The Dwellingup National Trails Centre building and concept plans, including an entrance “selfie spot”, have been approved by council in a move to boost tourism in the region.
The recommendation was moved unanimously by Murray Shire councillors in the November 22 meeting.
The Trails Centre building will be the centrepiece of the precinct and the meeting point of the Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun tracks.
The building will include a visitors shop, bike hire, kitchen, cafe, alfresco area, laundry, showers, toilets and a bike rack.
It will be complimented by a skate park and pump track, an adventure playground, entertainment stage, additional barbeque and picnic facilities.
The concept plans for the $4.5 million project have been developed by the Dwellingup National Trails Centre Working Party.
The tourism opportunities are huge.Shire President David Bolt
The building will face towards the newly-installed turntable at Hotham Valley Railway, with trains passing adjacent to the building and turning close-by.
Shire President David Bolt said the project was “exciting’.
“It is going to make a big difference for our shire – the tourism opportunities are huge,” he said.
Cr Brenda Beecham moved and Cr Ange Rogers seconded the proposal.
Cr Beecham voiced her support for the “huge” project.
“Lots of work has gone into it and it’s good to see it is going ahead,” she said.
Construction on the Trails Centre is set to begin in February and due to be completed in September, 2019.