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Redevelopment works gearing up at tourist attraction

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project will hit a new milestone at the end of April when the Dolphin Discovery Centre temporarily closes to allow for redevelopment works to proceed.

And with just weeks remaining before the doors shut before reopening in December as the state's latest must-see, locals and visitors are encouraged to visit now so they can say they've been to both the old and new versions of the popular tourist attraction.

DDC general manager David Kerr said the organisation had a long history at the site and it was exciting to be involved in taking the centre through to its next chapter.

"It's grown from its original caravan on the beach," Mr Kerr said.

"This is the last opportunity to see it in its current incarnation prior to a major makeover which will bring it up to contemporary expectations."

Once complete, the revamped tourist attraction will be a landmark building boasting state-of-the-art exhibits as well as a new café, multi-use space, and souvenir shop.

The redevelopment of the centre is part of the multi-stage, State Government-funded Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront initiative which most recently saw the Koombana Bay Foreshore enhanced.

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball said the redevelopment of the DDC is expected to help stimulate the local tourism industry and generate flow-on effects for local businesses.

"By the end of the year, Bunbury will have a fresh new tourist attraction that's part of a world-class tourism precinct linked back to the city centre," Ms Ball said.

"It's expected that the economic benefits from this will flow to local businesses as people visit the new Dolphin Discovery Centre and stay on to see what else the city has to offer.

"Already, the project is creating positive outcomes by generating local jobs for local people through local contractor Perkins Builders winning the tender to deliver the works."

For more information about Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront, visit www.transformingbunburyswaterfront.com.au or the official Facebook page.

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