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Welcome to the Shire of MERREDIN

Community Engagement #YOURSAYMERREDIN

You can find more information on our community engagement initiatives here. We use the #YourSayMerredin on our social media to indicate when we are accepting public feedback. We have a ‘Community Engagement Framework and Toolkit’ that we use in instances of formal community engagement, or when we want to gather feedback from a large group of people. We also address aspects of our community engagement approach in our Strategic Community Plan that you can read here.

If you would like us to formally engage in community feedback on an issue, or have suggestions on how we can improve our community feedback processes, please call us on 9041 1611.


Apex Park Redevelopment Concept Plan

The Shire of Merredin is pleased to invite all community members to have their say on the Apex Park Redevelopment Concept Plan, which has been developed following extensive consultation which took place in 2019 and 2020. The Conceptual Design is now open to further community comment, which will be presented to Council in late July.

This schematic plan recognises the community’s vision to create a landmark entry point into Merredin’s town centre. Transforming the area from a playground to a park, the development will create a space that caters to our local community needs while providing a series of visual cues to draw in passing visitors from Great Eastern Highway. Imagery indicated within the plan are for example only, with final product selection to be completed during detailed design phases.

The following key features are proposed:

  • Skate Park extension (suited to BMX and scooters)
  • Basketball half court
  • Youth hangout space including facilities such as ping-pong, wi-fi, a solar charging station and lighting
  • A selection of ‘Mega Play’ elements (for example only – Climbing Tower with Slides, Flying Fox and Climbing Net)
  • A selection of junior play elements including nature play interactivities
  • Cycle/Scoot paths
  • Retention of mature trees and the introduction of a number of additional trees and native planting
  • The introduction of new materials, surfaces and colour palettes, creating a landscaped park reflective of the local bushland, granite outcrops and salt lake formations
  • The introduction of new turfed and formalised picnic spaces including, barbecue, a harvest long table, the relocation/re-use of existing picnic tables and shelters  
  • Modification to existing shed to create openings on all four sides
  • Relocation and modifications to the existing car park layout

The Shire proposes to utilise Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Funding of $473,000 and Shire  funds to construct the first stage of this plan before 31 December 2021. Future stages will be constructed using Shire and/or other grant funding.  

You can have your say via the online form or submit your comments in writing at the Shire Administration building, PO Box 42, Merredin WA 6415.

The comment period closes Wednesday 21 July 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

FENCING

A self-closing chainwire fence is indicated around the proposed early years playground (western play area) and fencing is proposed to remain along the railway line boundary. However, the existing fence is proposed to be removed in order to create a more inviting interface with Barrack Street, to encourage visitors into the space. While physical barriers can be created with plantings and other attractive landscaping treatments, the Shire is conscious of the safety concerns and perceptions that this may impose. We have noted that this is a significant concern raised by a number of people who have made submissions.

RETENTION OF TREES

All mature native trees are proposed to be retained within this development, with additional trees to also be planted. The plan does propose the removal of some of the non-native trees (eg. ornamental figs) which are currently in poor health. The large mature fig trees are proposed to be retained.

WATER PLAY

The Shire of Merredin is committed to looking after the natural environment including through sustainable water management. The design proposes a naturally designed drainage system which can take small rainfall events and is suited to winter creek play. Other water play elements have not been included in the design as such facilities can be difficult and expensive to maintain to ensure optimum public health/hygiene.

PUMP TRACK AND SCOOTER FACILITIES

During the detailed design phase, it is intended to introduce gentle slopes and undulations to the proposed track around the early years playground (western play area).  The Shire considered a larger pump/scooter track as part of the design discussions. While no formal decisions or investigations have been made about the creation of a pump track in town, such development was not considered appropriate for Apex Park given the size constraints. However, Council is committed to investigating the feasibility of a future pump track in town and has ear-marked other sites, such as the old civic bowling green site, if the project were feasible.

TOILETS AND OTHER AMENITIES

Existing Toilets will remain having recently been upgraded. However, the new park layout is proposed to create better, more visible access to these toilets and  improved surveillance. Barbeques and drinking fountains are proposed within the concept.

ACCESS FROM HIGHWAY

Access to Apex Park is constrained by the fact that it is bordered by a railway line and busy railway crossing. A key element of the overarching CBD Redevelopment Master Plan is to create stronger pedestrian access and linkages throughout the CBD. This is aimed to assist with moving pedestrians safely through the designated pedestrian railway crossings, via dedicated paths to key sites such as Apex Park.

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CBD Plan

Thank you to everyone who popped by the Shire of Merredin booth at the 2021 Merredin Show. 

We wanted to include a snapshot on the website for those who were unable to see what we had at the booth. On display included the plans for stage 1 of the CBD redevelopment, centred around the creation of a town square.

Hard copies of the plans are available for viewing at the Merredin Regional Library, Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre, and the Shire Administration Building.

Feedback on the plans can be addressed to the CEO and sent to PO Box 42, Merredin, WA 6415. Alternatively, we also welcome feedback to Council Officers responsible for the plans via appointment. Please call the Shire on (08) 9041 1611 to arrange an appointment time.

Please note, there are no road closures planned in the CBD redevelopment. 

For frequently asked questions regarding the CBD Redevelopment, please click here

To view the full CBD Concept Plan, click here.

   

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