Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment

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Meeting Our Community's Expectations - Master Plan Modifications

With a significant portion of the Busselton Foreshore Master Plan achieved, people can now get a good sense of how the foreshore will look and feel once all elements of the staged upgrade have been completed.

This crystallization of community expectations, coupled with constructive feedback, prompted Council to review the Concept Plan for the Central Core Activities Precinct. As a result some elements of the Busselton Foreshore Master Plan have been modified.

Essentially these modifications will optimise public recreational space, see a reduced focus on commercialisation in the core area and fast track delivery of this final stage of the Busselton Foreshore Master Plan.

Modifications include:

Foreshore Parade West (new road) will be realigned:

Construction will now go around the Busselton Tennis Club. This will enable the club to remain in the current location in the short to medium term and connect Foreshore Parade from Geographe Bay Road through to Queen Street

Relocation of the Busselton Tennis Club to the Barnard Park Active Sport Precinct will be deferred:

Realignment of Foreshore Parade enables works within the Central Core Activities Precinct to be brought forward to the 2016/17 financial year.  Relocation of the Busselton Tennis Club may extend beyond 2021 when the current lease expires. In the interim this provides the club with security.

Redevelopment of the Central Core Activities Precinct will be fast-tracked:

Key features include a beachfront water play park which will use sea water pumped through existing infrastructure along the Busselton Jetty. Other elements include a new seawall and promenade; barbeques, shades, landscaping and feature lighting; and an amphitheatre. This central area will be ideal for hosting regional events, community festivals and celebrations.

Commercialisation of the Busselton Foreshore will be reduced:

The proposed hotel/short stay accommodation development sites will be reduced from five sites to three, with a fourth site of 600m2 potentially available to develop as small tourism retail businesses. Additionally, the family restaurant / micro-brewery site has been reduced by 261m2 to a total development area of 1,505m2 building plus 334m2 alfresco area.

Provision for more Car Parking:

As a result of reducing the hotel/short stay accommodation sites, the modified master plan provides for significantly more car parking, with approximately 120 more bays to be provided to service the foreshore, Cultural Precinct and CBD area.

Feedback relating to these modifications is welcome and can be directed to Tracey King, Strategic Projects Officer. Email: tracey.king@busselton.wa.gov.au Phone:  08 97810 301 or Post: Locked Bag 1, Busselton WA 6280

To view the Busselton Foreshore Master Plan; Proposed Revised Busselton Foreshore Master Plan (incorporating the modifications outlined above); and Central Core Activities Precinct Concept Plan click on the attached documents.

Enlivening the Central Core Area (between the Equinox and Goose Café) 

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The central core area of the foreshore is an established recreational / commercial hub. It’s also a natural foreshore entry point for pedestrians and the increasing number of visitors disembarking from cruise ships. 

Along with the construction of Railway House, which is already fully budgeted, key components of this final stage of the development include:

  • Coastal defences incorporating a stub jetty lookout
  • New pedestrian promenades
  • Landscaping including picnic facilities and shelters
  • New public amenities
  • Nautical themed playground 

As well as being family friendly, the revitalised core area will be ideal for hosting regional events and community festivals.

A New Family Restaurant / Microbrewery

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The revised Busselton Foreshore Master Plan allocates a smaller parcel of land for future development of a privately-funded restaurant / microbrewery / cellar door and function centre.

The designated site has been reduced by 260m2 in response to community feedback and the need to realign Foreshore Parade around the Busselton Tennis Club. The total development area is now set at 1,505m2 for the building, plus 335m2 for alfresco use. An additional area is earmarked for public ablutions/change rooms proposed to be integrated into the building, but owned and maintained by the City of Busselton.

Subject to further negotiations, the proposed new facility 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.  This positioning enables a dedicated space for events and amphitheatre to be incorporated into the area formerly occupied by the Nautical Lady tower.
A preliminary draft design for the building will be available for further comment when progressed to a formal development application.

Short Stay Accommodation Opportunities

The next stage of the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment will integrate open space and public facilities with existing commercial leases and new private investment.

As well as several ‘pop-up’ sites for potential seasonal use during holiday periods, events and markets, three prime development sites along the foreshore (between Marine Terrace and Foreshore Parade) have been allocated for proposed  development of  4-5+ star short stay accommodation.  A smaller 600m2 site has also been provisionally allocated on the corner of Jetty Way and Foreshore Parade for future tourism retail.

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.  For more information about future commercial opportunities along the Busselton Foreshore contact Jon Berry, Economic Development Coordinator at the City of Busselton, email jon.berry@busselton.wa.gov.au

Progress on Railway House - Home to BJECA and MRBTA

Railway House will be an iconic landmark on the newly upgraded Busselton Foreshore.

The tender for the design and construction of the building has been awarded to local builders and development commences in early 2016. The expected completion date is December 2016.

A  Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association (BJECA) to jointly fund the construction of this great new community asset. Once finished Railway House will provide accommodation for BJECA and a permanent foreshore presence for the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA). City Officers are currently working with the future tenants to progress more detailed design elements of the building.

Railway House will also be home to the recently restored Ballaarat Engine and provide interpretive space for other important historical displays linked to our region's rich timber industry heritage. Railway House will also be the official starting point of the Wadandi Track which, once complete, will connect Geographe Bay to Flinders Bay along the old railway.

The site plan and design plans for this building can be downloaded by clicking on the attached document.

 Skate Park a Huge Hit 

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The Busselton Skate and BMX Park was officially opened in December 2015.

This great youth and family focused-facility is the jewel in the crown of the Youth and Community Activities Precinct east of the Busselton Jetty. The facility was co-funded by the City of Busselton and Lotterywest and designed by CONVIC with significant community input.

It offers a host of challenges including one of the largest bowls in Western Australia. At 18m long, 10m wide and 3m deep, this massive bowl is suitable for competitions. Those still learning to skate / BMX can utilise the smaller bowl which is 1.2m deep. The park also has close to 90 metres of free-flow street skating space with a series of elements like kerbing, parking block ledges, skate rails and a smaller quarter pipe. In all the new Busselton Skate Park offers 2000m2 of recreational space geared especially for young people. 

To find out about upcoming events at the Busselton Skate Park become a friend of Busselton YAC on Facebook. 

Youth & Community Activities Building (Incorporating the BSLSC)

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 This multi-purpose building will be located within the Youth and Community Activities Precinct (eastern foreshore) near the new Busselton Skate Park

Construction is earmarked to commence mid-2016, however, this is dependent on funding. The City hopes to secure $2.8million through a Lotterywest grant and is currently waiting on an announcement.

A great deal of consultation has been undertaken with key stakeholders including the Busselton Surf Life Saving Club who will utilise the building. Concept and preliminary designs have been developed incorporating the needs of the club which include specialised storage, first-aid, training and office space.   

Update on Barnard Park - Active Sporting Precinct

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 Redevelopment of Barnard Park into a district-level sporting facility is a key feature of the Busselton Foreshore Master Plan.

The upgraded facility was officially reopened in November 2015 after a $3.1million upgrade which was part-funded by the Department of Regional Development’s Country Local Government Fund and Group Funding Scheme; the Department of Sport and Recreation; and the City of Busselton.

Key features of the completed stage of the upgrade include: 

  • A-grade competition turf cricket wicket
  • New picket fencing and viewing mounds
  • New synthetic cricket wicket and training nets
  • High quality sports turf and sub-surface drainage
  • New bore water storage tanks; pump shed and irrigation infrastructure
  • New sports lights for night use
  • Purpose-built running tracks for bushfire brigade competition and training
  • Improved vehicle access; and increased car parking

Planning for the next stage of the Barnard Park upgrade is underway. City officers are currently undertaking pre-design consultation with key stakeholders to development a $1.6 million combined club facility within the sporting precinct. Preliminary designs for the new facility will be ready within a few months and construction is expected to commence later in 2016.