Bunbury, Western Australia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (October 2008) This article is about the city of Bunbury. For the local government area, see City of Bunbury. Bunbury Western Australia Population: 66,117 (2009) [1 ] ( 27th) • Density: 396/km² (1,025.6/sq mi) Established: 1836 Area: 138.7 km² (53.6 sq mi) Time zone: AWST ( UTC+8) Location:
  • 175 km (109 mi) SSW of Perth
  • 108 km (67 mi) S of Mandurah
  • 52 km (32 mi) NE of Busselton
  • 47 km (29 mi) SW of Harvey
  • 39 km (24 mi) NW of Donnybrook
Region: South West State District:
  • Bunbury
  • Collie-Preston
  • Murray-Wellington
Federal Division: Forrest Coordinates: 33°20′24″S 115°38′31″E  /  33.34°S 115.642°E  / -33.34; 115.642 The port city of Bunbury is the third largest city in Western Australia after the State Capital Perth and Mandurah. It is situated 175 kilometres (109 mi) south of Perth's central business district (CBD). The port services the farming and timber industries of the south west originally connect via an extensive rail network. Bunbury was the birth place of Western Australia's first Premier and explorer John Forrest. Contents
  • 1 Geography
  • 2 History
    • 2.1 Rail transport
    • 2.2 Bunbury Historical Society's King Cottage Museum
    • 2.3 Lord Forrest
  • 3 Transport
  • 4 Description
  • 5 Suburbs
  • 6 Media
    • 6.1 Radio
    • 6.2 Television
    • 6.3 Newspapers
  • 7 Notable people from Bunbury
  • 8 Climate
  • 9 See also
  • 10 Photo Gallery
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links
[ edit] Geography Bunbury is situated 175 kilometres south of Perth, near the mouth of the Collie River at the southern end of the Leschenault Inlet, which opens to Koombana Bay and the larger Geographe Bay which extends southwards to Cape Naturaliste. [ edit] History The first registered sighting of Bunbury was by French explorer Captain Louis de Freycinet from his ship the Casuarina in 1803. He named the area Port Leschenault after the expedition's botanist, Leschenault de la Tour. The bay was named Geographe after another ship in the fleet. In 1829, Dr Alexander Collie and Lieutenant Preston explored the area of Bunbury on land. Later Lieutenant Governor Sir James Stirling visited the area and a military post was established. The area was renamed Bunbury by the Governor in recognition of Lieutenant Henry William St. Pierre Bunbury (1812–75), who developed the very difficult inland route from Pinjarra to Bunbury. [2 ] [ edit] Rail transport See also: Wollaston, Western Australia#Transport The Pinjarra to Picton Junction railway line was completed in 1893, connecting Bunbury to Perth, and also to the coal and mineral deposits and agricultural areas to the north and east. The famous railway roundhouse and marshalling yards located at what is now Bunbury Centrepoint shopping centre were a vital service centre for the steam engines of the day. The train station served as the terminal for the longest lasting named service in Western Australia - the Australind passenger train between Perth, transporting its first passengers on 24 November 1947 and connecting to a newly established bus network distributing passengers all over the South West. By 1983, the railway into the city (closely following Blair Street's alignment) was considered an eyesore by the local council and developers, who wished to take advantage of the newly elected Burke Labor government's pledges to make Bunbury an alternative city to Perth. [ citation needed ] A new station was constructed at Wollaston 4 km to the southeast, and the last train to use the old station departed Bunbury on 28 May 1985 with the new terminal commencing operations the following day. The railway land was then sold and Blair Street realigned. The Australind passenger service was then substantially upgraded in 1987. At present there are two departures and two arrivals at Wollaston every day of the week. The former train station is now the Bunbury Visitor Centre and is the main bus station for Bunbury City Transit services. It is also a stop for Transwa and South West Coach Lines bus services. [ edit] Bunbury Historical Society's King Cottage Museum King Cottage was built around 1880 by Henry King and was owned by his family until 1923 when it was sold to the Carlson family. In 1966 it was purchased by the City of Bunbury and subsequently leased to the Bunbury Historical Society. The rooms of the cottage are furnished to fit the period from the 1880s to the 1920s. The artifacts displayed are part of the Society's collection reflecting the way of life for a family in Bunbury during that period. [3 ] [ edit] Lord Forrest Statue Dedicated to John Forrest with the inscription Lord Forrest PC GCMC Explorer Statesman 1847-1918 Main article: John Forrest The first Baron Forrest of Bunbury,(Lord Forrest) was to be the title bestowed on Bunbury born John Forrest, who was the first Premier of Western Australia, explorer and surveyor of Western Australia. Leading three expeditions the first in search of Ludwig Leichhardt, two expeditions to Adelaide the first surveying the route of Edward John Eyre across the Nullarbor Plain, the second from Geraldton to the overland telegraph line between Adelaide and Darwin in search of pastoral land in the interior of Western Australia. [4 ] [5 ] In 1890 when Western Australia gained rite to self rule from Brittan, Forrest was elected unopposed to the seat of Bunbury in the Legislative Council and was appointed as the first Premier of Western Australia. Forrest government embarked on a large scale public works expansion under the direction of engineer C. Y. O'Connor including the building of Fremantle harbour and the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. On the 13th February 1901 Forrest resigned as Premier of Western Australia and member for Bunbury so he could contest the seat of Swan in the first federal election. On 29 March 1901 Forrest was elected to first Australian Parliament where he remained until he resigned due to cancer in March 1918. [4 ] [5 ] On 6 February 1918, Forrest was informed that he was to be raised to the British peerage as Baron Forrest of Bunbury in the Commonwealth of Australia and of Forret in Fife in the United Kingdom. Forrest died 2 September 1918 while travelling to London, to receive treatment and hoping to take his seat in the House of Lords. However no Letters patent were issued before his death, so the peerage was not officially created. According to Rubinstein (1991), "his peerage is not mentioned or included in Burke's Peerage, The New Extinct Peerage, the Complete Peerage, or any other standard reference work on the subject." [4 ] [5 ] [ edit] Transport Transwa provides rail and coach services: Australind train, GS3, SW1 and SW2 to Bunbury and services south from Bunbury and South West Coach Lines provides coach services to and from Bunbury. Town services are run by Bunbury City Transit with 11 routes. [ edit] Description The main street of Bunbury The local government of the City of Bunbury has a population of 32,499. Bunbury has sister-city relationships with Setagaya, Japan, and Jiaxing, China. In 2007 Bunbury was recognised as Australia's fastest growing city for 2005/06 period by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). [6 ] [7 ] Bunbury's climate is similar to that of Western Australia's capital Perth. Bunbury Bunbury's lighthouse and Marlston Hill's lookout tower Location: Western Australia Height: meters Focal Height: Metres Intensity: cd Range: nautical miles The Bunbury Tower, often called the "Milk Carton" for its distinctive shape and blue-and-white colours, is the major feature of the city centre's skyline. It was built in 1983 by businessman Alan Bond. Also prominent are the old lighthouse and lookout tower in the Marlston Hill district, which has been a focus of the city's cultural and commercial growth since the late 1990s. Bunbury is the home of the Golden West Network, a regional television network broadcasting to the state of Western Australia. GWN had its origins in Bunbury as Channel 3 in the late 1960s, and then purchased other stations from Kalgoorlie and Geraldton, as well as launching a satellite service in 1986 to form the current network. Bunbury houses the network headquarters and production facilities, with the Channel 3 transmitter located at Mount Lennard approximately 25 km to the east. Regional television station WIN can also be received in Bunbury. WIN Television maintains an office and news bureau, however the station itself is based in Perth. Recently a new hotel residential complex was built overlooking the estuary. The foundations and main building are built upon an old grain silo. [ citation needed ] On 11 November 2008, Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Office was established to boost business opportunities between the two regions by assisting with communications and facilitating trade. The office is currently operated by Chenxi (Edwin) Zhuang, who is born and raised in Jiaxing and came to Australia to study his Bachelor of Business degree. [ edit] Suburbs
  • Bunbury
  • Carey Park
  • College Grove
  • Dalyellup
  • Davenport
  • East Bunbury
  • Gelorup
  • Glen Iris
  • Mangles
  • Marlston Hill
  • Millbridge
  • Pelican Point
  • Picton
  • South Bunbury
  • Stratham
  • Usher
  • Vittoria
  • Withers
  • Wollaston
[ edit] Media [ edit] Radio AM band
  • 6EL 621 kHz AM - Easy Listening format. Different to its Easy Listening Network partners in the Eastern states. Has local advertising. Will soon becoming a part of the The Spirit Network.
  • ABC South West 684 kHz AM - News, talk and sport. Broadcasts breakfast and morning programs from Bunbury.
  • Radiowest 963 kHz AM - Adult Contemporary for the 40+, with news feeds and sport from 6PR in Perth. Mostly 60s, 70s, & 80s (which in turn is part of the LocalWorks network).
  • Vision Radio Network 1017 AM - Christian praise and worship music and talk.
  • 6MM 1116 kHz AM- Easy Listening Format from Mandurah
  • ABC Radio National 1224 kHz AM - Speciality talk and music.
FM band
  • ABC Classic FM 93.3 MHz FM - Classical music.
  • Triple J 94.1 MHz FM - Alternative music.
  • Hot FM 95.7 MHz FM - Hit Music.
  • 96.5 Harvey Community Radio
  • 97.3 Coast FM
[ edit] Television
  • ABC TV 107.75 MHz FM - Generalist TV network.
  • GWN 91.75 MHz FM - Generalist TV network.
  • WIN Television - Generalist TV network
  • SBS - Generalist TV network
[ edit] Newspapers Bunbury Herald, South Western Times and Bunbury Mail [ edit] Notable people from Bunbury
  • Paul Barnard, AFL footballer for Essendon Football Club, played in 2000 Premiership [8 ]
  • Murray Goodwin, Zimbabwe, Western Australia and Sussex cricketer [9 ]
  • John Forrest, First Premier of Western Australia and cabinet minister in Australia's first parliament
  • Troy Elder, Australian field hockey player
  • Natalie Barr, current Sunrise news presenter
  • Barry Shepherd, Australian cricketer
  • Aristos Papandroulakis, television Surprise Chef
  • Sara-Marie Fedele, popular Australian Big Brother 1 housemate
  • Leon Baker, AFL footballer for Essendon Football Club, played in 1984 and 1985 Premierships [10 ]
  • Adam Hunter, West Coast Eagles AFL player [11 ]
  • Bob Maumill, 882 6PR radio presenter
  • Mark Worthington, South Dragons NBL Player
  • Kyle Reimers, Essendon Football Club AFL Player
  • Neville Jetta, Melbourne Football Club AFL Player
  • Jamie Bennell, Melbourne Football Club AFL Player
[ edit] Climate Bunbury has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen classification Csb) with warm summers and mild winters. Climate data for Bunbury, Western Australia Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average high °C (°F) 29.2 (85) 29.8 (86) 27.6 (82) 23.9 (75) 21.0 (70) 18.4 (65) 17.3 (63) 17.3 (63) 18.3 (65) 20.6 (69) 24.2 (76) 27.0 (81) 22.9 (73) Average low °C (°F) 15.0 (59) 15.6 (60) 14.1 (57) 11.6 (53) 9.6 (49) 8.1 (47) 7.2 (45) 7.5 (46) 8.5 (47) 9.1 (48) 12.0 (54) 13.4 (56) 11.0 (52) Precipitation mm (inches) 11.0 (0.43) 6.2 (0.24) 16.8 (0.66) 37.2 (1.46) 98.2 (3.87) 147.9 (5.82) 151.2 (5.95) 123.5 (4.86) 79.5 (3.13) 35.2 (1.39) 20.9 (0.82) 16.8 (0.66) 737.9 (29.05) Source: [12 ] [ edit]