Weekly Snapshot 27 November

The City of Bunbury and Shire of Dardanup have been awarded the Outstanding Achievement by a Local Government in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion for this year’s M8 the Call Can W8 campaign, which was run by the Bunbury RoadWise Committee. Cr Betty McCleary attended the Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards last week where she was excited to accept the award for the initiative, which encourages people to ignore their phone while driving.

Some of the concrete tree containers along Victoria Street between Prinsep Street and Wellington Street will be cladded prior to Christmas. The cladding will be similar to the pot fronting the Rose Hotel and will improve the street appeal in this area.

During an inspection of Charterhouse Reserve, the large tuart tree located near the intersection of Sungrove Avenue and Charterhouse Close was found to have extensive decay at the base of the trunk. The City engaged an arborist to assess the tree, which found the tree is structurally weak and places the public at unacceptable risk. The City places public safety as its foremost concern and as such, this tree will require removal. Permission has been obtained from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and removal is scheduled for 1 December. The City understands the important role tuart trees play in the identity and ecology of Bunbury and will plant five tuarts within Charterhouse Reserve as replacements. This planting will be undertaken as part of next year’s winter planting.

An exciting campaign that highlights the many fantastic events coming up in Bunbury will be launched on social media this week. It includes an awesome video and an events calendar that will be distributed far and wide, which will not only showcase how active the City is in the events space, but also keep people informed and entice them to pay us a visit.

There are still 1150 cat and dog registrations outstanding and final notices have been posted to the owners. As the registration of these animals has now expired, Rangers will now be making contact with the pet owners by phone or in person to determine if the animals have departed and to ensure registration is renewed for the pets still residing at the property.

There has been a recent increase in the number of abandoned vehicles collected by Rangers.  Some of the vehicles were involved in criminal activities and Rangers have been working with the Police to ensure evidence was able to be obtained prior to their removal.  In an attempt to destroy any identifying evidence, the vehicles are often burnt, resulting in large amount of debris and damage to roads and reserves.  Following the removal of the vehicles, Rangers notify Waste, Civic or Open Space crews to ensure the areas are cleaned and reinstated to the previous standard.

In response to a request to review the parking arrangements in Cobblestone Drive, staff have now changed the parking arrangements to provide three hours of free parking and a fixed daily cost of $3.20.  This change to the parking fee will allow people to access the area free of change for three hours to attended local business and Saturday markets etc, and still enable this carpark to be used by motorists requiring a fixed daily rate. 

With the recent changes to the CBD parking allowing two hours of free parking on-street and three hours free parking in visitor shopper carparks, there are no plans to make any additional changes in the lead-up to Christmas. Parking demand in the CBD will be monitored and if required, staff will install signage and arrange for overflow parking to be created on the foreshore across from the Visitor Centre parking area.

TAFE Conservation and Environmental Management students have begun installing bollards in the bushland across from the entrance to Manea Park. This piece of bushland is a threatened ecological community and a hotspot for dumping rubbish and garden waste. It is hoped the bollards will prevent this and other illegal activities from occurring. TAFE students also removed woody weeds in Manea Park, installed a new pedestrian access and undertook a flora survey in Catalpa Park bushland recently.