- Five-year strategic plan for Whiteman Park has been finalised
- Plan to guide the park's ongoing use as a major community and tourist centre
- Planning for new community facilities to benefit visitors
Planning and Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher today released the final Whiteman Park Strategic Plan 2017-2021 to guide the ongoing use and enjoyment of the park into the future.
"Whiteman Park is one of the State's leading tourist attractions with more than one million visitors each year and it is important that we have a plan for the park's future that focuses on its best attributes - community access, the environment and heritage," Mrs Faragher said.
"A number of new community facilities will enhance the visitor experience at the park. $100,000 will be made available for detailed planning of a new recreation facility that will be available to youth in the area. The facility is likely to be located on Lord Street near the main entry.
"Accessibility of the park for the wider community is also to be enhanced, with funding to allow detailed planning for a new Changing Places bathroom facility, and an all abilities playground near Mussel Pool, to be delivered by the State Government in partnership with the Pia's Place project and the Touched by Olivia Foundation."
The Minister said that the park could accommodate more visitor services and attractions that aligned with the strategic plan, and an expression of interest would soon be open to businesses.
The strategic plan outlines four key objectives for Whiteman Park:
- provide interconnected meeting places for communities to meet, recreate in and enjoy
- provide improved community access to the park's activities
- create a destination of significance for local and international visitors
- conserve the environment and Whiteman Park's heritage for future generations.
The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is undertaking detailed site investigations to look at the feasibility of developing a parkland cemetery on Marshall Road.
- At 4,000 hectares, Whiteman Park is one of the biggest capital city regional parks in the world and nearly 10 times the size of Kings Park
- The park won the 2016 Major Tourist Attraction gold medal at the WA Tourism Awards
- The draft plan was released for public comment in October 2016 and received 17 submissions
- For more information, visit http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/WhitemanPark
Minister's office - 6552 5300