Last chance to comment on 6 storey complex

Duglup Centre from Dunn Bay Rd roundabout

Friday, Dec. 3 is the deadline to comment on the proposed six storey office/retail/ apartment complex on Dunn Bay Road. If it goes ahead it will be the tallest building south of Bunbury. More details here on making a submission.

The future of the project will be decided by a 5 person panel (JDAP) consisting of two local councillors (Henley and Carter) and three Perth planners. They are expected to meet in early January. If it goes ahead it most likely means another six storey development down Dunn Bay Rd will get approval later in the month.

AGM held-new treasurer

The DPA held its 2021 AGM on July 29, 2021. The management committee reluctantly accepted the retirement of treasurer Bryn Sargeant. Ross Goby was elected to the committee as the new treasurer. All the other committee members were re-elected. Ann Goby was also elected to the committee.

The committee thanked Bryn for his hard work over the last few years, both as a very efficient treasurer and as an active volunteer at all the DPA events.

The minutes of the meetings and the President’s report follows:

New park opens


A new park opened in Dunsborough in mid June, 2021, the result of a collaboratiion between the DPA, the City of Busselton and the RAC. At the instigation of ex-councillor John McCallum and the DPA, the city, over the past few years, has been negotating with Telstra to convert its car park in the centre of town into a park. This came to fruition in June. The RAC provided a grant for the vegetation and RAC volunteers did most of the planting.


Djiljit Mia wins awards

Adam, Trish and Jacquie receive awards

In May Djiljit Mia Community Gathering Place won the 2021 W.A. Parks and Leisure award of excellence in two categories: Community Based Initiative of the Year and Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution. National awards will be announced in September. Congratulations to Trish! As of June 6 the City has taken over respoinsibility for managing the space.

Petition momentum grows

The DPA sponsored petition requesting the council rezone lots facing the foreshore to 3 stories picked up momentum Saturday with over 200 signatures.

Sharing a booth with Dunsborough 2030 there was non-stop traffic all morning.

The petition requests the council rezone all the R80 lots on Geographe Bay Road to R60. This will lower the maximum height to 3 stories from 4/5 stories.

The petition will be presented to council Jan 20. It can still be signed at Christisn Fletcher Gallery or Text&Co. Only Busselton electors (ratepayers) can sign. More information is available here.

Fireworks celebrate festival success

A spectacular fireworks show held in Dunsborough last Sunday night (March 1) to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Dunsborough Arts Festival was so successful that Dianne Laurance has promised to sponsor another fireworks presentation for next year’s Festival. Around 7000 people lined the foreshore parks and beaches to see them.

Dunsborough Progress Association President Jacquie Happ said the fireworks were a great success with people of all ages. “It was great to see so many family groups and friends gathering together for the Sunday concert and what was Dunsborough’s first ever Fireworks show. It was a wonderful way to mark the Festival’s 20th year,” Jacquie said. “Diane’s announcement to sponsor the fireworks for a second year is great news for the Festival, and a fabulous treat for Festival goers,” she said.

The Arts Festival and its Sculpture by the Bay exhibition during the Long Weekend attracted its best crowds yet. People poured into Seymour Park, the Christian Fletcher Gallery, and onto the foreshore to view the 84 artworks entered in the Festival’s Sculpture by the Bay competitions.

“There was also a good turnout for our Festival Art Market on Sunday morning, and great crowds for our Saturday and Sunday night Festival concerts on the foreshore,” Jacquie said.

Sculpture coordinator Vicky Small said about $106,000 in sculpture sales had been achieved , going back to the Dunsborough community and artists.

“This is on top of the $14,000 of sponsorship awarded to winners,” Vicky said.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback on Social Media about the Festival and Sculpture by the Bay,” she said.

‘Metal Head’ by Richard Jenkin
’ ‘Alone’ by Simon Youngleson

Sculpture Prize winners included:

Small Sculptures:

The NowGen by Nick Goode Small Sculpture Prize Award ‘Pink Salt Lake’ by Vicky Small.
Commendation Prize ‘Are we there yet?’ By Lily Mercer.

Large Sculptures:

Dianne Laurance Excellence Award to ‘Dance of the Dryads’ by Daniel Fisher
Dianne Laurance Award for encouraging future artists to school entry Natures Atelier Early Learning Centre for their Snake Skin.
City of Busselton Acquisitive Prize awarded to ‘Invisible Influence’ by Kane Bluegum.
Braeco Recycled Darn Art awards – first ‘Magpie’s Melody’ by Dennis Wilson and second ‘Seahorse Sentinel’ by Robert Turner.
Happs Emerging Artist award to ‘Metal Head’ by Richard Jenkin
Christian Fletcher Gallery Environmental Message Award to ‘Alone’ by Simon Youngleson.

Christian Fletcher Gallery People’s Choice Award for small sculptures went to King Protea by James Horsley.

The JMW People’s Choice Award winner for larger sculptures was Seagull with Chip by Maurice Rosbotham.

“Seagull with Chip” by Maurice Rosbotham JMW People’s Choice Award winner