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Fusion Festival fun

The Shire of Dardanup celebrated Harmony week with a new Fusion Festival event involving a week-long program of cultural activities and events.

Events for adults and children included a Scottish Ceilidh night of dance in Dardanup, lamington-making in Burekup, Vietnamese rice paper roll making and more!

Here is a collection of images from the various events…

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Millar’s Creek Walkway

Users of the Millar’s Creek Walkway in Millbridge, Eaton will encounter works on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 between Chamberlain Grove and Ord Park.

Signs will be in place to create a safety zone around the works and walkers may encounter some footpath closures during this period.

The works aim to provide some separation between the overhead tree canopies as part of an ongoing strategy of maintenance and bushfire mitigation in the area by the Shire of Dardanup.

Gaps in the canopy would slow down movement of any bushfire that occurred in the area.

Residents who live close to bushland are also encouraged to undertake maintenance and measures at their own properties to ensure they are bushfire ready.

You can download a copy of the DFES Homeowners Bushfire Survival Guide via this link.

For more information or enquiries about the works, please phone Operations Manager Nathan Ryder on 9724 0000.

Treendale Bridge opens to traffic

History was made today when barriers came down on the new Treendale Bridge and first traffic crossed the direct vehicle link between Eaton and Australind.

In attendance to cut the ribbon on the bridge were:

  • Member for Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clark representing Transport Minister Rita Saffioti
  • Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray
  • Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett
  • Harvey Shire President Tania Jackson

A Welcome to Country was presented by Noongar elder Lesley Ugle and first to cross the new Bridge was a convoy of emergency services vehicles.

Community interest in progress on the project has been unprecedented and with the job now complete, a key social connection is provided between the two communities along with the additional benefits of faster response times for emergency service vehicles and connection of the commercial precincts.

The new $17 million Treendale Bridge is:

  • 224 metres in length and 14.3m wide
  • Two lanes
  • Constructed of components manufactured in Western Australia.

The Bridge will be re-named at a later date following a consultation process by the Shire of Harvey with indigenous community representatives.

Project Construction Timeline

January, 2017

Sod turning ceremony held at the site and attended by then Transport Minister Bill Marmion

February, 2017

Construction begins by Main Roads contractor BMD Constructions.

June, 2017

Bridge deck starts to take shape

July, 2017

Two sides were linked by construction

September, 2017

Shire of Dardanup releases information on planning for traffic management on Eaton Drive after the bridge opens.

December, 2017

Shire of Dardanup releases spectacular aerials footage of construction zone.

February/March, 2017

Completion of roadworks linking bridge to Millbridge in Eaton and Treendale in Australind.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said suburbs surrounding the new Treendale Bridge were some of the fastest growing areas in Western Australia and achieving this connection between the two was critical to the local road network and interconnectivity of the neighbouring shires.

Mr Bennett also acknowledged the following contributors to the project:

  • The State Government via Main Roads
  • Former Treasurer Troy Buswell who listened to our story, understood the vision and allocated the funding

But that was not without lobbying support from:

  • Hon. Mick Murray MLA, Member for Collie-Preston
  • Former MP Murray Cowper
  • South West Development Commission
  • Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance
  • WA Police and DFES
  • And of course the shires of Dardanup and Harvey.

Other significant contributors to this project that deserve recognition include:

  • Main Roads WA’s handling of the design and contract management
  • Department of Planning Staff in Bunbury
  • Construction of connecting local roads by Engineering Departments at the Shires of Dardanup and Harvey
  • Local property developers
  • Ardross Group,
  • Parkridge Group,
  • Luca Investments,
  • Churches of Christ Homes,
  • NTC Pty Ltd,
  • Newstyle Construction
  • And finally, ratepayers and landowners in the Shire of Dardanup and Shire of Harvey.

Short closure: Foreshore path

Users of the Collie River path at Eaton Foreshore between Solomon Street and Bobbin Street are advised there will be short three-hour closure of the path on Monday, March 19.

The path will be closed between 10.30am and 1.30pm to allow for Shire staff to conduct a drone flight for the purpose of surveying erosion along the Collie River bank.

The survey footage will assist with preparing a plan to combat the erosion.

Alternative route during closure. Click to enlarge.

Timetable: Dardanup & Burekup to Eaton Bus Service

A Tuesday and Saturday public bus service providing a single return trip to Eaton for Dardanup and Burekup residents will start Tuesday,  April 3 for a three-month trial to gauge demand.

The Shire of Dardanup has allocated $13,000 towards the trial to cover items such as the cost of running the bus when passenger numbers are low.


Print Timetable

Passengers will still be required to pay standard fares set by the Public Transport Authority.

According to the PTA website, the trips to Eaton from both towns require travel through two zones with the following fares:

  • K2 two zones: $4.70
  • Concession fares: $1.90
  • Student smartrider: 70c
  • Pension Smartrider Card/WA Seniors Card: Free


  • 10 and 20% discounts are available with Smartrider cards depending the level of credit added.
  • A Seniors Smartrider Card is available to recipients of a carer, aged person or disability support pension. With your Seniors SmartRider you will be able to travel for free on any service at the following times:
    • From first service until 6am
    • From 9am until 3.30pm
    • From 7pm until last service
    • All day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
    • Concession fares at other times

    For free off-peak travel on Monday to Friday, start your journey by tagging on before 6am, after 9.00 am or before 3.30 pm and after 7.00pm.

    Trips scheduled on the Dardanup and Burekup (routes 846 & 847) all qualify for the free fare.

    The Trial:

    If passenger numbers indicate demand for the service during the trial, the Shire of Dardanup would then lobby Public Transport Authority to fund a permanent service.

    Community interest for a rural bus service into Eaton was listed among feedback received during last year’s six-week community consultation process undertaken by the Shire.

    The project is however, not included in Council’s Corporate Business Plan.

    CEO Mark Chester said funding the trial period was considered by council as a worthwhile undertaking and possibly the best way of gauging the true level of community support for the service.

    “We want to make all areas of the Shire accessible and inclusive to all as well desirable places to live,” Mr Chester said.

    “Regular public transport for people living in our more rural areas would go a long way towards achieving these objectives.”