Funding for Foreshore Development to Contribute to Economic Recovery

Published: Friday, 27 March 2020 at 4:39:59 PM

After an extensive community consultation period, Shire of Dandaragan Council have adopted the Jurien Bay and Cervantes foreshore masterplans at yesterday’s Council Meeting.

In Jurien Bay, the masterplan sets out how Dobbyn Park will evolve and become a vibrant place for families with a new playground, skate / scooter / BMX facility and picnic and barbeque area.

We are happy to announce that we have received funding from Lotterywest to commence development of the Jurien Bay foreshore and Dobbyn Park infrastructure renewal. The $1.127 million grant from Lotterywest towards the youth precinct will complement Council funds and deliver the skate park, jetty deck replacement, new playground, barbeques, picnic shelters and new ablutions. This development will support local jobs, local business and be an investment for the future economic recovery for Jurien Bay and the Shire.

The Shire is proud to partner with Lotterywest on this project which aligns with the Lotterywest purpose to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing for all West Australians through funding and support.

From Dobbyn Park, the foreshore area will transition south through a new foreshore pedestrian plaza showcasing our pristine ocean view and town jetty, also providing opportunity for a future small licensed hospitality venue. The plaza area will provide new ablution amenities and ample shade coverage via a new pavilion structure. Fauntleroy Park will remain as broader open space ready to cater for events and lazy quiet days by the beach.

In Cervantes, the adopted foreshore masterplan includes a foreshore hub, event spaces and supporting infrastructure, improvements to pathways, traffic calming measures, landscaping and amenity, an outdoor exercise area, and plans to link to the proposed extension of the Turquoise Way path from Jurien Bay. A fishing platform is also proposed to revitalise the old groyne structure and improve amenity in the area.

At this very uncertain time, it is important to the Shire of Dandaragan to continue to work towards planning and creating social and economic development opportunities for residents and businesses in our Shire which encapsulate local culture, art and creativity in the built form. 

In addition, the Shire of Dandaragan is eligible for an additional $1 million dollars under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program to develop infrastructure that will support local jobs and create something for the future.

The Shire will be working closely with Badgingarra, Cervantes, Dandaragan and Jurien Bay communities to undertake marquee projects in each area identified in the Shire’s Envision 2029 Strategic Community Plan. These projects may include the Badgingarra Truck Stop and Sample Station; Dandaragan townsite streetscape beautification and BMX track, and Cervantes foreshore reserve upgrades. We will provide more details of these projects in the coming weeks.

It is important to note that the role of a masterplan is as a conceptual representation of how the foreshore could evolve and function and will take many years to come to full fruition. They will be used as a tool to attract further funding and detailed design plans will be developed with the help of community representatives as part of working groups established at each stage.

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