Donnybrook Town Centre Revitalisation Project


Local contractor announced for Donnybrook’s central heritage project

 From left (Shire CEO Ben Rose, Perkins Managing Director Dan Perkins, SWDC Melissa Teede, Shire President Brian Piesse)

South-west builders Perkins will pave the way for delivery of the Donnybrook Town Centre Revitalisation Project after being announced as the successful contractor for the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup’s latest project.

The preferred tenderer for the iconic heritage project was approved at the Council Meeting held in May and contract negotiations between the Shire and Perkins Builders were finalised this week.

Manager Director Dan Perkins said, “Perkins is extremely pleased to be involved in this important community project which not only recognises and preserves the cultural heritage of Donnybrook but also provides business and employment opportunities for the region.”

Perkins Builders, a south-west family owned company, with its land interests within the Shire, has been involved in several major projects in the area recently, including the recent expansion and upgrade to Donnybrook IGA and the farmhouse at Bangadang Farm.

Shire President Brian Piesse said “when completed, this significant State government funded project will activate Donnybrook’s town centre between South Western Highway and Collins Street, connecting the public space on both sides of the iconic railway station precinct and the Apple Fun Park, while creating an asset that will provide a range of benefits to the local economy and tourism industry. The key to the project is the renewal and adaption of the heritage-listed Goods Shed to showcase the region’s heritage in an interpretive and interactive way. This exciting initiative will be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike and it is noteworthy that this heritage-inspired project is being initiated in the year of the 120th anniversary of the first planting of Granny Smith apples in Donnybrook.”

Extensive consultation with key stakeholders has taken place over the past twelve months by both the Shire and more recently with the contractor Perkins Builders, which has included meetings with local heritage groups and discussions with representatives in the community.

The $2m funding for the project was secured in 2019 through the Royalties for Regions program and activity on the site is expected to commence in late September. 

It is anticipated that completion of the project will take place in February/March 2021, just ahead of the region’s busiest time of the year when visitors flock to the area to attend major events such as the Donnybrook Apple Festival and Balingup Small Farm Field Day.


MEDIA RELEASE: Local contractor announced for Donnybrook’s central heritage project - 1 AUGUST 2020

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Update 29 November 2019

The Donnybrook Balingup Shire Council at its November 2019 meeting adopted the Master Plan for the Donnybrook Town Centre Revitalisation Project to guide the future development of the precinct containing the historic Goods Shed. 

Public consultation and stakeholder engagement undertaken earlier in the year largely informed the content of the plan which includes provisions to guide the refurbishment of the Goods Shed, landscaping, connectivity, public art and temporary use of space which may be the subject of later development.  As anticipated, the project generated significant local interest with 316 online submissions received and a range of ideas were put forward.  It has been somewhat of a challenge capturing the entire range of suggested possibilities, however the resulting plan is considered to largely reflect the results obtained through the community survey, whilst taking into account several other factors, including ongoing operational and whole-of-life costs. 

The next step in the process is for Shire staff to prepare procurement documents to engage specialised services to undertake detailed design which will occur in early 2020. 

The Shire wishes to thank the community for its input to date, with particular thanks to Steve Dilley, June Scott and Linda Fry who have acted as community representatives on the Community Reference Group established for the project.