BOLD PLAN FOR PARK

The Shire of Nar­ro­gin has re­leased a ma­jor rede­vel­op­ment plan of Gnaro­jin Park for pub­lic feed­back.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

A draft mas­ter plan for Gnaro­jin Park has been for­mally adopted by the Shire of Nar­ro­gin, with pub­lic sub­mis­sions for com­ment be­ing ex­tended to 45 days by the coun­cil.

In all, 217 par­tic­i­pants were in­volved with ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion of the draft plan. Fur­ther pub­lic comments will be able to be sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil un­til De­cem­ber 17.

Cur­rently the draft plan aims at im­prov­ing the over­all aes­thet­ics of Gnaro­jin Park, in­stal­la­tion of light­ing through­out the park, greater ac­cess and con­nec­tiv­ity to key use areas, while also putting in mea­sures to im­prove the health of Nar­ro­gin Creek.

Shire of Nar­ro­gin com­mu­nity leisure and cul­ture man­ager Su­san Guy said the mas­ter plan pro­posal had taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the health of the wa­ter­way while also im­prov­ing north to south ac­cess of the park.

“(The plan) in­cludes WSUD (Wa­ter Sen­si­tive Ur­ban De­sign) treat­ment ponds, bank sta­bil­i­sa­tion, re­moval of ex­otic weeds with reveg­e­ta­tion of na­tive and indigenous species to help im­prove wa­ter qual­ity,” she said.

Shire of Nar­ro­gin chief execu- tive Dale Stew­art said he hoped the pro­posed im­prove­ments to Gnaro­jin Park bet­ter links east and west Nar­ro­gin. “At present we have a large void with the Great South­ern High­way, the railway line and Gna- ro­jin Park sep­a­rat­ing east and west,” he said.

Mr Stew­art also said an im­proved park would be en­joyed by vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike.

“There are a num­ber of el­e­ments in the plan that im­prove the aes­thet­ics of the park it­self, while re­tain­ing in­tegrity of the Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural heritage of the site,” he said. “Im­prov­ing the aes­thet­ics, the creek line and el­e­ments within the park it­self will mean that it will be a great place for lo­cals and vis­i­tors to en­joy an at­trac­tive and wel­com­ing place to learn about Nar­ro­gin, to learn about our Abo­rig­i­nal heritage and cul­ture and what Nar­ro­gin as a com­mu­nity and place has to of­fer.”

Im­prov­ing the aes­thet­ics, the creek line and el­e­ments within the park it­self will mean that it will be a great place for lo­cals and vis­i­tors to en­joy an at­trac­tive and wel­com­ing place to learn about Nar­ro­gin.

Dale Stew­art

Pic­tures: Shire of Nar­ro­gin

The key use areas of Gnaro­jin Park and wa­ter­way di­ver­sity.

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