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Paper by Tony Brun at the REAAA international Conference in Cairns

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