Bunbury is Western Australia's largest regional city. It is sited approximately 170km south of Perth and forms the commercial, retail and governance hub for the burgeoning South West region. The City also includes a major freight transport network focused on the Bunbury Port, which currently moves approximately 10 million tons per year making it Australia's 9th largest port and based on current forecasts is potentially set to become the 5th largest. Another key factor is the Greater Bunbury Urban area is managed by 4 local governments. In 2000, the City of Bunbury called tenders to undertake a major review and study into the integrated land use and transport needs for the City, based on a 30-year time horizon. The basis of the study was to undertake an extensive public consultation and work shopping phase, then to move into detailed context analysis in the areas of: (1) paths; (2) traffic modeling and road hierarchy; (3) land use; (4) car parking; and (5) public transport. The intention was to develop an integrated multi-modal and environmentally sustainable solution to Bunbury's future. The study has identified some significant strategies, which will assist in achieving set modal share targets. The issue at hand now is whether the community is ready to accept the cost and direction; and forsake their dependence on single occupancy cars as the primary mode of transport. The fragmented local government boundaries, which effectively results in half the Greater Bunbury population area not being committed or bound to the direction of the Study system, acts to further compound the implementation of solutions. In effect it is easier for the surrounding areas to subsidize growth and encourage sprawling vehicle dependant dormitory suburbs. The paper reviews the context analysis and recommendations from the Bunbury Integrated Land Use and Transport Vision 2030 Study and the realities confronted in the community acceptance and implementation.


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  • Accession Number: 00964406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 087659229X
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 21 2003 12:00AM