This month's guest councillor column was written by Central Ward Councillor Doug Jeans.
November in Focus: Cr Doug Jeans
What is it that makes a town centre active and vibrant? How well-utilised or located are current facilities? How does Council identify which facilities are needed for future growth?
These are some of the questions we have been asking as part of a consultation process for the proposed multi-purpose community facility in Mundaring.
The facility will include:
- a replacement for the Albert Facey Memorial Library
- other Shire services as determined by Council
- relocated or other community facilities as determined by Council
- provision for service delivery by not-for-profit groups or state or Commonwealth agencies as determined by Council
More information, including maps and FAQs, are available at the Shire's online consultation portal Engage Mundaring (see https://engage.mundaring.wa.gov.au/mundaring-multi-purpose-community-facility).
As the shire's civic, commercial and community hub, the Mundaring Town Centre is considered a unique activity centre thanks to its idyllic Hills location and wide-reaching population catchment. That is why, when Council adopted the Mundaring Town Initiative Masterplan in 2017, it set out its commitment to revitalise and renew the Mundaring town centre.
The Masterplan was followed by the Mundaring Activity Centre Plan, adopted by Council in November 2018 to guide the future development of the Mundaring Town Centre as a District Centre. The Activity Centre Plan outlines the application, infrastructure, subdivision, land use and development requirements that will guide planning decision-making and shape the Mundaring Town centre of the future.
How can you get involved?
Community consultation for the proposed multi-purpose community facility began in October and will continue throughout November. Have your say by:
- Completing the survey online at Engage Mundaring or picking up a hard copy from Albert Facey Memorial Library or the Shire's Administration building before Friday 15 November.
- Register to attend the 'Information and Ideas Workshop' at the Shire Administration on Thursday 21 November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. You can register via Engage Mundaring or by phoning 9290 6682.
What are the next steps?
Feedback from the survey and workshop will be analysed and a Community Facility Needs Analysis Report will be prepared for Council to review. This will be followed by an Options Report for Council to consider early in 2020 and an opportunity to 'imagine the space'. Next, a draft plan will be released for community comment, hopefully in March 2020.
Our community has a desire to restore the Mundaring Town Centre to the active, vibrant hub it once was and we invite you to help shape this vision!
- The November 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting is being held on Tuesday 12 November. For full details and to download the agenda click here.
- Download a copy of the November Community Update page here.