Shire to play the long game on Gnaro­jin Park plan­ning

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

Shire of Nar­ro­gin chief ex­ec­u­tive, Dale Stew­art be­lieves pa­tience is a virtue when it comes to the Gnaro­jin Park master plan.

The coun­cil for­mally adopted a draft master plan of the park and ex­tended the pub­lic com­ment and sub­mis­sion pe­riod to 45 days at the last coun­cil meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 24.

The draft master plan cost the Shire of Nar­ro­gin $30,000, divvied over the 2017-18 and 2018-19 bud­gets.

The Shire of Nar­ro­gin ex­pects $6.8 mil­lion will have to be spent to re­alise the cur­rent draft, and could take over 10 years to make a re­al­ity de­pend­ing on fund­ing and grants.

“Ob­vi­ously $6.8 mil­lion is a large sum for the coun­cil, even though it could be staged over 10 or more years,” Mr Stew­art said.

“The re­al­ity is we are try­ing to max­imise grant op­por­tu­ni­ties, both State and Fed­eral. That might be Lot­tery­west lo­cally, that could be grant rounds through de­vel­op­ment com­mis­sions, Roy­al­ties for Re­gions ap­pli­ca­tions through the Gov­ern­ment.

“Or through ap­pli­ca­tions Fed­er­ally such as Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund.”

Mr Stew­art said it would take a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion for a large por­tion of the master plan un­til the coun­cil could an­tic­i­pate a re­al­is­tic com­ple­tion date.

With a long process and large price ahead of the de­vel­op­ment for Gnaro­jin Park, Mr Stew­art is en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to get in­volved.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one in­ter­ested in the park to down­load the doc­u­ment from our web­site, or view it at the li­brary or Shire of­fice, and help en­sure that the fi­nal plan is what our com­mu­nity sees as the fu­ture for the park,” he said.

Pic­ture: Shire of Nar­ro­gin

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