Edendale Heritage Precinct Set to Thrive as an Arts and Cultural Hub

Published on 04 June 2021

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An innovative plan and collaborative efforts are to secure Edenvale Heritage Precinct’s future, as a thriving arts and cultural hub.

At the May Council Meeting, Councillors endorsed the Edenvale Heritage Precinct Place and Activation Plan 2021-2031.

The ten-year strategic and operational plan, which has been informed through engagement with Precinct stakeholders including its user groups and working group as well as the wider community, offers a collective vision for the future of the Precinct.

Through a series of quick wins and medium- and long-term actions, it is set to increase visitation to the Precinct and improve the local economy.

Proposed actions include the creation of regular, one-off and pop-up events, creative and cultural workshops, heritage, art and cultural exhibitions and an artist in residency program.

The creation of a night-time economy is important as are amenity improvements to the gardens, fencing, fixed and moveable furniture, toilets, pathways, shaded areas, signage and the Precinct’s connection with other town centre attractions.

Development of a strong brand and digital presence to promote the Precinct and its activities is also key, as is ensuring that the history of the Precinct is well presented, documented and recorded.

According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the Plan will help create an even greater place that brings people together and will assist with the revitalisation of Pinjarra by strengthening the town’s identity as a heritage and arts destination.

“A collaborative approach to its implementation, involving Precinct user groups, the Shire of Murray, local businesses, volunteers and community members, will be vital for achieving the outcomes of the Plan,” Cr. Bolt said.  

In February 2020, Council endorsed the allocation of $30,000 for the project, with an additional $10,000 secured from Peel Development Commission.

A consultant was engaged to undertake a strategic review of the Precinct, establish a shared vision and develop a plan to facilitate achievement of this vision.

“The Edenvale Heritage Precinct is a well-known Pinjarra landmark comprising historical buildings and cultural offerings.

“It has evolved organically to include clusters of cultural and art activity co-locating within the Precinct.

“While heritage and landscape planning has been undertaken, the Precinct lacked an overarching vision and strategy to maximise visitation.

“The Plan will guide capacity building, positive change, activation, enhance the visitor experience and strengthen grant and funding opportunities.” Cr. Bolt said.

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