New arts hub? Expressions of interests open for iconic Pinjarra Courthouse

Hopes for Pinjarra Court House to become a new arts and culture hub. Photo: Supplied.
Hopes for Pinjarra Court House to become a new arts and culture hub. Photo: Supplied.

Expressions of interest for the use or lease of the iconic Pinjarra Courthouse have opened and the Shire of Murray have conveyed their hopes to reactivate the dormant building. 

The Shire of Murray have urged community clubs, arts and craft groups, business operators or individuals with an innovative and a community focus to contact them. 

Expressions of interests are now open and will close on July 27.

Shire of Murray chief executive officer Dean Unsworth said the local government was “ideally” seeking an outcome that would activate the property and adjoining streetscape and renders the inside of the building accessible to the public.

“Proponents will need to demonstrate that the use of the building will be of social and cultural benefit to the community,” Mr Unsworth said.

The overall lease area is 271 metres squared, including an enclosed rear courtyard and amenities.

The Pinjarra Courthouse is prominently located in the central part of George Street – the town’s main street, opposite the Pinjarra Junction Shopping Centre and close to the Murray River Square and foreshore.

Pinjarra is currently the focus of significant revitalisation efforts and will benefit over the next few years from substantial planned public investment in streetscapes, community buildings, public spaces and an improved river foreshore, all aimed at enhancing the popularity and attractiveness of town.

The main street of the town forms part of the South Western Highway, a key linkage from Perth to the regional city of Bunbury and the state’s popular South West region.

Further information regarding the property and application process is available from the Shire of Murray’s website www.murray.wa.gov.au or by contacting the shire’s planning and sustainability director Rod Peake on (08) 9531 7730 or at rodp@murray.wa.gov.au.

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal with the Shire before submission.

The property can be viewed by appointment.