Implementation of the City’s CBD promotion and activation strategies are well under way with expressions of interest now open for the Bunbury Summer Jam. This is a series of street entertainment events taking place over summer on the same Saturdays as the Bunbury Markets, with the idea to help activate and add vibrancy to the CBD. In the promotional space, Lomax Media are busy developing both a TV and a social media-based campaign to promote Bunbury and the CBD over summer. The TV campaign will focus on the diversity of attractions within the CBD while the social media campaign will focus on Christmas in Bunbury, including shopping and event opportunities. Both will be launched at the start of December.
The City of Bunbury has received a Lighthouse Special Commendation Award for demonstrating a strong partnership with local disability employment service provider Forrest Personnel. In 2016 the City was received a Lighthouse Project Grant and in consultation with Combined Team Services and Forrest Personnel, the City created and conducted organisation-wide equal employment opportunity training with a focus on access and inclusion. The Human Resources team continued their engagement with Forrest Personnel, workshopping ways to increase employment opportunities for people with disability. Ultimately the partnership resulted in the creation of four new positions for people with disability at the City.
The recent Pet Expo held in Queens Gardens was a success with rangers engaging with a wide range of two and four-legged community members. While answering many general enquiries such as the locations of dog exercise areas and rule about cats, Rangers were also able to complete the registration of 41 dogs and check a number of microchip details for pet owners. Twenty pet-related stalls were at the expo including local vets, pet suppliers and animal rescue groups.
Visits from school groups are increasing at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, with four large classes in recent weeks and more booked in. The Museum is also gearing up for the Summer Schools Program with a family history research program as part of the Stirling Street Arts Centre Summer School.
The City has been successful in receiving grant funding under the Stronger Communities Program, which will be used to supplement existing funds that have been allocated to upgrade lighting around the Frankel Street and Mondak Street Shops in Carey Park.
Bunbury’s biggest charity event, Relay for Life, was held recently and the City’s team “Council Crew” raised $7000. Overall, the event raised $142,000.