Planning for the Future of the Dunsborough Town Centre

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Update 29/11/18

During 2018, the City undertook a community consultation program to identify a preferred vision for the future of the Dunsborough Town Centre. The City’s aim is to understand the issues and aspirations that reflect the general consensus of the community.

The City’s Your Say discussion forum was viewed by over 1,400 registered participants, and pop-up workshop attended by over 130 people. The results of this consultation program are available in the documents library (see right).

A diverse range of surveys, discussion posts and other tools were used in order to provide a range of ways that people could express their views. Each of these had a different number of responses, collectively meeting the City’s desire to gain a qualitative understanding of the themes that were important. These results should not be considered individually as a valid test of the specific ideas contained therein, and responses reflect the opinions of participants rather than the City.

City officers will be reviewing all of the comments and submissions in detail as part of preparing an Activity Centre Plan, which will propose a vision for the future and provide direction for building design, streetscape improvements and commercial growth.


Planning for the Future of the Dunsborough Town Centre

The City of Busselton will soon be starting a new phase of planning for the Dunsborough Town Centre.

We are doing this because:

1. You asked us to.

The results of the City’s Community Survey 2017 told us that the Dunsborough Town Centre was seen as a priority for improvement.

2. The landscape has changed.

Since adopting the Dunsborough Town Centre Conceptual Plan in January 2014, a range of the improvements identified in this Plan have been implemented. This changing landscape is shown by ongoing streetscape works, the completion of rezoning to support mixed use development, and the outcomes of several recently proposed developments.

3. It’s time.

It always is. Creating a great place is a continuous process of re-invention.

Within this new phase, which we’ve called RE: DUNSBOROUGH, we are aiming to work across a range of different areas to achieve a vibrant and successful town centre that reflects the community’s vision for the future. This will include initiatives within the following areas:

Re-vision - Develop a collective vision for the future

Re-design - Review our town planning directions

Re-connect - Continue to improve our streetscapes and movement networks

Re-sprout - Support business development and growth

Re-create - Support public arts and events


Thank you to everyone who posted comments for this Your Say discussion. Posts can no longer be made, but are available to review under the Re-vision and Re-design tabs below.

The next step in this project is detailed public consultation to support the preparation of a draft Activity Centre Plan. This will aim to gain further insight into the community’s views on:

  • A vision for the future of the Dunsborough Town Centre
  • At a conceptual/ strategic level, road network and streetscape design
  • At a specific level, building design guidance and controls

The City invites anyone with an interest in the Dunsborough Town Centre to attend a ‘pop-up’ consultation office at the rear of #237 Naturaliste Terrace (accessed from Hannay Lane) to gain further information and provide feedback on the issues that are important to them.

The pop-up office will be open during the following times:

Wednesday 7th November - 8:00am to 6:00pm

Thursday 8th November - 8:00am to 8:00pm

Friday 9th November - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Saturday 10th November - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Sunday 11th November - 1:00pm to 6:00pm


For further information please contact William Hosken, Strategic Planner on william.hosken@busselton.wa.gov.au or 9781 0444.



Update 29/11/18

During 2018, the City undertook a community consultation program to identify a preferred vision for the future of the Dunsborough Town Centre. The City’s aim is to understand the issues and aspirations that reflect the general consensus of the community.

The City’s Your Say discussion forum was viewed by over 1,400 registered participants, and pop-up workshop attended by over 130 people. The results of this consultation program are available in the documents library (see right).

A diverse range of surveys, discussion posts and other tools were used in order to provide a range of ways that people could express their views. Each of these had a different number of responses, collectively meeting the City’s desire to gain a qualitative understanding of the themes that were important. These results should not be considered individually as a valid test of the specific ideas contained therein, and responses reflect the opinions of participants rather than the City.

City officers will be reviewing all of the comments and submissions in detail as part of preparing an Activity Centre Plan, which will propose a vision for the future and provide direction for building design, streetscape improvements and commercial growth.


Planning for the Future of the Dunsborough Town Centre

The City of Busselton will soon be starting a new phase of planning for the Dunsborough Town Centre.

We are doing this because:

1. You asked us to.

The results of the City’s Community Survey 2017 told us that the Dunsborough Town Centre was seen as a priority for improvement.

2. The landscape has changed.

Since adopting the Dunsborough Town Centre Conceptual Plan in January 2014, a range of the improvements identified in this Plan have been implemented. This changing landscape is shown by ongoing streetscape works, the completion of rezoning to support mixed use development, and the outcomes of several recently proposed developments.

3. It’s time.

It always is. Creating a great place is a continuous process of re-invention.

Within this new phase, which we’ve called RE: DUNSBOROUGH, we are aiming to work across a range of different areas to achieve a vibrant and successful town centre that reflects the community’s vision for the future. This will include initiatives within the following areas:

Re-vision - Develop a collective vision for the future

Re-design - Review our town planning directions

Re-connect - Continue to improve our streetscapes and movement networks

Re-sprout - Support business development and growth

Re-create - Support public arts and events


Thank you to everyone who posted comments for this Your Say discussion. Posts can no longer be made, but are available to review under the Re-vision and Re-design tabs below.

The next step in this project is detailed public consultation to support the preparation of a draft Activity Centre Plan. This will aim to gain further insight into the community’s views on:

  • A vision for the future of the Dunsborough Town Centre
  • At a conceptual/ strategic level, road network and streetscape design
  • At a specific level, building design guidance and controls

The City invites anyone with an interest in the Dunsborough Town Centre to attend a ‘pop-up’ consultation office at the rear of #237 Naturaliste Terrace (accessed from Hannay Lane) to gain further information and provide feedback on the issues that are important to them.

The pop-up office will be open during the following times:

Wednesday 7th November - 8:00am to 6:00pm

Thursday 8th November - 8:00am to 8:00pm

Friday 9th November - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Saturday 10th November - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Sunday 11th November - 1:00pm to 6:00pm


For further information please contact William Hosken, Strategic Planner on william.hosken@busselton.wa.gov.au or 9781 0444.



  • Re-Connect

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    21 Mar 2018
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    Dunsborough Town Centre Streetscape Improvements

    In 2014, following the adoption of the Dunsborough Town Centre Conceptual Plan, the City went back to the community to ask for feedback on proposed streetscape improvement designs.

    With over 80% public support for the preferred designs (map included - click on the image to enlarge), the City commenced a 4 stage works program in 2014. A refurbishment of Lions Park also took place in 2015.

    In May the City will be starting the fourth stage of works, focussing on the central roundabout at the intersection of Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough Place and Naturaliste Terrace. This stage of works will involve reducing the size of the roundabout and reclaiming space from traffic and parking to provide more high quality pedestrian, alfresco and landscaped areas. Car parking removed through this stage has been replaced and added to in other locations.

    Detailed plans of this stage of works are available via the Document Library or click on the specific links provided here (Stage 4 Works_Dunsborough Townscape Improvements or Landscape Design_Dunsborough Townscape Improvements)

    The City will be appointing a contractor for complete these works, and significant consideration is being given to minimising disruption. If you require further information, please contact the City’s Construction Supervisor on (08) 9781 0444.

    Future streetscape improvement works will be scoped through the preparation of a Dunsborough Town Centre Activity Centre Plan.
  • Re-Sprout

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    by Danielle Paull, 25 Oct 2018

    Façade Refurbishment Subsidy Program

    The City’s Façade Refurbishment Subsidy Program provides funding assistance towards works that create active and attractive shopfronts within select parts of the Busselton City Centre and Dunsborough Town Centre.

    Business and land owners from Queen and Prince Streets in Busselton and Dunn Bay Road, Naturaliste Terrace and Hannay Lane in Dunsborough are encouraged to start planning their proposal now for future funding rounds.

    Applications for funding assistance will be accepted in accordance with the program guidelines. More information can be found on the City of Busselton website, or by contacting Jo Wilkinson on 9781 0444 or joanna.wilkinson@busselton.wa.gov.au


    Economic Development Taskforce

    In November 2016, Council adopted an Economic Development Strategy (2016-2026) and resolved to establish an Economic Development Taskforce (EDT) to help guide implementation.

    The Strategy identifies six key focus areas for action: (1) Investment Attraction and Marketing; (2) Business Retention and Expansion; (3) Regional Workforce Development; (4) Industry Development; (5) Strategic Infrastructure; and, (6) Place Making and Activation. An Implementation Plan for the Strategy has also been prepared and provides a framework and a list of practical initiatives under each of the six key focus areas.

    The EDT provides leadership and oversight of this program, supported by two working groups to provide for more detailed discussion and facilitation of selected initiatives.

    For further information, please contact the City’s Economic Development team on 9781 0444 or city@busselton.wa.gov.au


  • Re-Create

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    11 Apr 2018

    Coming soon – proposed place-making workshop to be announced for late 2018.

    The term ‘place-making’ describes a collective range of ways to improve an identified place or space, often discussed as an approach that can create an active and vibrant town or city centre.

    Common examples of place-making include urban artworks, events, markets, pop-up vendors, parklets and community gardens. The intent is often to create interest through ongoing change, as well as trial of quicker, lighter and cheaper approaches to testing potential permanent improvements.

    To register your interest in the workshop, please contact William Hosken, Strategic Planner on william.hosken@busselton.wa.gov.au or 9781 0444.