Bunbury silos to be reformed

The industrial wasteland situated on a wedge between the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet in Bunbury is set to be transformed over the next year as work begins on a new $32 million hotel within Bunbury’s exciting Marlston Waterfront tourism precinct.

Bunbury City Council has given preliminary approval to the developers, Kareelya Property Group, for a mixed-use site combining a resort hotel, conference facilities, residential options including penthouses and apartments, retail outlets, restaurants and an office complex centred around a lively market square.

The centre piece of the 2,800 square metre development, designed by Overman and Zuide-veld architects will be the old grain silos, built in 1936, that stand as a reminder of Bunbury’s industrial past.

The development will bring to fruition the transformation of the port city, begun ten years ago when LandCorp purchased the land and relocated the industrial area out of town.

Only four silos still remain, saved by a public outcry because of their historical significance after eight other silos were demolished.

Kareelya Property Group director, Brett Jackson said the group was endeavouring to maintain the historic significance of the silos.

The Kareelya Property Group has the credentials for such an undertaking, having also developed the landmark Broadwater Pagoda in South Perth.

Mr Jackson said the silos offered a great opportunity for a high rise development that is unique because of the current three storey height restriction placed on new developments on the coast.

He said the company had been attracted to Bunbury as a key regional centre with enormous commercial potential, particularly considering the State Govern-ment’s recent investment in infrastructure within the region.

“Broadwater Resort Bunbury will primarily cater for the growing south-west business market providing quality accommodation and service and much needed large conference facilities.”

There will be 745 square metres of function rooms together with pre-function areas and kitchens.

Broadwater hospitality director, Frank Jackson said the 113 room Broadwater Resort, expected to be operational in 2002, would provide up to thirty full-time jobs for hotel operations staff and an additional fifty full-time jobs within the food and beverage division plus numerous casual and part-time positions.

The project will enhance the next stage of LandCorp’s Marlston Hill redevelopment – one of the most significant urban renewal projects to be undertaken in regional WA.

Mr Brett Jackson said the group was working closely with Marlston Waterfront developer, LandCorp, to ensure the projects complemented one another.

When completed, Marlston Waterfront will create a multi-million dollar waterside landmark for Bunbury with a mix of stylish inner city living, discreet office space, retail outlets and recreational facilities including a timber broadwalk and promenade.

“We see our development as a premier waterside attraction fitting very much with LandCorp’s vision for the Marlston precinct,” Mr Jackson said.

“These projects will only enhance Bunbury’s status as an important conference and tourism destination.”

Development is due to start in September with construction to begin in Bunbury in March 2000.

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