RPS were the lead consultant for the masterplan which, when built will create a landmark waterfront gateway to Bunbury that is vibrant, iconic, beautiful and accessible.
The masterplan identifies three key foreshore typologies and explores how their individual characters influence the use and programme of the project areas.
The landscape masterplan enhances the existing atmosphere to strengthen the communities’ connection to place.
The two project areas, Koombana Bay and Casuarina Harbour, are key linkages in the Bunbury waterfront connecting LandCorp’s Marlston development with the CBD and outer harbour development. They also form an important part of the Bunbury arrival experience and identity. Extensive stakeholder engagement has been employed to ensure the master plan considers and works in harmony with the adjacent uses.
The concept plan design aims to improve the spatial, functional and aesthetic quality of the foreshore public realm while forming strong connections with the wider precinct.
The waterfront is an attractive place for pedestrians and cyclists and the creation of new waterfront promenades, boardwalks and paths encourage and facilitate community use. The dominance of car parking has been reversed and replaced with parkland including BBQ’s, shelters and playgrounds.
The programming of the foreshores has been carefully considered to create a flexibility and adaptability of space to cater for events, markets, concerts and the like. The narrative of the landscape conveys the history of the Bunbury coastline including Aboriginal, European, maritime and industrial heritage.
The RPS Economics team used this masterplan to support the business cases and Royalties for Regions funding submissions for Stage 1 and Stage 2 redevelopment of Koombana Bay, as part of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project. Stage 1 was granted $24.9 million in funding in the 2016-2017 WA State Budget and Stage 2 received $20.73 million of Royalties for Regions investment in June 2016.