South Western Times - - 2017 In Review -

PO­LICE be­lieve the “mes­sage is get­ting through” with South West of­fi­cers prais­ing the com­mu­nity for be­ing well be­haved over Christ­mas and New Year. South West traf­fic po­lice said the road­side unit was reach­ing its in­creased drug and al­co­hol test­ing tar­get and a bol­stered po­lice pres­ence over the fes­tive pe­riod did not re­sult in more of­fences.

BUN­BURY recorded its sec­ond wettest year since 2005. Only two months had max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures above av­er­age. There was 801.8mm of rain, with only the 815.4mm recorded in 2013 sur­pass­ing that to­tal in the past decade. Max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures were be­low the monthly av­er­age for ev­ery month be­tween Fe­bru­ary and De­cem­ber, ex­clud­ing Novem­ber where it nudged 0.1C above nor­mal.

BUN­BURY was a step closer to trans­form­ing its fore­shore into a tourism mecca with the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing a start to Koom­bana Bay’s re­de­vel­op­ment in Fe­bru­ary. Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man were in Bun­bury to re­veal fi­nal con­cept plans for Stage One of the $24.9 mil­lion Roy­al­ties for Re­gions Grow­ing Our South de­vel­op­ment.

A HIGHLY de­sir­able piece of Bun­bury wa­ter­front was open to the public in Jan­uary dur­ing a one­off open day. The Outer Har­bour is usu­ally closed to the public, but fu­ture plans which could in­clude re­de­vel­op­ment of the area prompted an open day for the com­mu­nity.

LA­BOR Leader Mark McGowan spruiked his plan for Bun­bury on Jan­uary 25, out­lin­ing a com­mit­ment to stage three of the wa­ter­front precinct, new trans­port links and ed­u­ca­tion up­grades to “take Bun­bury to the next level”. Mr McGowan said the cost of the wa­ter­front project would be more than $100 mil­lion.

BUN­BURY Mayor Gary Bren­nan re­vealed the way park­ing in the CBD is man­aged could be “tweaked” af­ter meet­ing with a group of stake­hold­ers. Mr Bren­nan pre­vi­ously ruled out any changes to on-street paid park­ing, say­ing it played a mi­nor part in at­tract­ing shop­pers to the city.

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