The final design for the upgrade of the Parade Road/Knight Street intersection is nearing completion. The upgrade of this intersection includes the installation of a new roundabout to manage traffic flows, particularly in school times. This will be one of the City’s major construction projects for 2017/18 and is scheduled to begin in September. This intersection has become progressively busy over time, particularly since the opening of Parade Road from Dalyellup. The project is 2/3 funded from the Regional Road Group, with additional contributions from the Dalyellup developer.
The Strickland Street/King Road roundabout is also about to undergo an upgrade. The condition of the road pavement is very poor as a result of increased traffic loads and possible water intrusion from a water main. This project forms part of a number of projects that will see the entire length of King Road upgraded over a number of years.
Six new artworks have been acquired into the City of Bunbury Art Collection from the 2017 Bunbury Biennale. The works range across a variety of mediums from oil painting to ceramics and textiles. The acquisitions also include the first video artwork to be included in the collection – David Carson’s Video for Synaesthetists. All the works are by contemporary artists based in Western Australia. The Biennale is a major opportunity for the city to acquire new works for the collection which reflect the depth and breadth of artistic practice in our state.
Councillor Judy Jones has recently been interviewed on video talking about growing up in Bunbury and her experiences over 32 years as a City of Bunbury Councillor. It is anticipated that the footage will be used in the future for a video project documenting Bunbury characters.
The Bunbury Wildlife Park collected its highest income on record in 2016/17, with the park taking in $529,828 across admissions, café and merchandise sales. This is an increase of 9% from 2015/16 takings. Attendance at the park also increased with 37,349 people coming through the doors, a rise of 11% on the previous financial year.
The Green Army has been busy repairing the fencing at Hay Park and Loughton Park. The team repaired and tensioned the fencing wire at Loughton Park, repaired the fence and added in a new walkway entrance at Hay Park and installed some bollards at the new revegetation site in Manea Park using recycled pine posts.
The South West Sports Centre has enjoyed a spruce up recently with repairs and painting being carried out on bridges in the leisure pool area. The walls of all six squash courts have also received a fresh coat of paint.
A range of playgrounds have received a facelift in recent weeks with soft fall replacement undertaken at Des Ugle, DC Foster, Catalpa, Fenian and Mason playgrounds.