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The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction (DBCA) reports:

Lake Kepwari

  • On 9 December, Lake Kepwari was successfully opened by the Premier, Minister for Environment and the Member for Collie-Preston. The boating facilities, picnic areas and Burra campground are now open to the public.
  • Site assessment and design of the north campground is continuing, with the expected completion date of April 2022

Wellington National Park Mountain Bike Trails

  • Construction of the Wellington National Park Bike Trails continues to progress, with progress photos shown below:

Wellington Dam Precinct

  • Refinement of the Kiosk re-development concept and consultation with existing leasees is continuing.
  • Request for Tender for the Mega Mural Stairway and Lookout (design and construct) closed on
    16 December 2020.

 Collie River Suspension Bridge

  • The Collie River Suspension Bridge design works are continuing to progress.

Flora/Scenic Road Lookout

  • Minor delays due to the unsuitable ground conditions being encountered during footing excavation. Design engineer has been onsite to inspect and amended design. Construction has re-commenced, and due for completion in mid-January 2021.
  • The sealing of the entire length of Collie Scenic Drive has been completed.
  • Other minor works such as repairing river access tracks to picnic sites and a small car park is continuing.

Wayfinding

  • A community brand launch for the Collie Trails brand (Wambenger Trails) took place on
    13 December 2020 with a community event that aimed to raise awareness and interest in the brand.
  • The brand launch event was run in close cooperation with the Collie business community.
  • A wayfinding report has been commissioned to improve signs and wayfinding in and around Collie.
  • The first draft of the wayfinding report has received comment from key stakeholders including the Shire of Collie. Recommendations and priority actions from the report will be rolled out once agreed with Shire of Collie.
  • A photo and video shoot was undertaken in partnership with Collie River Valley Marketing.
    Photos highlight new trails, businesses and the nature and culture of Collie. Photos and videos will be used in marketing, websites and will be made available to businesses to use to promote Collie as a tourism and trails destination. Over 900 photos are available.
  • Road and gravel cycling routes are being developed by ‘Crank n Cycles’ (Collie). Maps and guides will be developed for these routes.
  • A new Arklow trails map has been developed and will be available at the brand launch.
  • Digital screens are ready to be installed in two locations in Collie. The screens will highlight what is happening with the trails project and show photos of progress, business opportunities and visitor feedback/photos. Screens were installed in two shop fronts on the week of 14 December 2020.
  • Bike service stands will be installed in Collie and at trail head locations around Collie.
  • A Collie Wayfinding and Storytelling mobile app is in development. The app features all of the trails in and around Collie and also all the attractions. The first version of the app will be ready for release in late December. More content will be added to the app, including the Mural trail with video, audio and photos at each stopping point.
  • Promotional Wambenger Trails pull up banners and flags have been produced for use at openings and events.
  • DBCA and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries are working with the Shire of Collie and Trails WA on ‘Trail Town’ accreditation for Collie.
  • DBCA’s Senior Project Officer Rod Annear is presenting details and progress of the Collie Trails project to the Collie Shire Council meeting on 15 December 2020.
  • DBCA is participating in and helping coordinate a Trail and Tourism Readiness forum for local businesses to be held at the Collie Golf Course on 16 December 2020.
  • A Landscope article, ‘Not the Collie you know’, was published in the Summer 2020-21 edition. A copy is provided at Attachment 1