We head into 2020 with the momentum of an exceptionally rewarding year.
I especially look forward to the completion of the Murray River Square and Foreshore redevelopment, the opening of the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre and further trails infrastructure expansion.
Throughout 2020 we will progress strategic planning, environment, heritage, economic development, investment attraction, tourism and place-making projects and initiatives in order to maintain the district’s high-level growth and harness its propensity to become Western Australia’s economic powerhouse and strategic agriculture and jobs hub.
Final designs and costings for Murray’s Agri-Innovation Precinct are expected in the coming months, with construction on track to commence in early to mid-2020, aligning with the delivery of Peel Business Park stage one lots.
Redevelopment works will continue on transforming the Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore in order to create a high quality, vibrant, public space – a focal point for the town.
Aboriginal artwork for the Square and foreshore works including the establishment of the jetty, a stage with associated shelter and amphitheatre, viewing platforms, pathways and lighting will continue into this year with completion expected by mid-year.
The Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment along with efforts to beautify Pinjarra’s main street will be further bolstered by the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation – forecast by Main Roads WA for delivery within the 2023/24 financial year.
This year, Main Roads WA will engage with community members to form a project reference group and we will continue to lobby for the Western Deviation, which includes the extension of Beacham Road, in order to establish a key road link between Pinjarra Road and Greenlands Road through the Pinjarra Light Industrial Area.
Works are swiftly progressing on the transformation of the Dwellingup History and Visitor Centre with building, toilet and car park construction completion expected within the next two months along with installation of Hotham Valley Tourist Railway’s rail turntable.
Landscaping and promenade works will also be undertaken and building fit out works kick-started.
Expression of interest advertising for the development and operation of the bike hire shop, café, laundry and locker components of the building will commence shortly with the opening of the highly anticipated facility expected for mid-2020.
The Shire of Murray will continue to support the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) with the progression of the Dwellingup Adventure Trails project. DBCA are progressing planning, design and construction of new and improved walk, mountain bike, downhill, 4WD and canoe trails and supporting infrastructure as well as the suspension bridge, road sealing in Lane Poole Reserve and branding. Stage one milestone announcements are expected shortly.
For further project information click here.
Our busy 2020 event calendar will kick off with Australia Day celebrations on 26 January, followed by February’s Dwellingup Log Chop and Community Fair, Max Pinjarra, Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival, Anzac Day commemorations and Fairbridge Festival in April as well as the much-loved Pinjarra Festival at the end of May.
Other not-to-be missed events include September’s Dwellingup 100 and Hotham Valley Railway Anniversary Festival, October’s Pinjarra Garden Day and December’s Murray Community Christmas Celebration.
To view Murray’s full event listing click here.
These school holidays I encourage you to take advantage of the Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre’s extended summer trading hours as well as Murray Library’s extensive offering of one-off and regular events – programed all year long.
The opportunities of 2020 for our vibrant district are abundant and I wish our community members a prosperous New Year.