Bunbury City Council will enter into an agreement to take over maintenance of the city’s main entrances in a bid to make them more welcoming.
The South Western Times in July revealed the council was in negotiations with Main Roads WA to take over management of verges on Forrest and Bussell highways and the council is set to finalise that agreement next week.
Mayor Gary Brennan said the two entrances had been a “sore point” for several years and the agreement would allow the areas to be enhanced with landscaping and possibly street art.
“For sometime now the City has been discussing with Main Roads about the possibility of the city assuming responsibility of the maintenance of the main entrance into our city,” Mr Brennan said.
“Finally an agreement has been reached between our officers and Main Roads on a cost-sharing arrangement.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to reach this agreement and our residents and visitors to Bunbury over the next few years will see a marked improvement in our landscaping at those key entrances.
“What this means is the city can enhance those entrances to our standards, which would exceed Main Roads standards — understandably Main Roads is restrained by a Statewide budget where as the city can actually focus attention on those entrances.”
Under the agreement, the council will receive about $30,000 from Main Roads WA to put towards the maintenance.
The council already spends $20,000 on the two areas and the extra work is predicted to cost a further $70,000.
Mr Brennan said initial work would include only landscaping, but street art or artwork structures could be considered in the future.
“At the moment it’s landscaping, but we’ve got the magnificent pilot artwork on the Bussell Highway, Robertson Drive intersection, which is a really nice piece,” he said.
“It makes a bold statement when visitors for the first time come into Bunbury, they’ll see magnificent landscaping and hopefully a bit of street art,” he said.
“Although we haven’t looked at that (street art) just yet, but I think down the track that’s a very strong possibility.
“It just gives a wonderful impression of a city or a place when you’ve got a very neat, welcoming landscaped entrance.”