Work has formally commenced on a project that will transform Dwellingup into a tourism town of national significance.
The Dwellingup National Trails Centre project has been in the development stage for the past twelve months with significant planning and consultation undertaken.
Site preparation has now commenced for the first project component, the relocation of the rail triangle and the implementation of a new train turntable, through a partnership between the Shire of Murray, Dwellingup Community Compact and Hotham Valley Railway.
The works are anticipated to conclude mid 2018 which will then allow for the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre to be extended and transformed into a Trails Centre with additional toilets and hot showers as well as a supplementary skate park, pump park, adventure playground, entertainment stage, additional barbeque and picnic facilities and significant upgrades to parking, pathways and signage.
Realignment of the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun track through the town to meet at the Trails Centre, is also proposed.
The building and rail works are possible due to the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the project is an example of how groups working together can realise great outcomes.
“I am thrilled to announce that initial works have started on this consequential project that will create numerous jobs and position Dwellingup on the national trails and tourism map”.
“The cooperation the Shire has enjoyed from Dwellingup Community Compact, Peel Development Commission, Departments of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Forest Heritage Centre, Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation and Alcoa, has been outstanding”.
“I particularly appreciate Hotham Valley Railway’s support, significant time allocated and willingness to have new rail lines built and the rail platform refurbished, which has allowed the entire precinct to be activated”.
Dwellingup Community Compact Chair Mr. Peter White says that the project will maximise Dwellingup’s natural assets as well as the attraction of Hotham Valley Railway and turn Dwellingup into a truly unique tourism experience.
“The community is very excited to see such positive progress, which will lead to a sustainable economy for our town,” Mr White said.
Dwellingup Community Compact and the Shire of Murray invite comment on the Dwellingup National Trails Centre and Green Precinct Project.
According to Cr. Bolt, the draft key element concepts are close to final Master Plan after a long process of both community and stakeholder consultation, however further comment is sought to ensure the project is fully aligned with the communities expectations.
The documents can be viewed at www.dwellingupwa.com.au and comments should be sent to: The Secretary, Dwellingup Community Compact, C/-PO Box, Dwellingup WA 6213 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comment period closes Thursday 18 January 2018.