Bunbury lacks contemporary transportation and commuting methods. There is no plan to say that there will be a Very fast passenger train between Bunbury and Perth and indeed there are no plans for any light rail in Bunbury.
Within five to 10 years Bunbury will become one of the most congested cities in Australia and even with the outer ring road that would have been operational for about five years by then the roads leading into and out of Bunbury will be heavily congested.
It is a well-known fact that cities throughout the world grew by constructing railway lines whereby houses and units could be built surrounding the railway lines.
By 2030 the Greater Bunbury Regional Area will have a population base of 208,476 people and when you include other shires such as Collie, Nannup, Bridgetown, Donnybrook-Balingup, Augusta Margaret River, Busselton, Boyup Brook, Manjimup, Capel, Dardanup and Harvey the population by 2030 will be around 385,664 persons.
Finally, tourists should be contributing towards the city’s income however this can’t be done if there is very little accommodation to cater for tourists, and then Bunbury wonders why tourist venture further south where accommodation for tourists is appropriate.
The City Bunbury will never reach its full potential until its rail infrastructure is improved and a light rail system prioritised catering for Eaton, Australind, Dalyellup, Usher, and South Bunbury.