Foreshore cafe review and submissions open

Artist’s impression of foreshore cafe

The City of Busselton is engaging with the community over the planned foreshore cafe and kiosk in Dunsborough. The city will be holding information sessions February 20 and 21 at the Naturalist Community Centre (Thursday Feb 20: 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Friday Feb 21: 1.30pm – 2:30pm). Concurrently, submissions can be made to the WA Department of Lands on the development.

The city is negotiating with the Department of Lands, Planning and Heritage to secure a portion of Crown Reserve (Class A Reserve) on Centennial Park Dunsborough for the future commercial lease. The Department of Lands is advertising the proposed area to be excised from the reserve. The public submissions period commenced on the 12th of February 2020 and runs for 30 days (March 12). It will also be advertised in the West Australian Newspaper. For more information on the submission process or to lodge a submission contact Rachel Nelson at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on or telephone (08) 9791 0898.

Location of the proposed cafe

The proposed development is 831sqm in total, and will have a 301sqm footprint for commercial purposes which includes re-purposing the existing public toilets of 101sqm into cafe storage space. The other 530sqm, by far the biggest portion of the excised reserve, will be developed for the community and will provide a great new range of public assets including new ablutions and beach showers, bike stations and improved pathways as well as picnic and decked areas for general recreational use. The rental income from the developer will go towards maintaining the Dunsborough Foreshore and the new community assets provided. The preferred proponent for the future commecial lease is Margaret River Hospitality Group, which owns and operates the White Elephant Beach Café, Morries, The Common, Barefoot Beach Weddings and a catering company.

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