South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today announced the completion of plans for a $1million makeover to the town of Yarloop giving the green light for work to start on the first stage of revitalising the town.
“The State has invested $100,000 in developing this plan to get work started on the first stage,” Mr Marlborough said.
The Minister was in Yarloop to launch the new Yarloop Townscape Strategy, which was funded by the State Government, and undertaken by the Shire of Harvey.
“With the support of corporate sponsorships and other funding organisations the whole strategy can be delivered by 2010,” he said.
The new townscape plan recommends a $1million upgrade of facilities in the town and includes new themed signage, entry statements to the town, new picnic shelters and barbeques, landscaping and a new railway station complex.
“Part of the aim is to encourage some of the millions of people who travel down the South Western Highway each year, particularly tourists, to stop and enjoy the atmosphere and heritage of Yarloop,” Mr Marlborough said.
Stage One of the project will see major landscaping work in the town centre, including the development of an arboretum, painted character posts and unique heritage themed signage and seating.
Stage Two includes a new $300,000 railway station facility, creation of a skate track, a new rotunda on the Village Green, and an extension to the existing Heritage Walk Trail.
The long-term plan will provide for improved car parking facilities, and a typical worker’s family cottage to be opened to the public as a community asset.
Mr Marlborough said the revitalisation of Yarloop was part of an ongoing urban renewal process by the State Government, being implemented throughout the South-West Region by the South-West Development Commission.
He said the Shire of Manjimup had been awarded $15,000 to develop a master plan for upgrades to the main street of Walpole and the Shire of Nannup was allocated $25,200 to undertake improvements to the historic Nannup Railway bridge.
The Harvey Shire Council was also allocated $40,000 for improvements to the Brunswick township.
“This is another clear example of how the Carpenter Government is working to improve services to strengthen regional economies,” the Minister said.
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