Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Brunswick revitalisation to start in 2006

    9/12/2005 12:00 AM

    The Gallop Government will provide $15,000 to kick-start the revitalisation of the Brunswick Junction, South-West Minister Mark McGowan announced today.

    Mr McGowan said the funding would be used to hire an engineer to come up with a design to transform the town’s main street into a ‘town square’ environment.

    The Minister made the announcement while launching the final Brunswick Junction Town Plan, which was funded by the State Government for $25,000 and undertaken by the Shire of Harvey.

    “The plan recommends a major upgrade of facilities in the town and includes new themed signage, a street mall, new picnic shelters and barbeque facilities, traffic calming and a Dairy Hall of Fame,” he said.

    “Part of the plan’s aim is to encourage some of the 1.3 million vehicles that pass through Brunswick each year, particularly tourists, to stop and enjoy the town’s atmosphere.

    “The Harvey Shire Council has done an excellent job, consulting with the local community, and having this plan developed to achieve a ‘new-look’ Brunswick by 2012.”

    Mr McGowan said the first part of the upgrade would be street sign replacement and then work to create ‘The Junction’ - a community focal point on the corner of Ommaney and Ridley Roads

    The Minister said ‘The Junction’ would become a location suitable for markets or entertainment by raising roadways, calming traffic and encouraging alfresco dining.

    Another major component of the project known as ‘The Milking Shed’ would result in the creation of an open air Dairy Hall of Fame. A new caravan pullover and an interactive children’s playground to be known as the ‘Top Paddock’ would also be developed.

    “It is important that the Brunswick community is actively involved in the changes and volunteers will be sought to help with improvements to Lions Park and the Brunswick River Park,” the Minister said.

    Mr McGowan said the revitalisation of Brunswick was part of an ongoing urban renewal process by the State, being implemented throughout the South-West by the South West Development Commission.

    “The Gallop Government is committed to the long-term future of communities such as Brunswick and ensuring that regional Western Australia receives its fair share,” he said.

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