One size won’t fit all in town plan

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
2017 Budget Case Studies: Wagin farmer Phillip Blight. Photo: Michael Wilson The West Australian
Camera Icon2017 Budget Case Studies: Wagin farmer Phillip Blight. Photo: Michael Wilson The West Australian Credit: Picture: Michael Wilson

The first stage of Wagin’s showground, recreation precinct and sporting clubs overhaul was revealed at a community meeting last month.

The Shire of Wagin appointed CCS Strategic, in association with ADC Projects, to consult with community stakeholders and prepare a master plan for the redevelopment.

The ongoing long-term financial plan budgeted about $4 million for the sportsground precinct redevelopment in 2021-2022, responding to the needs of the town’s sporting clubs, as well as Woolorama.

Wagin Shire president Phillip Blight said the meeting was successful but trying to co-locate many diverse groups had been a challenge, because most would have to compromise.

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“I think the meeting went very well and the consultants did a great job — it certainly has not been an easy task,” he said.

“We have been at it for quite some time, exhaustingly going through the process of consultation with the community, but even still, I’m not sure if we’ve landed on a solid model yet.”

CCS Strategic recently conducted a community workshop and identified seven priority projects, with an overall expected price tag of $4.3 million.

These included sports lighting, a new cricket pitch, a broadcast and commentator’s box, first aid location, an expanded footprint for Woolorama and turf for tennis and hockey.

Mr Blight said Woolorama’s requirement for a lot of open and internal display space was an issue.

“To cater to something like that when it only runs for two days of the year is quite a challenge,” he said.

According to the Wagin Shire president, the next step for CCS Strategic is to draw out the redevelopment options and calculate their costs.

“We’re just getting prepared to have a shovel-ready project, so when the funds become available, we’re in a position to take advantage,” he said.

Mr Blight said he would prefer not to reveal the Shire’s spending on CCS Strategic.

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