Morawa Town Centre Revitalisation Celebrated
- From Left: Mr Alan Egan Mr Gavin Treasure Mr Terry Redman MLA
- Cr Karen Chappel Shire President, Hon Murray Criddle Chairman MWDC
- CR Dean Carslake Deputy Shire President, Mr Jim Milloy
Thursday, 30 April 2015
The newly transformed Morawa town centre was officially opened today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.
The revitalisation was made possible through an investment of $5.53 million through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions’ Mid West Investment Plan and SuperTowns program.
Mr Redman said the project had transformed the town centre, creating an attractive place for business investment, tourists and visitors.
“Morawa is central to providing services to both the mining and agricultural sectors in the North Midlands area of the Mid-West. It is now prepared for further investment and development of retail, commercial, office, entertainment and community activities in the town centre,” he said.
“There has been a concerted effort by local and State Government to transform and strengthen this community and the revamped town centre, with its civic square and realignment of the main freight road, is another step in the right direction.”
The new civic square provides the town with a central focal point for community and civic events delivering an attractive, family friendly meeting place. It features artistic and artisan elements made from the Morawa stone, terraced seating and shady trees along with amphitheatre space for live performances and space for the town’s regular pop-up markets.
“Royalties for Regions is about providing critical services and infrastructure to support economic and social development and this revitalisation project will be a good example of how the investment will benefit the community, region and the State,” the Minister said.
The completion of the first two stages of the five-stage revitalisation plan included the improvement of the eastern side of the rail corridor in line with Public Transport Authority rail crossing and fencing requirements; upgraded power and wastewater services; quality landscaping; new car parks; and an improved pedestrian network.
Morawa SuperTown Growth Plan Overview and Project Update here
Morawa SuperTown General Project Update here
Key Stakeholder Update 'Morawa SuperTown Draft Growth and Implmentation Plan Endorsed' here
There has been a lot happening in Morawa, following the State Government’s announcement that it is one of the nine towns across Western Australia to qualify as a SuperTown.
Growth Plan Consultant Team Appointed
Landcorp has been appointed as the project manager, on behalf of the Shire of Morawa and the Midwest Development Commission (MWDC). TPG Town Planning & Urban Design (TPG) has also been appointed as the lead consultant responsible for the co-ordination and the preparation of a SuperTown Growth Plan, which will reflect the aspirational vision of Morawa, and provide an ‘investment blueprint’ to attract private investment and direct sustainable growth.
TPG is supported by a consortium of consultants across a range of disciplines including economic development, community development, civil works and infrastructure, environment, sustainability, traffic and heritage. TPG will deliver the following documents at the end of February 2012:
- SuperTown Growth Plan (incorporating a community vision);
- Town Centre Plan; and
- Implementation Plan
Community and Stakeholder Engagement
A Community Reference Group has been established involving representatives from surrounding local government areas, indigenous representatives and significant local corporations. This group is responsible for providing feedback on Morawa specific and surrounding town issues.
A Morawa Growth Planning Team has also been established which comprises government representatives who will assist with identifying key issues and provide a link with the local community and regional agency representatives.
Both the Community Reference Group and the Morawa Growth Planning Team have met on two occasions - the 26th October and the 23rd November and the next meeting is on the 13th December, 2011.
A community survey was released and has been available since October. If you have not completed the survey, please do so before Thursday 8 December.
Please also encourage your family and friends to do the same to ensure the community has as much input into the planning process as possible.
A copy of the survey can be found here: www.morawa.wa.gov.au
Community and Stakeholder Forums
Thank you to everyone who participated in the two community and stakeholder workshops which were held on the 26th October 2011 and 24th November 2011. Both forums attracted a good response and have provided invaluable feedback for the consultants.
The next opportunity for community and stakeholder input will be in December.
- 13th December 2011
Community Information Session (Lesser Hall)
5:00pm-6:30pm and 8:00pm-9:00pm
The community is invited to attend an information session on the preliminary Growth Plan scenarios and Town Centre ideas. The Consultants will be available to answer questions and forms will also be available for the community to provide written feedback on preliminary Growth Scenarios.
- 14th Dec – 20th December 2011
Information Posters on the Growth Plan Scenarios and Town Centre ideas will be on display at the following locations:
- The Shire Office/Library
- The Post Office
Forms will be available at the Displays / Sessions to capture feedback.
Information posters will also be on display in the surrounding towns, including Mingenew, Three Springs, Perenjori, Yalgoo and Coorow.
- 14th December 2011, 9:30am
Landowner and Key Stakeholder Meeting (Lesser Hall)
Key stakeholders and landowners have been invited to a Landowner and Stakeholder Design Session, with a focus on the Main Street and Town Centre.
If you would like to be involved, contact Gavin Treasure on 08 9971 1204.
An initial Draft Growth and Implementation Plan will be prepared by the end of February 2012, and further opportunities for public comment are anticipated to take place early 2012.
Key Stakeholder Update - November 2011
For more information contact the Shire of Morawa CEO, Gavin Treasure on 9971 1204.