Residents and visitors to Pinjarra will soon enjoy improved recreation opportunities within a revitalised Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore reserve, thanks to a $500,000 Lotterywest grant.
Together with funding from Alcoa and the State Government’s Regional Grant Scheme and Local Projects Local Jobs Grant Scheme, the key amenity will be redeveloped to include shaded seating areas, improved pathways and lighting, a small-scale amphitheatre with stage, public art and Aboriginal interpretation as well as improved water accessibility through the construction of a jetty for non-motorised vessels.
Due diligence is ensuring coordination and integration with associated works and/or proposals for adjoining George Street properties including the Exchange Hotel and Police Station.
Detailed design plans, drawings and costings are being finalised with a view to commencing site preparation in late August and major works in September. The Shire anticipates that most of the works will be completed by Christmas, with some elements continuing into 2020.
Member for Murray-Wellington Mrs. Robyn Clarke MLA, on behalf of the State Government through Lotterywest, was proud to present the grant certificate to Shire of Murray President Cr. David Bolt and CEO Mr. Dean Unsworth.
“The Murray River Foreshore in Pinjarra is a vibrant community area which will become even better with the planned redevelopments.
“As the local member, it is vital that we work closely with our Local Government representatives to prioritise projects that create jobs and opportunities for locals, and this is one of those.
“We are all very excited to see the final result, and look forward to further redevelopment in our local communities,” Mrs. Clark said.
Shire President Cr. David Bolt is most grateful for the support for the community-beneficial project.
“The redevelopment of the Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore will create a high quality, vibrant, public space – a focal point for the town.
“It will enhance the character of Pinjarra, integrate with surrounding sites, encourage activity, longer visitation and a diverse range of formal and informal activities including events in both the square and foreshore areas.
“The redevelopment is a pivotal outcome of the Murray River Foreshore Master Plan, adopted by Council in 2015 and follows widespread consultation with the community undertaken as part of the precinct’s concept planning in 2018,” Cr. Bolt said.