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.