On Saturday 19 January, a revitalised Pinjarra Court House will officially open to the public, offering a creative space for the community to co-work, co-create and co-innovate.
Community members are invited to pop-in to the Court House between 9:00am and 12:00pm to explore the space and learn more about the opportunities available.
To further the celebrations, visitors will enjoy live music and market stalls and there will be complimentary face painting for the kids.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the Court House, a joint initiative between placemaking group Pinjarra Connect and the Shire of Murray, is an ideal venue for creatives, entrepreneurs and small businesses to co-work and host meetings, workshops and community events.
“There is also an area within the facility for “Makers in Residence” allowing artists to produce, display and sell their products,” Cr. Bolt said.
An application process managed by placemaking group Pinjarra Connect will determine the “Makers in Residence” schedule, with facility hire managed by the Shire of Murray.
Applications and bookings will be enabled through the Court House website, which will be launched at the opening.
Pinjarra Connect representative and Jarra Infusion owner Nicole Willis reported that the group looks forward to activating the space for the use and enjoyment of the district.
“Pinjarra has a thriving creative community and having a space available on the main street for its representatives to showcase their works and engage with the public, is a great opportunity.”
The decision to transform the Court House in this contemporary direction was inspired by Pinjarra Connect’s submission in response to an expression of interest process initiated to activate the centrally located amenity. The submission was endorsed by Shire of Murray Councillors at the August 2018 Council Meeting.
Shire President Cr. David Bolt further added that the project is an apt example of the Shire’s commitment to its place-based approach in which Shire officers are working with local groups to empower the growth of their towns and activate town centres through community-driven events and initiatives.
“I encourage the region’s creatives, entrepreneurs and small business owners to utilise the space which now has the potential to not only provide networking and business opportunities but also deliver social and economic benefits for our community,” Cr. Bolt said.
For further information about the Court House, the opening event and to keep up to date with the space follow @thecourthousepinjarra on Facebook or contact the Shire’s Place Development Officer Krystal Dawe on 08 9531 7777.