Trial of overnight rest areas continues

Thursday, 6 February 2020 

A trial of overnight rest areas in Bunbury will continue as visitors continue to stop in the City to take advantage of the popular initiative.

In October 2018, Bunbury City Council endorsed a two-year trial of overnight rest areas at three locations in the City following investigations into providing a budget camping option for visitors.

Each rest area allows a specified number of vehicles to stay for up to 48 hours on the premise the vehicle meet the criteria of being fully self-contained.

Council this week accepted a twelve month review into the trial.

The review shows more than 1600 travellers have so far taken advantage of the overnight rest areas with the City issuing 823 permits.

A total of $254,198.57 has been spent in the Bunbury community during the trial, equating to a return of $7.77 for every dollar the City has invested in the initiative.

The implementation of the trial has cost the City approximately $32,678.84 for the first 12 months, including staff resources, manufacture and installation of signage and welcome pack information.

Given its isolated location and underutilisation over the course of the trial, the City has removed Maiden’s Reserve as a rest area for the remainder of the trial.

The Scott Street rest area along Ocean Drive will be relocated to the carpark adjacent to the basketball courts opposite Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club in response to community feedback.

The Wyalup-Rocky Point rest area will remain as is.

City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the review showed the overnight rest areas were proving popular for potential tourists and having economic benefits for the community. 

“The overnight rest areas have attracted visitors to our City who might not have otherwise stopped here,’’ Mayor Brennan said.

“Visitors who travel to Bunbury and use these overnight rest areas are going away and telling their friends and family about what a great City Bunbury is – how fantastic is that.”

The trial ends in November 2020, at which time a formal review will be prepared and provided to Council for further consideration.