- Maidens Reserve scenic lookout and trail construction has begun
- Local contractor chosen to deliver project which will create about 80 jobs
- Transformation part of McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks
Construction is now underway on a $5 million transformation of Bunbury's Maidens Reserve with an impressive scenic lookout and trail.
The project will feature an upper and lower lookout providing panoramic views of Kalgulup Regional Park and the wider City of Bunbury.
A new 670 metre wheelchair accessible pathway will lead to the lower lookout through the surrounding Tuart Forest. The lower lookout will be 45 metres high while the upper lookout will be 67 metres in height, connected by 153 steps. Interpretive signage will share the area's rich history with visitors.
Local company Picton Civil Pty Ltd has been chosen to construct the project, creating about 80 jobs. Eighty per cent of the contract value will be spent in the region.
The recently expanded parking area and playground developed by the City of Bunbury along Ocean Drive will complement the Maidens Reserve development.
The scenic lookout and trail are expected to be complete mid next year. The design was informed by the City of Bunbury's Co-Design Access Panel. The project is managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
"The scenic lookout and trail will be a major drawcard for both locals and visitors to Bunbury.
"This project will deliver a nature-based recreational area the entire community can enjoy, while creating local jobs.
"These upgrades are part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to the creation and management of Bunbury's Kalgulup Regional Park."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister and Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
"This is another exciting project showcasing Bunbury and will no doubt be a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.
"The Maidens Reserve transformation will provide sweeping 360 degree views across Bunbury, Leschenault Inlet, Geographe Bay and Cape Naturaliste.
"The trail and lower scenic lookout will be accessible to all visitors and families to enjoy nature at its best."