Monday, 12 August 2019
Swimmers at Koombana Bay will feel safer in the water this summer after Council on Tuesday evening granted lease approval to the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club to install a beach observation tower on the shore line.
The club was given approval for a 10-year lease over a portion of the beach.
The club will now be able to patrol the popular swimming beach from a higher vantage point ensuring the safety of beachgoers.
Funding for the purpose-built tower includes a $15,000 contribution from the City of Bunbury to go toward its installation. Lotterywest has also provided significant funding.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the tower would be a welcomed addition to Koombana Bay which is frequented by families and tourists especially over summer.
“The City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club already does a sensational job patrolling Bunbury beaches and to have them now be able to patrol our most popular beach is fantastic,” Mayor Brennan said.
“Council is pleased to have been able to help the club with its latest initiative.”
Club President Denise Duncan said the tower was in its final days of production and would be installed over the next month.
“This observation tower will give our patrolling lifesavers an elevated, whole beach view of Koombana Bay, enhancing our lifesaving capabilities to spot hazards and respond to the needs of our beach going community as well as provide an opportunity to increase our patrolling footprint,” Ms Duncan said.
“This is another wonderful example of the strong and powerful community partnership we share with the City of Bunbury, Surf Life Saving WA and Lotterywest in working together to improve the safety and enjoyment of our beach goers.”