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Proudly Bunbury Newsletter

In a little more than a week, the 2021 State Election will be over and you will have chosen your representative for Bunbury for the next four years. I am seeking your support to be part of a re-elected McGowan Government and continue the work we have started to make Bunbury an even better place to live.

It has been a privilege to be your local representative in the State Parliament for the last four years. Together we have achieved some amazing things for our community. We have:
  • Built the new Dolphin Discovery Centre
  • Completed the redevelopment of Koombana Bay waterfront
  • Redeveloped Jetty Road
  • Built and opened the Step Up/Step Down Community Mental Health Facility
  • Opened 19 new rehab beds in the Greater Bunbury area
  • Expanded Bunbury Regional Prison, creating hundreds of local jobs
  • Built new early childhood classrooms at South Bunbury Primary School
  • Built a state of the art STEM Centre at Newton Moore Senior High School
  • Built a new canteen and classrooms at Bunbury Senior High School
  • Built a new facility for the Dalyellup Surf Life Saving Club
  • Built the Glen Iris Water Treatment Plant
  • Invested $3 million in improvements to Halifax Business Park
  • $3.9 million of improvements to Hay Park
  • Established Doors Wide Open as a vital community service

Projects Underway

The McGowan Government has already commenced work on important projects to improve our community in the coming years including:
  • $85 million Bussell Highway duplication
  • $54.7 million Australind Railcar Replacement
  • $8 million Multipurpose Community Centre for Dalyellup
  • A water resource recovery facility to supply water to irrigate public spaces
  • $15.5 million for a new Bunbury Port Inner Harbour access road
  • $5 million contribution to the redevelopment of Hands Oval
  • The Housing First initiative to combat homelessness in Bunbury

Plan for Bunbury

Mark McGowan and I have a plan for the future of Bunbury. A re-elected McGowan Government will invest in Bunbury:

  • $852 million for stages two and three of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road
  • $200.1 million for the redevelopment of the Bunbury Regional Hospital
  • $78.1 million for stage 3, phase 1 of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront
  • Install traffic lights and reduce speeds to 70 km/h around the Somerville Drive and Bussell Highway intersection
  • $8 million for new indoor courts at the South West Sports Centre
  • $3.1 million upgrades to Bunbury Senior High School
  • $3 million refurbishment of South Bunbury Education Support Centre
  • $1 million each for Dalyellup College and Bunbury Senior High School to create STEM classrooms
  • $750 000 for upgrades to Bunbury Speedway
  • $250 000 for a feasibility study for the Bunbury Ocean Pool
  • Open a dedicated alcohol and other drug rehabilitation unit for men in custody at the Bunbury Regional Prison, providing an intensive therapeutic pathway to recovery

Coming Up

Mobile Office
Saturday 6 March
  • 10am - 11am, Wyalup/Rocky Point Bunbury
All are welcome, no appointment necessary. If you have an issue you would like to discuss with me as your local member, please come along. 

Community Organisations

In addition to building the important infrastructure our community needs to grow our economy and create new local jobs, a re-elected McGowan Government will invest in the community organisations that make such a vital contribution to the lifestyle we all enjoy, including:
  • $210 000 for the redevelopment of Carey Park Scout Hall
  • $115 000 to purchase a new bus for Bunbury PCYC
  • $120 000 to redevelop Sleaford Park in Gelorup
  • $80 000 for the Bunbury Motorcycle Club to install permanent lighting to enable night time racing at Scrublands Park Motocross Track
  • $80 000 to support the South West Women’s Health and Information Centre to create an innovative new Women’s Outreach Service
  • $51 000 to assist Morrissey Homestead to upgrade IT and communications systems, and to purchase much needed new chairs for their clients
  • $50 000 to support WMKAC to develop a Noongar Language Hub service
  • $50 000 for improvements to accessibility at the Bunbury Football Club and $30 000 for improvement to the Carey Park Footy Club facilities
  • $50 000 for the installation of a community accessible outdoor fitness circuit at Picton Primary School
  • $40 000 for new storage facilities at the Stirling Street Arts Centre
  • $30 000 for refurbishment of crisis accommodation run by the Bunbury Salvation Army
  • $24 500 for a new roof for the Lyric Theatre
  • $22 000 for South West Wheelchair Sports to purchase a pool of wheeelchairs for community use
  • $20 000 for new heating at the South West Refuge
  • $5 300 for security upgrades at the South West Community Legal Centre


I am committed to making sure Bunbury is a fantastic place to live where our community feels supported, there are opportunities to get a great education, to have a good job and satisfying career and to raise a family. Mark McGowan agrees and a re-elected Government he leads will deliver:
  • An extra $60 million to combat domestic violence
  • $361.6 million to address critical gaps in the mental health system, including a co-response team for Bunbury
  • $104 million to increase mental health support services in schools
  • $5.1 million for a range of initiatives to make childcare more accessible and more affordable for regional families.
  • After slashing TAFE fees for 180 courses by up to 72 per cent we will now freeze fees until at least 2025
  • Invest $2.485 million to begin working towards the establishment of an Advanced Manufacturing Hub in the South West.
For the last four years I have enjoyed working as part of our community to secure a better future for Bunbury and the surrounding region. Mark McGowan and I have a comprehensive plan to improve all aspects of our community, health, education, safety, taking care of vulnerable people, jobs, and lifestyle for the future.

Our community needs a strong local voice who can work with Mark McGowan to get things done in government. 
Mark McGowan will continue to lead a disciplined, responsible and experienced team, that always puts WA jobs first, and never gives up. 
With your support I’ll work with Mark McGowan to keep Bunbury strong.
All the best to you and your family.


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