Dwellingup: Plans to make Shire of Murray town a national tourist attraction

LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: An artists' impression of the promenade view of the Dwellingup National Trails Centre. The Centre is due to be completed in September next year. Photo: Supplied
LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: An artists' impression of the promenade view of the Dwellingup National Trails Centre. The Centre is due to be completed in September next year. Photo: Supplied

Dwellingup, Murray’s trails town, is the focus of significant tourism development that will harness the adventure town’s full potential, transforming it into a tourist town of national and future international significance. 

A $4.5 million investment is redeveloping the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre into a Trails Centre, a meeting place for all trail users, comprising upgraded facilities including a bike and gift shop, laundry, lockers, ablutions with hot showers, an operator and tours hub and RV vehicle dump point.

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The Trails Centre will be complimented by a skate park and pump track, an adventure playground, entertainment stage, additional barbeque and picnic facilities and improved footpaths and parking.

Project efforts will also better incorporate Dwellingup’s rail trails into the town’s trail offering, through the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway Rail Relocation project component. Works will see to the installation of an 80ft turntable in a prominent location.

The turntable will establish a unique advantage for the town, allowing users to view the trains, as they pass by and turn on the turntable.

The Shire of Murray also propose a minor realignment of the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track to meet at the Trails Centre.

Works on the skate park and pump track will commence in January and conclude in March, while works on the Trails Centre will commence in February for completion in September.

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The project will deliver considerable economic benefit to local businesses through increased visitation, improved employment opportunities and tourism growth for the area. 

The Shire, community and local business are working more collaboratively to bolster town development efforts, with the aim to better equip local businesses as they strive to accommodate increased product and service demand.

A Dwellingup place-making group, primarily responsible for the activation of the town centre through community-driven events and initiatives, has recently been established.

The group will empower the town’s growth in a manner reflective of the community’s aspirations.

The Dwellingup National Trails Centre project is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund and Jobs Fund, Lotterywest, TourismWA, Alcoa, Shire of Murray, Hotham Valley Tourist Railway and Dwellingup Community Association.

Cr. David Bolt is Shire of Murray president