Fact Sheet


That area of land bounded by Parkfield St, Money St, Samson Rd and Brend-Tor St, Bunbury..


May 2005

Tornado mortally damaged the Cathedral and severely damages Parish House.


June 2005

Pope Benedict XVI expresses his sympathy for the people of Bunbury for the loss of the Cathedral, and imparts his Apostolic Blessing


July 2005

Cathedral demolished and $4.1 million insurance payout received.


August 2005

The Most Reverend Gerard J Holohan consults parishioners and the wider community on the new Cathedral.


August 2005

Liturgical Consultant appointed.


September, 2005

Surveyor commissioned to undertake a Feature Site survey of the Bunbury precinct.


October 2005

Town Planner commissioned to undertake a Site Analysis of the precinct


November 2005

Three Architects commissioned to develop conceptual Master Plans of the precinct


December 2005

Consultation meetings with Bunbury parishioners held on the future Cathedral. Work begins on developing a draft architectural brief.


February 2006

Marcus Collins appointed architect of the new Cathedral


May 2006

Commemorative video of St Patrick’s Cathedral released


June 2006

Consultation meeting with Bunbury parishioners and architect


October 2006

State Government grants $2.5 million


November 2006

Federal Government grants $5.0 million


May 2007

Site master plan released


October 2007

Quantity Surveyor appointed


November 2007

Artist Impressions of Cathedral precinct released.


November 2007

Structural Engineer and Electrical Engineer appointed


February 2008

Development Application approved by the City of Bunbury


April 2008

Geotechnical Survey of the site undertaken


April 2008

Fundraising Compaign launched


June 2008

Site works commence with the clearing and preparation of the site


July 2008

Repair work begins on the storm and fire damage to the heritage listed ‘Parish House’


September 2008

Work commences on constructing the retaining walls


November 2008

Building plans submitted to Council


February 2009

Internationally acclaimed artist Robert Juniper appointed to design the Cathedral Windows


March 2009

Tenders to out for the rebuilding of the Cathedral precinct


April 2009

Perkins Builders awarded the building contract


May 2009

Building licence issued and construction begins


June 2009

Excavations of below ground areas begin


July 2009

First footings poured to the Crypt and Bell Tower


August 2009

Footings laid for the Parish Hall


The Project Team


Marcus Collins and Associates


Construction Manager

Perkins Builders


Quantity Surveyors

Wilde and WoollardPty Ltd


Structural Engineer

GHD Pty Ltd


Electrical Engineer

Engineering Technology Consultants Pty Ltd


Hydraulic Engineer

Hydraulics Design Australia


Geotechnical Engineer

Golder Associates Pty Ltd


Acoustics Consultants

Gabriels Environmental Design Pty Ltd


Mechanical Engineers

Lincolne Scott Consulting Engineers


Liturgical Consultant

Fr Russell Hardiman PhD


Consulting Surveyor

BSO Development Consultants


Consulting Town Planners

Thompson McRobert Edgeloe


Project Manager

Diocesan Resources Committee (DRC)


Other Facts

Precinct Area:

13,180 m2 (3.26 acres)


Seating Capacity:

Nave 500; Baptistry 50; Blessed Sacrament Chapel 50: Gallery 280



40 metres



38.5 metres



20 metres


Car park:

Up to 134 cars