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The board was briefed by Subcon on 18 October 2021 who advised the initial budgeted cost of $32m had increased to $49m.

We’re informed by Subcon that the main reason for the cost increase is due to :

i. Complex design

ii. Increases in materials costs, labour hire and freight costs

Subcon were internally pricing the project as design evolved to 80% and the price is informed by a number of subcontractor’s pricing. 

Of 7,000 Jetty visitors surveyed over the past 3-years, the greatest request was for food and beverage at the end of Jetty. This project will cater for the south-west community, new visitors, and repeat visitors who want a new experience over the ocean 1.8km out to sea.

The Board of Management is considering all of its options, but the primary objective is to keep the AUDC project alive and deliver it in the near future as intended.

a. Jetty maintenance costs and oversight of the Jetty Maintenance Reserve is the responsibility of the City of Busselton.

b. Currently, the licence fee that BJI pays and the foreshore lease revenues make up the annual contributions into the maintenance reserve. There is a small rate payer contribution into the reserve also. The aim of the AUDC project was to cover the ratepayer cost and ensure that ticket sales paid for ongoing maintenance and preservation of the Busselton Jetty.


Over the past 4-years, we have been trialling and testing new ideas, so we know what works – Underwater Observatory Winter Tours using virtual reality, Mermaid Tours, Underwater Dining, Sunset Tours, Celebrity Chef Dinners, Marine Education and Helmet Walks are all proving very popular and link in with WA Tourism and Tourism Australia priorities. This information and market testing have contributed to a strong business case including cost/benefit analysis and economic impact assessment that demonstrates approximately 1,000 local jobs will be created through the Village and AUDC build.

The new attraction at the end of the Jetty will bring new people to Busselton to dine over the water and then stay in Busselton. Visitors will spend money at local businesses thereby resulting in indirect economic benefits to the region.

The Village will have 7 new toilets and 2 showers.

Plans for the food and beverage zone will be environmentally friendly cups and plates and visitors will be encouraged to buy keep cups. No plastics. Waste will be transported to shore by BJI, the same as Underwater Observatory and Interpretive Centre waste is transferred now.

The Village won’t affect Fishing as it is past the Underwater Observatory gates which is a designated marine sanctuary and already a no fishing zone;

The Village has had 12-months of structural engineering work and will be built same as the Underwater Observatory and Interpretive Centre to withstand 1 in 100-year storms;

56.5% of this project is funded by Busselton Jetty Inc – the not for profit community group that runs operations on the Jetty, 33% by Grants and 9% by the Private Sector.