Plans to Activate Waroona Town Site takes big steps forward

Published on Monday, 5 October 2020 at 10:52:37 AM

PLANS TO ACTIVATE WAROONA TOWN SITE TAKES BIG STEPS FORWARD

Following significant public support through recent community planning workshops, the Shire of Waroona has released a plan to activate the Waroona Town Centre.

The activation of the Town Centre was clearly the highest priority from the community.

The Shires proposal is to secure strategic land in which to develop a high quality Inter-generational Activation Space in the heart of the town.

The proposal is for Council to undertake a low interest loan of $660,000 at 1.8% to secure main street land at 95 South West Highway, and 30 and 34 Fouracre Street and open this up for a high quality community activation space to breathe energy into the main street.  A further low interest $450,000 at 1.8% loan will then be obtained to use as seed funding to help generate external grant funding from external bodies.

Shire President, Cr Mike Walmsley hopes that the community embraces the concept to develop a high quality family space in the middle of the town centre.

“The plan is a once in a generation project that will add significantly to the quality of life for our residents as well as bring visitors to town”.

“Securing the land and having funds that we can lobby other government agencies and bodies such as Lotterywest and the Peel Development Commission is a critical component to making this project a reality”.

“If the community are supportive of the proposal to proceed with this project, a detailed Master Plan will be done which could include things like a regional skate park, pump track, passive recreational space, additional parking, barbeques and seating and the opening up of the South West Highway through to the Fouracre Street reserve and business community”, Cr Walmsley said. 

The Shire will be undertaking further consultation on planning for this space.

“These parcels of land compliment reserves currently controlled by the Shire, such as the old Scout Hall land and adjacent reserves towards the train line, which gives us a considerable area in which to create a space that will be vibrant and help develop a heart in our town where we hope all ages will have a place to rest or recreate.  

“The savings that we have made through our resource sharing with the Shire of Murray more than covers the cost of the loans, which collectively is around $60,000 every year over 20 years”, Cr Walmsley said.

“We are looking at a number of ways to activate and beautify our town, and this is considered Stage 1”.

The public can provide their comments on this proposal by emailing eso@waroona.wa.gov.au, writing to the Shire of Waroona, PO Box 20, Waroona, 6215.

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Submissions on this proposal closes at 5pm on Monday 26 October, 2020.

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