Media Releases

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.

An Integrated Design Solution
Posted 20 August 2020 An Integrated Design Solution

The City of Busselton is working with the Busselton Repertory Club and Acting Up to achieve the seamless integration of the historic Weld Theatre into the new Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre.

New Recreational Websites Ready to Launch
Posted 21 July 2020 New Recreational Websites Ready to Launch

New Recreational Websites Ready to Launch

Call for Special Meeting of Electors Not Ignored
Posted 17 July 2020 Call for Special Meeting of Electors Not Ignored

Contrary to discussions within the community that the City has dismissed concerns and the call for a special meeting of electors, the City’s Councillors and Chief Executive Officer are keen to facilitate the request for an electors meeting on the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre as soon as possible.

City Partners with Rio Tinto to Support Community
Posted 08 July 2020 City Partners with Rio Tinto to Support Community

Rio Tinto has partnered with the City of Busselton to assist local community groups and not-for-profit organisations impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

Causeway Road Bridge Duplication - New Bridge Opening 3 July
Posted 01 July 2020 Causeway Road Bridge Duplication - New Bridge Opening 3 July

On Friday 3 July 2020 at 4.00pm the City will see its new bridge across the Vasse River formally opened by the Hon. Nola Marino MP and Deputy Mayor Kelly Hick. Members of the public are welcome to join in the opening that celebrates a major milestone for improving the City’s overall road network.

Australian-first battery storage comes to the South West
Posted 19 June 2020 Australian-first battery storage comes to the South West

The City of Busselton will be the first site in the South West to enjoy the network benefits of battery storage, after securing a site for one of Western Power’s 10 community batteries.

Ballaarat Engine Countdown to 150th Anniversary
Posted 15 June 2020 Ballaarat Engine Countdown to 150th Anniversary

Australia’s last remaining steam engine, the Ballaarat, will mark its 150th year in 2021 and members of the public with memories, photos or family connections are invited to contribute to a special exhibition which will be held in Busselton in August next year.

Phase Three – Changes to Services and Facilities
Posted 05 June 2020 Phase Three – Changes to Services and Facilities

Phase 3 easing of COVID-19 restrictions come into effect at midnight on Friday 5 June 2020.

Staged Re-opening of City Facilities and Services
Posted 14 May 2020 Staged Re-opening of City Facilities and Services

In response to Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement of further easing of COVID-19 restrictions (effective May 18); the City of Busselton will re-open a range of facilities and services temporarily closed in March.

COVID-19 Business Support Program
Posted 01 May 2020 COVID-19 Business Support Program

The City has implemented a Business Support Program which provides “quick response” grants to City of Busselton businesses impacted by restrictions put in place to curb COVID-19 infection.

Commemorating Anzac Day in 2020
Posted 20 April 2020 Commemorating Anzac Day in 2020

Anzac Day, 25 April 2020 is one of the most important days on our national calendar and this year will be an Anzac Day like no other.

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