MurrE-news 2 September, 2019

MurrE-news 2 September, 2019
August 29, 2019 Katherine Stevens

The Return of the Exchange Hotel

The former Exchange Hotel is on its way to once again become a befitting amenity of Pinjarra’s main street, with a proposal to re-establish the hotel open for public comment, following a decision by Council at its August meeting.

While retaining the building’s heritage components the proposal, submitted by the Strzelecki Group, includes the following key elements:

  • Re-establishment of a hotel from the main building
  • George Street frontage alfresco area and playground
  • Rear beer garden overlooking the foreshore precinct
  • Building expansions to accommodate for a front lounge, dining and back of house activities
  • Provisions for pop-up markets
  • Specialty shops
  • Museum inclusive of the former accommodation section
  • Parking and service areas along the northern driveway

In addition, the proposal further includes the sale of the building portion of the site, excluding the Murray River Square and foreshore land.

The design concept is consistent with the Shire’s endorsed Conservation Management Strategy, meets the requirements of the Exchange Hotel Local Planning Policy and adheres to the selection criteria set out in the initial expressions of interest process.

Council knew that in order to stimulate private investment in the town, support the local economy and activate the surrounding heritage precinct and adjacent foreshore, a quality development outcome for the key site was paramount.

While it has taken a significant period of time to arrive at this point, due diligence was necessary to ensure the right proponent, with a sustainable and befitting proposal was approved to develop the site, in line with Council’s vision and community expectations.

Given the extent of the redevelopment works, Council has prepared a business plan for community consideration, prior to entering into a contract of sale.

To achieve the Shire’s objective of delivering a suitable development outcome within the short-term, a development agreement will be prepared and negotiated with the proponent during this consultation period.

Discussions will also be facilitated with the adjoining landowner to ensure a mutually beneficial outcome is achieved for the design and location of vehicular access.

Once these matters have been addressed and at the close of submissions, a report will be presented back to Council for consideration.

Pending Council’s endorsement as well as necessary industry approvals, construction on the hotel could commence in 2021, with completion anticipated for April 2022.

An economic impact assessment of the proposal estimates the following economic benefits for Murray:

During construction

  • $2.4 million in additional economic output, including $1.3 million directly
  • $1.1 million in gross value add to the Shire, including $500,000 directly
  • $600,000 income and salaries paid to households, including
  • $300,000 directly
    Six full time equivalent jobs, including two FTE direct construction jobs

During operation

  • $2.9 million in annual output, including $1.5 million directly
  • $1.5 million in annual gross value add, including $800,000 directly
  • $900,000 annual income and salaries paid to households, including $500,000 directly
  • 18 FTE jobs, including 13 directly

*Assuming only 50% of turnover is new expenditure in the town

Community feedback will play a vital role in ensuring the development reflects the community’s aspirations and expectations for the key site.

Have your say before Wednesday 9 October, 2019.

Joint Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Murray and Waroona

Already successful resource sharing arrangements were taken to a higher level in August, following a decision by both Councils to appoint a joint Chief Executive Officer. It is anticipated that the collective approach will make both organisations and communities stronger in the long-term, with the role officially commencing on Thursday 12 September – Read More.

Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre Slabs Poured

August saw the commencement of groundworks on the Trails and Visitor Centre including toilet and change room facilities, with concrete slabs poured for each component. Spring sees the commencement of physical building works and completion of necessary parking and drainage modifications. Building works are anticipated to conclude in December enabling landscape works to commence, with the entire project anticipated for completion in February 2020.

Recognition for Aboriginal Child Health Policy Efforts

In early August, the Shire of Murray was recognised at the 2019 Local Government Policy Awards in the category of Aboriginal Child Health. The Shire was acknowledged for commendable strategies specifically supporting the Completing the Circle project, a three part project to address the health and wellbeing of young Aboriginal people living in the district. This year’s Awards received a record number of submissions from 41 Local Governments across the state.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on Thursday 22 August, Council resolved to:

  • Not support the closure of Big Lake – Herron Point Road, Birchmont and its amalgamation into the adjoining Kooljerrenup Nature Reserve and supported the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ intent to more effectively manage the land within the road and nature reserve.
  • Not accept responsibility for periodic dredging of the Peel Inlet – Harvey Estuary, the associated environmental monitoring or management of water quality associated with the proposed Point Grey Marina in the event that the development proceeds. Council further endorsed the Chief Executive Officer to advise the State Government of Council’s refusal.
  • Support the Pinjarra Community Men’s Shed with a short term loan of $20,000, should funding be required to enable the project to progress prior to receiving funding from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. The loan is subject to sighting the executed grant agreement and the funds being repaid to the Shire within eight weeks of the grant’s execution date.
  • Endorse funding of $26,500 to the Yunderup Sport and Recreation Club for the replacement of bowling green two.
  • Support a lease agreement with Friends of Edenvale for the Roger May Museum and Cart Shed building for a period of three years, subject to the Minister for Lands’ prior written consent. Council further approved the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate and determine the general terms, conditions and performance obligations of the lease arrangement and to endorse the agreement.

Read the meeting minutes here.

A rise in mosquito numbers has been observed recently due to an increase in breeding opportunities through pooling water and warmer weather speeding up mosquito larvae growth phases.

The Shire of Murray in partnership with the Peel Mosquito Management Group (PMMG) continue to work together in the management of Murray’s mosquito numbers. Fortnightly helicopter treatments of relevant breeding areas as well as ground treatments will be applied, to prevent large numbers of mosquito larvae from hatching into adult mosquitoes.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes!

  • Wear long sleeve clothing and repellent when outdoors
  • Ensure insect screens are intact
  • Remove unnecessary backyard water storage

For further information click here.

Election Day: Saturday 19 October 

This year there will be five vacant Council positions up for nomination with voting conducted via a postal vote. Ballot packages will reach elector mailboxes from early October.

Current Councillors whose terms will end on 19 October, 2019:

  • Shire President Cr. David Bolt
  • Deputy Shire President Cr. Steve Lee
  • Cr. Ange Rogers
  • Cr. Casey Rose
  • Retired Cr. Maree Reid

Put yourself forward to make a difference in your community!

  • Four Councillors, four year term
  • One Councillor, two year term

Nominations open Thursday 5 September and close 4:00pm Thursday 12 September. For further information and nomination requirements click here.

Rates notices have been delayed and will now be delivered in the week of Monday 9 September.

Civil works currently underway:

  • Paterson Road – Widening works to additional sections of the road
  • Readheads Road – Vegetation clearing and shoulder maintenance

The Handle Bar

This Weekend!

Rally your family and friends for a post-ride cool down at The Handle Bar, Dwellingup 100’s new food zone.

Located adjacent to Dwellingup’s new Skate Park and Pump Track, and trail-side to all the action, settle in for a Thorny Devil craft brew and tuck in to a delicious food truck feed all whilst supporting your fellow competitors still on the trail.