Dunsborough Foreshore Cafe (Revised Concept Plan) - Public Comment

Update: The final outcomes of the consultation are documented here.


Current Proposal

In an effort to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes and address concerns raised through previous consultation, a thorough review of the project scope, design, functionality and location was undertaken by the Margaret River Hospitality Group (MRHG) in early 2017. On 22 August 2017 the Council resolved to invite public comments on a revised concept (see images attached) prior to further progression of State and Local Government statutory processes relating to lease of the land.

The revised draft concept (see below) incorporates improved community amenity/facilities and greater

Update: The final outcomes of the consultation are documented here.


Current Proposal

In an effort to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes and address concerns raised through previous consultation, a thorough review of the project scope, design, functionality and location was undertaken by the Margaret River Hospitality Group (MRHG) in early 2017. On 22 August 2017 the Council resolved to invite public comments on a revised concept (see images attached) prior to further progression of State and Local Government statutory processes relating to lease of the land.

The revised draft concept (see below) incorporates improved community amenity/facilities and greater environmental sustainability in both construction methods and ongoing operations. It retains a café/kiosk commercial area for potential leasehold from the City of 200m2, with an additional adjoining area of 200m2, which includes community seating, outdoor showers, new public ablutions and a public deck area. The revised covered areas proposed are:

Commercial space (200m2) consisting:

  • kitchen (30m2)
  • dining space (105m2)
  • kiosk (15m2)
  • al-fresco (50m2)

Public (community) space (200m2) consisting:

  • community circle area (50m2)
  • outdoor showers (40m2)
  • ablutions (50m2)
  • public deck (60m2)

The revised concept potentially provides the following benefits to the local area:

  • Community: improved facilities and amenity; upgraded public ablutions; strengthens the sense of place; enjoyment of the beach year round; positive local economic/tourism benefits and the development of community pride in sustainability;
  • Environment: Touches the earth lightly (uses screw piles with no concrete pads) and is elevated off the ground to protect vegetation and prevent inundation in a major storm event; 100% sustainable energy production is proposed with a 200 panel solar array on the roof; renewable construction materials; pre-fabricated modular construction to reduce on-site impact; simple decommissioning of structure at the end of the life; all existing trees to remain with reintroduction of native vegetation;
  • Public facility upgrades: Relocation of public ablutions within the proposed development; re-direction of existing bicycle path to improve cyclists, car and pedestrian flow;
  • Eliminates car/pedestrian clash points on-site; car-park redesign to improve traffic flow onto Geographe Bay Road, and;
  • Introduction of bike parking/repair stations and more bins for cleaner beaches.


Background

In March 2014, Council resolved to support (for the purposes of community consultation), a proposed ‘containment zone’ (see image below) on the Dunsborough foreshore (‘A Class’ Reserve Number R22965), for potential future commercial development of a café and/or kiosk up to 150m2 plus 50m2 covered alfresco area. The decision resulted from a strategic review of alternative sites on the Dunsborough foreshore for a café and/or kiosk, following community concerns the newly landscaped area near the juncture of Dunn Bay Road and Geographe Bay Road was not suitable for commercial development.


In mid-2015, following a publicly advertised expressions of interest process, the Council resolved to nominate the Margaret River Hospitality Group (MRHG) as ‘preferred proponent’ for development of the café and kiosk. The MRHG developed an initial concept for the café/kiosk and in 2016, the Department of Lands progressed advertising its intention to excise a portion of the A Class Reserve to create a parcel of land suitable for the proposed development and invited public comments. The primary concerns expressed related to lack of parking, visual intrusion and environmental impact.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Dunsborough Foreshore Cafe - Public Comment

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    Please take a few minutes to leave your comments regarding the revised concept plan for the proposed Dunsborough Foreshore Cafe development. 


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