'Hub in the hinterland': Facelift for Waroona another step closer

LOOKING AHEAD: Waroona shire chief executive Dean Unsworth, Cr Laurie Snell, Lotterywest commissioner Kingsley Dixon, Murray-Wellington MP Robyn Clarke, shire president Mike Walmsley and Cr Vince Vitale.
LOOKING AHEAD: Waroona shire chief executive Dean Unsworth, Cr Laurie Snell, Lotterywest commissioner Kingsley Dixon, Murray-Wellington MP Robyn Clarke, shire president Mike Walmsley and Cr Vince Vitale.

Plans to create a community precinct in the Waroona town centre are another step closer, thanks to a $450,000 Lotterywest grant.

Shire president Mike Walmsley, said the local community had thrown its support behind the project and was keen to seen Waroona undergo a facelift.

"The Shire has a bold vision for revitalising Waroona and the community precinct will start to bring the town to life," he said.

The precinct will include a playground, nature play areas, skate park, pump track, outdoor and undercover event spaces, gathering areas for family and community events, and amenities to ensure a welcoming, comfortable and accessible place to enjoy.

The precinct will provide an attractive and vibrant parkland feel that will link the town centre from the South Western Highway to Fouracre Street, which is well-known for its magnificent trees and relaxed country feel.

Murray-Wellington MP Robyn Clarke visited Waroona on Friday to make the funding announcement, which was enthusiastically received by Cr Walmsley and chief executive Dean Unsworth.

Mr Unsworth said just over $3million has been secured for the project, with refinement of the overall concept plans now in progress.

"The Lotterywest grant is a substantial contribution to the overall project, which will be a fantastic asset and facility for Waroona locals and visitors alike.

"Waroona is a terrific 'hub in the hinterland' and we are keen to link areas for active and passive recreation and events with RV parking, local businesses and amenities that will be a drawcard for visitors to stop, stay and spend in our town," he said.

Earlier in 2021, the state government committed $1.3m towards the community precinct and other contributions have been confirmed from the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund, Shire of Waroona, Lions Club of Waroona, and from fundraising efforts of local young people. The Shire is also seeking federal government support for the precinct and other town centre revitalisation initiatives.

Construction is planned to begin in early 2022.