Council construction in Dunsborough has left local businesses “bitterly disappointed” after they were “not consulted” prior to project commencement and have been left suffering as a result. Last month, the City of Busselton began construction on the Dunsborough Town centre closing off a busy portion of Naturaliste Terrace to reconstruct roads, replace pavements and a water main, and add new landscaping to the area. In an area populated by many small businesses, the interrupted foot and vehicle traffic is causing businesses to be “heavily impacted” claiming they “weren’t aware” of what was coming. Owner of popular Dunsborough bar Bungalow Social Josh Hill said the severity of the closures were a complete surprise. “We arrived at work and the site fencing at that point was right across our entranceway and at that point, we hadn’t been consulted,” he said. “We hadn’t really been told the extent of the works . . . basically the way they’ve done it is they’ve cut off the town centre from the surrounding area so we’re sort of stuck out here.” While the City of Busselton has been in consultation with businesses directly impacted by the developments since 2019, Mr Hill believes the “poorly executed” signage in the area is making it hard to attract business to “peripheral” businesses such as his. “I can’t help but feel that work should have been sort of staged in a way that maintains some suitable access, there’s been a lot of people kind of wandering down the street getting lost, we get phone calls all day, saying people are lost and can’t find their way through. “I really feel like they should have thought about the alternative access ways before they actually blocked everything off. “It needs to be idiot proof.” He said business has taken a blow of 20 per cent since construction began, with other businesses claiming an impact of 50-70 per cent, a fearful number with school holidays rapidly approaching. Earlier this week Mr Hill met with members from the City of Busselton and commended them for their apologies and “positive” response to his feedback. City of Busselton director of engineering and works Oliver Darby said the City is looking into resolutions for the impacted businesses. “All businesses with works at their business frontage or car park were formally notified of construction and provided with the opportunity to discuss face to face,” he said. “The City is investigating opportunities for pedestrian detour route lighting and will be installing additional pedestrian directional signage around pedestrian detours. “In addition an overview map will be produced to highlight the pedestrian detour between Hannay Lane and the businesses on Naturaliste Terrace to the north of Dugalup Brook.” The project is expected to be complete ahead of the upcoming summer period.