has been delivered in three stages over a decade of development. Elements delivered to date include the construction of Railway House, Youth Precinct and Skate Park, Adventure Play Space, Jetty Train Toddlers’ Play Space, Jetty Precinct Amenities, Amphitheatre Stage and Sound Shell, Coastal Defences, Foreshore Parade West Realignment and Barnard Park Sports Pavilion.
Stage 3 is now nearing final completion and includes:
Busselton Tennis Club & Veteran Car Club Relocations
Works currently underway, due for completion October 2019.
Relocation of both the Tennis Club and Veteran Car Club are underway with construction set to be completed October 2019. The relocation of these facilities will free up land within the Foreshore Precinct to allow for more functional use of this space by visitors of all ages whilst providing the club members with new club facilities.
Image: 3D representation of the new Busselton Tennis Clubrooms
Jetty Precinct Amenities
The iconic Jetty Precinct which was always envisaged as a vibrant space for community gatherings and a natural conduit between the town centre and foreshore area.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Busselton July 2017 and announced $1.5 million funding for the Jetty Precinct including stage, amphitheatre and ocean themed children’s playground.
Works completed at the Jetty Precinct:
- A new nautical-themed Adventure Play Space (open to the public, 2 November 2018),
- A dedicated Toddlers’ train themed Play Space (opened 7 December 2018),
- An events space with amphitheatre and sound shell for outdoor events, landscaped picnic areas,
- Connection to ocean swimming and jetty including shower facilities,
- Network of bicycle pathways including drinking water refill stations and bicycle maintenance stations,
- Ample shaded picnic areas,
- Gathering spaces with BBQ and seating, and
- Walking promenades that connect the central hub with other foreshore precincts.
Other Foreshore works currently underway include:
- Seasonal market stalls and rotunda
- Activation of the central jetty area
- A replica of the Old Vasse Lighthouse
Image: Jetty Precinct at night (Sea Play by the Bay - Adventure Play Space "Kraken" with Amphitheatre and Sound Shell in the distance).
Image: Jetty Precinct Amenities being enjoyed by the public
Sea Play by the Bay – Adventure Play Space
The Adventure Play Space is a world class, nautically-themed adventure playground located at the Busselton Foreshore. The Adventure Play Space incorporates water feature elements reflecting Busselton’s historic connection and affinity with the ocean. It is an engaging, creative, imaginative and challenging space for mixture of ages and abilities.
The Adventure Play Space was delivered on time and within budget and included active participation in rigorous and inventive value engineering exercises to deliver the architect's unique vision. Busselton Foreshore Adventure Play Space will be enjoyed by the public for many years to come.
Images: Sea Play by the Bay - Adventure Play Space (day and night)
Jetty Train Toddlers’ Play Space
The Busselton Foreshore Jetty Train Toddlers’ Play Space is an exciting feature of the redeveloped foreshore. Adjacent to the beach, Surf Club and Goose Café at the Busselton Jetty, the playground provides a ‘nature play’ area for younger children aged 0-6yrs. Elements are inspired by Busselton’s Jetty Train heritage and were designed to provide children with new and unique challenges at varying degrees of difficulty including: custom recycled timber jetty train platform; recycled timber log and round stepping stones; sand and rubber soft fall; restored original train carriage and engine placed on recycled train tracks; sensory musical garden with mirrored feature walls; and is all contained by a tricycle training circuit pathway. Consideration was given to stimulating all of the senses sight, sound and touch as well as providing platforms and pathways so that the majority of elements are accessible for all.
Images: Jetty Train Toddlers' Play Space
Subject to further negotiations, the proposed new microbrewery will be developed by a local business family experienced in hospitality and tourism. The proponents aim to create a family-friendly facility which complements the existing range of services and blends with the foreshore setting. The site allocated for the development is set well back from the foreshore promenade, adjacent to Foreshore Parade. A preliminary draft design for the building will be available for further comment when progressed to a formal development application.
Future Hotel Development and other Commercial Venues
The next stage of the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment will integrate open space and public facilities with existing commercial leases and new private investment. Ground lease revenues from commercial venues will be directed to maintenance and preservation of the iconic Busselton Jetty and foreshore area reducing the burden on ratepayers both now and into the future.