The $80 million redevelopment of the Bunbury Forum — to include a major department store such as Myer or David Jones — will go before the Bunbury City Council tonight.
The controversial issue has been the subject of recent State Administrative Tribunal hearings and will return to the council one year after it first crossed the council’s desk.
Last August the council supported the proposal from the Forum’s owner, Atlas Point Pty Ltd, despite fears a department store at the Forum would erode retail trade in the CBD.
Atlas Point managing director Steve Cuzens said a department store at the Forum would underpin the viability of the CBD against the rapidly developing competition of Eaton, Treendale and Dalyellup shopping centres.
The council will decide if it supports the Forum’s expansion and if it will ignore the WA Planning Commission which says a department store should be located in the CBD and not the Forum.
The commission’s planning policy dictates department stores should be located within the CBD to protect the city centre’s primacy.
A final decision is expected at next week’s full council meeting.