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Paper by Tony Brun at the REAAA international Conference in Cairns

Paper by Tony Brun at the REAAA international Conference in Cairns



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  • Bunbury – A Background
    • Greater Bunbury is an urban community of 65,000
    • 31,000 live within the local government area of the City of Bunbury which is the commercial and governance centre
    • 34,000 live in predominantly dormitory suburbs adjacent to Bunbury in three local governments being the Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey
    • Recognised in the top 5 fastest growing Cities in Australia at 3.5% per annum (ABS 2001 Statistics)
    • 80% of population does not use public transport
  • The Need
    • Bunbury was originally settled in the 1840’s and subsequently the primary road developed over much of the 19 th century
    • The ongoing and rapid growth in the City meant there were substantial challenges ahead
    • Burgeoning traffic growth and low public transport use along with a low density city are potentially leading towards an environmentally unsustainable future
    • Numerous previous studies all focused on specific areas and transport modes – a integrated transport and land[use approach have never been done
  • The Study
    • Key areas of the Bunbury Integrated Land Use & Transport Vision
      • Road Modelling & Hierarchy
      • Parking Strategy
      • Public Transport Strategy
      • Pedestrian & Cycleway Strategy
      • Land Use Strategy (Housing & Commercial Plans)
  • Traffic Modeling & Hierarchy
    • Basis of model using the Main Roads WA for the Mandurah to Dunsborough Region
    • Use of TRIPS Generation model
    • Agreement with MRWA to develop and fund
    • Identified core issue is peak traffic and capacity of intersections
  • Pedestrian & Cycleways
    • Focus to create city-wide network with mix of on-road and dual use paths to encourage cycle based commuting and increased recreational use
    • Aim to “pedestrianise” CBD streets to assist with alfresco dining trade and encourage shoppers into the retail centre
  • Parking
    • 3 Part Parking Program
      • 4 paid multi-level CBD car parks with integrated commercial development
      • 3 CBD fringe free car parks – with free ride in/out of CBD
      • Park and Ride points in outer suburbs
    • Set all day (long term) parking fee for CBD parking to levels equivalent/or greater than bus fare.
  • Public Transport
    • Bus Service funded by State Government
    • Contracted out to private operator – “Bunbury Transit”
    • 22 buses in the fleet
    • Upgrade program – currently 7 low floor Mercedes
    • Patronage limited to students, pensioners and people with low access to private car (limited use by choice)
    • Circuitous routes
  • Public Transport – “Go Boulder” Conventional, fragmented community transport approach Innovative, multi-option, integrated community accessibility approach
    • Principal based on nodal development around commercial centres
    • Levels of Centres:-
      • Regional
      • District
      • Neighbourhood; and
      • Local
    • Focus of public transport at nodes
    • Allow non-residential uses (medical, professional, home based business around commercial nodes in frame area (within 100m)
    • Allow higher residential density around nodes within 400m
    Housing & Commercial Strategy
    • Aim to effect integration of the transport modes and land-use
    • Integration achieved through:-
      • Linking free fringe CBD parking to free public transit zone
      • Linking CBD parking rate to equal/greater than bus fares
      • Facilitating nodal development allowing higher densities with provision of local services (e.g. convenience, medical, hairdressing etc) and integrating these nodes into public transport network
  • Dreams & Realities
    • Dreams
      • Extensive infrastructure program planned to meet growth
      • Integrated solution between all transport modes and land use
    • Realities
      • Community and Council acceptance of difficult choices e.g. resumptions
      • Finding funding solutions – such as a head works charge
      • Limited to no support from surrounding local governments (where the bulk of the traffic growth is coming from)
      • State government agency reluctance to trial different public transport method.
  • Project Future
    • Stages
      • Implementation by Council as Strategy
      • Incorporate components into Town Planning Scheme
    • Review
      • Review and update every 5 years
      • Undertake as much as possible through in-house resourcing
    • Additional Integration
      • Link current studies into regional rail; airport and port into future versions