Council depot will open up land options
CONSTRUCTION of Bunbury City Council’s new depot has been pinpointed as one of the major projects in the 2017-18 Budget.
And the $8 million development is the biggest council-funded project yet, according to Mayor Gary Brennan.
“It certainly is our largest project, even the BREC (Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre) extension wasn’t that much” Mr Brennan said.
While the council is in negotiations to bring the project’s successful tender, Civilcon, in under budget, construction will start this financial year and is expected to take less than a year to finish.
The council previously spent a further $2.4 million on the depot’s Sutherland Way site in Picton.
“It is a major project, but what it does is moves staff from a 50-yearold, tired and inappropriate facility along with the McCombe Road waste depot staff into one space,” Mr Brennan said.
“They’ll be able to collaborate more effectively. It then gives us the opportunity to redevelop the Nuytsia Avenue site and that McCombe Road site we can look to dispose of too.
“It creates a really good domino effect – one project leads to another and that’s all great news.”
The allocation of cash includes up to $5 million in loan borrowings plus funds in associated council reserves.
The council plans to develop 3ha of the Picton site for the depot with the remaining 2ha earmarked for future use still to be determined.
Mayor Gary Brennan looks over Bunbury City Council’s new depot site in Picton.