Drakesbrook Weir upgrade works underway

Published on Monday, 24 October 2022 at 10:47:59 AM

24 October 2022


A new nature playground at the Drakesbrook Weir is set to enhance a series of upgraded visitor facilities at the popular Waroona waterway.

The improvements – which will also include landscaping elements, an expanded grassed area, pathways, car parking and upgrade of the toilet block – were part of a Peel Regional Trails State Government election funding contribution of $800,000.


Work on power supply, lighting, electric barbeques and reticulation has already been completed, with the upgrade of the toilet block set to commence next week. A community artwork mural project will adorn the adjoining walls and barbeques and will be led by local artists in the New Year.


The funding also includes the commencement of early-stage planning for the Waroona Lakes Dual Use trail that will connect Drakesbrook Weir with Waroona Dam for hikers and bike riders.


Waroona Shire President Mike Walmsley said the improved amenities at Drakesbrook Weir will be appreciated by both locals and visitors.


“As part of the integrated irrigation system, the Drakesbrook Weir was the district’s first established irrigation dam built to support a flourishing dairy and horticulture industry. It has provided a great model of use for both recreation and food production,” Cr Walmsley said.


“It’s important to the community as it collects overflow water from Waroona Dam, as well as being a source of water for livestock and crops. However, most people know Drakesbrook Weir as the place to fish for rainbow trout, redfin perch and marron!” Cr Walmsley said.


He added that Drakesbrook Weir is also a very popular spot for water sports, swimming, picnicking, trails and events, with many thousands of people visiting each year.


“The new playground and picnic spaces will encourage families to stay longer and return more often, providing a boost to tourism in Waroona,” Cr Walmsley said.


Go2Group has been engaged to undertake the upgrade works, while the landscape design has been awarded to EPCAD, a company that is also delivering the Waroona Community Precinct design.


During the coming months, visitors are asked to use the temporary toilets provided while the toilet block is fenced and closed for renovation. The toilet upgrade works are planned to be completed by the end of the year, followed by landscaping, parking and the nature playground during 2023.


Visitor information on Drakesbrook Weir can be found on the Shire of Waroona website: https://www.waroona.wa.gov.au/visit-waroona/what-to-do/parks-lakes-beaches.aspx

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