Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
$240,000 Grant To Enhance Bunbury Boating Facilities
Victor P Taffa
Plans to build a floating jetty at Bunbury’s Popular Koombana Beach have been boosted with the announcement of a grant from the State Government.
During a visit to Bunbury today, Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government, through the South West Development Commission, would contribute $240,000 towards the Planned Facility.
Bunbury MLA John Castrilli welcomed the new initiative and looked forward to seeing the end product of all the floating facilities when they were completed.
“The funding will assist the Koombana Bay Sailing Club to proceed with the project, which will involve the assembly of 10 pontoons adjacent to the existing groyne.” Mr. Grylls said.
“Though the pontoons will be anchored by pylons driven into the sand, they will be able to be removed and brought ashore in response to weather conditions.”
“As well as allowing bigger boats to have better access to the shore, the new jetty will also act as a tourist asset with the potential to support a number of activities.
“In addition, the new jetty will provide greater accessibility for participants of Rotary’s Sail into Life, a program for people with disabilities who enjoy sailing.”
The Minister congratulated the Koombana Bay Sailing Club on their vision to improve boating facilities for the region.
“The Jetty Project, combined with the upgrades planned for the award-winning Dolphin Discovery Centre, has the potential to enhance the appeal of Koombana Bay for locals and visitors.” Mr. Grylls said.
The Floating Jetty is expected to be ready for use by the end of January 2011.
The Koombana Bay Sailing Club’s application for jetty funding has been supported by the Rotary Sail into Life program, South West Cruising Association, West Coast Outriggers, Dolphin Discovery Centre and Bunbury Power Boat Club, all of which expect to benefit from the Project.