Dunsborough’s getting a sea container market

Dunsborough sea container market location. Image supplied.
Dunsborough sea container market location. Image supplied.

City of Busselton council gave their support for a market made from sea containers to be built in the heart of Dunsborough after the proponent resolved concerns from a previous application.

The developer Peter Tyrrell said while it was too early to say when they would start on the build it would likely be October 2018.

Mr Tyrrel said the market would provide incubator opportunities for small businesses that don’t want to be encumbered by high overheads, long leases or expensive setup costs.

“It will be a family friendly destination with good quality food choices at affordable prices,” he said. 

“Local musicians will have a platform to showcase their talent and - although it’s early days - we’d like to have a Friday and Saturday evening market for local producers, artisans and craftspeople.”

It is the third time a development application for the site has gone to council, after being knocked back earlier this year due to concerns about the amenity and noise.

During the last week’s meeting, Mr Tyrrell told the council he went above and beyond to revise the plans, made changes to the appearance and addressed noise concerns.

“It was quite difficult with a fair amount of compromise,” he said.

Changes to the new proposal include a solid metal roof with insulation and a tilt-up wall next to the boundary of the adjoining Bay Village Resort.

City officers recommended the development be given approval for a 10-year period, however councillor Rob Bennett put forward an alternative five year period which was not supported.

Mr Bennett said if the development works in the community then great, and was concerned the market could become derelict if they were unsuccessful.

In his last council meeting, councillor Gordon Bleachmore said he felt that the previous concerns had been dealt with by the proponent and provided certainty to the adjoining business owner.

“It will be a great amenity for Dunsborough,” he said.