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New Faces at the Council Table
Posted 19 October 2021 New Faces at the Council Table

Four Councillors were sworn into office at the City of Busselton chambers during a special meeting of Council last night. Elected on Saturday 16 October 2021 were Anne Ryan (4214 votes), Jodie Richards (4084 votes), Grant Henley (3724 votes) and Mikayla Love (3122 votes).

Fortescue takes Flight from the South West
Posted 15 October 2021 Fortescue takes Flight from the South West

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has celebrated the first of its charter flights from Busselton to operations in the Pilbara, as part of the Company’s new flight service from the South West region.

Local Man Fined for Failing to Comply with Planning Direction
Posted 14 October 2021 Local Man Fined for Failing to Comply with Planning Direction

In the Busselton Magistrates Court yesterday on October 13 2021, the City was successful in obtaining a guilty plea for failing to comply with a direction issued under the Planning and Development Act.

Mitchell Park Re-Opening
Posted 05 October 2021 Mitchell Park Re-Opening

The City of Busselton has completed construction of the $1.1m revitalisation at Mitchell Park public open space marking a major milestone for the transformational development in Busselton’s city centre that commenced in June this year.

Prequalified Tenders Recalled for Busselton Performing Arts and
Posted 17 September 2021 Prequalified Tenders Recalled for Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre

Further to Council’s meeting of 8 September 2021 and its decision to proceed with the construction of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre, the City has invited prequalified tenderers to review their tender pricing of the centre.

Community Participates in New $100,000 Funding Allocation
Posted 15 September 2021 Community Participates in New $100,000 Funding Allocation

Community groups, individuals, businesses and schools can all benefit from the City of Busselton’s new You Choose community funding program.

Council Decides on New Performing Arts and Convention Centre
Posted 09 September 2021 Council Decides on New Performing Arts and Convention Centre

City of Busselton Council last night resolved to proceed with construction of the new Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC).

Administration Building - Tender to Replace External Cladding
Posted 06 September 2021 Administration Building - Tender to Replace External Cladding

The City of Busselton is seeking tenders from suitably qualified and experienced contractors to replace sections of external cladding to the City’s Civic & Administration building.

Smiths Beach Development – Council invited to meet Hesperia
Photo Credit: Elise Taylor @elisehalina
Posted 03 September 2021 Smiths Beach Development – Council invited to meet Hesperia

City of Busselton Councillors were on Friday (3 September 2021) briefed by Hesperia property developers about the proposed Smiths Beach development.

Lower Vasse River Sediment Removal Works to commence in early 2022
Posted 30 August 2021 Lower Vasse River Sediment Removal Works to commence in early 2022

The City of Busselton continues to progress plans to commence the removal of sediment from the Lower Vasse River, with the aim of improving water quality.

The City’s Holiday Homes under Review
Posted 09 August 2021 The City’s Holiday Homes under Review

At its ordinary meeting of Council on 9 June 2021, Council resolved to support some conceptual ‘Opportunities for Change’ to the current holiday home regulatory framework and to consult with landowners, the community and stakeholders about these potential changes.

Smiths Beach Development – Mayor Responds to Community Concerns
Photo Credit: Elise Taylor @elisehalina
Posted 23 July 2021 Smiths Beach Development – Mayor Responds to Community Concerns

Further to the City’s media release of 19 July 2021, in response to community concerns surrounding the proposed Smiths Beach Development, City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley has today formally written on behalf of Council, to the Hon. Rita Saffioti BBus MLA, Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports and Development.

Proposed Smiths Beach Development
Photo Credit: Elise Taylor @elisehalina
Posted 19 July 2021 Proposed Smiths Beach Development

The City is aware of plans for a proposed development at Smiths Beach and the intention for the proponents to progress the project through the State’s ‘significant development’ pathway rather than through Council or the Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Lower Vasse River Sediment Removal Works
Posted 02 July 2021 Lower Vasse River Sediment Removal Works

The City of Busselton is progressing plans to commence the removal of sediment from the Lower Vasse River, with the aim of improving water quality.

Council to Seek External Funding for its New Performing Arts and
Posted 24 June 2021 Council to Seek External Funding for its New Performing Arts and Convention Centre

Last night Council made one of its toughest decisions yet, evaluating tenders for the construction of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre. Three tenders were received, all of which came in well over the anticipated budget of $24.5 million and the overall project budget of $28.5 million (excluding GST).

Bushfire Notice Review
Posted 11 June 2021 Bushfire Notice Review

The City is undertaking a review of the Bushfire Notice and has sought community feedback.

Council’s View on the Quarantine Issue
Posted 03 June 2021 Council’s View on the Quarantine Issue

The City of Busselton has not been formally or even informally approached by any Government agency or Official about the potential establishment of a quarantine facility in the district.

Strategic Plan to Protect Our Coastal Community
Posted 21 May 2021 Strategic Plan to Protect Our Coastal Community

The City is seeking community feedback on a Draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaption Plan.

Council Defers Potential Changes to Bushfire Notice
Posted 30 April 2021 Council Defers Potential Changes to Bushfire Notice

No changes to the Bushfire Notice in 2021/2022, ongoing consultation.

Landowner Fined for Non-Compliance (Limestone Extraction)
Posted 25 March 2021 Landowner Fined for Non-Compliance (Limestone Extraction)

In the Perth Magistrates Court on 12 March 2021, a local landowner was found guilty of breaching a development approval under the Planning and Development Act.

Outcome on Call for a BPACC Referendum
Posted 11 March 2021 Outcome on Call for a BPACC Referendum

The City of Busselton Council has resolved not to support the running of a referendum on whether or not development of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC) should proceed as planned.

Mosquito-borne Disease Risk
Posted 17 February 2021 Mosquito-borne Disease Risk

The City of Busselton, on advice from the Department of Health, is reminding people to be vigilant against mosquito bites and potential mosquito-borne illness in the wake of recent heavy rainfall.

Powerbank Coming to Town
Posted 15 February 2021 Powerbank Coming to Town

In partnership with Western Power and Synergy, the City is excited to announce the release of the PowerBank trial in Busselton, allowing local residents to benefit from battery storage technology.

Record Number of Art Award Entries
Posted 18 November 2020 Record Number of Art Award Entries

In its thirteenth year, the City of Busselton Art Award has received a huge 175 entries!

Proposed Local Planning Scheme Amendment
Posted 23 October 2020 Proposed Local Planning Scheme Amendment

The City of Busselton is seeking public input on proposed changes to the permissibility of land uses in various zones within the Local Planning Scheme. Members of the public can review the proposed Scheme amendment and make a submission via Your Say Busselton https://yoursay.busselton.wa.gov.au/amd21-0040 before 18 November 2020.

Great Place to Live – Number One Place to Visit!
Posted 28 September 2020 Great Place to Live – Number One Place to Visit!

Respondents to the 2020 City of Busselton Community Satisfaction Survey have rated the City very highly as a great ‘place to live’. The City scored 88 points out of 100 on the ‘place to live’ performance indicator – up from the 2017 survey result and a clear 13 points above the industry average.

City of Busselton Art Award 2020
Posted 18 September 2020 City of Busselton Art Award 2020

Entries are now open for the highly anticipated 2020 City of Busselton Art Award!

Ross River Virus Detected in the South West
Posted 17 September 2020 Ross River Virus Detected in the South West

The City of Busselton confirms detection of Ross River Virus in adult mosquitoes recently collected in the South West and Busselton region.

Sculpture Acquisitive Award Increases
Posted 04 September 2020 Sculpture Acquisitive Award Increases

If you have ever considered entering a piece of artwork in Dunsborough’s Sculpture by the Bay, 2021 is the year to go for it!

Living Stream Designs Project Underway
Posted 25 August 2020 Living Stream Designs Project Underway

The City has engaged Alluvium Consulting Australia Pty Ltd to develop Living Stream designs for the Lower Vasse River. The intention behind this approach is to create conditions less favourable to algal blooms in the river. This may involve removing sediment, revegetation works, changes to the river’s shape and the creation of a diversity of habitats. Water treatment options may also considered.

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