Draft detailed landscape plans for the upgrade of the Minninup Pool foreshore have been met with overall positive feedback and support from the community, as well as some welcomed suggestions for improvements.
The draft drawings were open for comment for over a month with displays in the community library, Shire administration office and recreation centre.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Allison Fergie said the community input was invaluable.
“Thank you to all the people who took the time to provide us with their feedback,” Mrs Fergie said. “Thank you also to the Collie Noongar community with whom the Shire and consultants have been meeting.”
The main aims of the planned improvements are to:
- Improve facilities such as toilets, pathways, seating, bins and lighting;
- Increase facilities such as BBQs, shelters, canoe launch and pop up kiosk areas;
- Improve disabled access to the foreshore;
- Protect the fragile environment and rehabilitate degraded areas;
- Share the significance of the site to the Noongar people and the history of the rowing club through interpretive structures;
- Prevent the spread of litter and human waste on the site; and
- Discourage anti-social behaviour.
Whist a small number of respondent did not want to see any changes to the day use the investigations and reports have found that current visitation was putting pressure on the river and bushland environments and when combined with future planned eco tourist accommodation, the environmental degradation, littering, traffic and antisocial behaviour would increasingly impact on the site unless improvements to the day use facilities were made. There was also a need to recognise the history and cultural importance of the site.
To view the draft plans please go to the
- Shire of Collie website https://www.collie.wa.gov.au/;
- The YourSay website https://yoursay.collie.wa.gov.au/minninup-pool/; or
- Contact Katya Tripp at the Shire on 9734 9000 or email email@example.com.
“The planning project has confirmed that Minninup Pool has extremely significant cultural value for the traditional owners of our land, as well as a very dear place in the hearts of the Collie community,” Shire President Sarah Stanley said.
“Thanks to state government funding, we’ve been able to take a really detailed look at the whole Minninup Pool precinct and collaboratively plan a vision for its future,” Cr Stanley said.
“It has been a fantastic opportunity to recognise the community and cultural significance of the area and to look at how the area can be respectfully used and improved in order to protect it for future generations.”
Mrs Fergie said minor changes would be made to the plans as a result of community feedback, with costings for improvements and stages for implementation recommended for endorsement by Council before being presented back to the community.
This project is made possible through funding from the State Government via local member, the Hon. Mick Murray.
For information on this project, contact Project Officer Katya Tripp on 9734 9000 (Mondays and Thursdays only) or email firstname.lastname@example.org