MEDIA RELEASE: Collaboration between the Shire and Arc Infrastructure paves the way for tourism opportunities

Published on Friday, 9 July 2021 at 5:39:05 PM

The recent opening of the Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square was the end result of a number of collaborative projects between the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup and Arc Infrastructure, who lease much of the rail line and corridor throughout the south-west from the State Government.


The much-anticipated revitalisation of Donnybrook’s heritage listed Goods Shed tells the story of Donnybrook and surrounds and provides a link to east and west sides of the railway track that in the past has divided the evolving and unique townscape.


A key feature of Station Square is the link that it provides to the centre of town with the inclusion of two rail crossings at the Donnybrook Railway Station. Extensive consultation took place between the Shire and Arc Infrastructure to ensure the structures were within specification.


Arc Infrastructure South West Regional Lead Cameron Beange said the business welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the Shire.


“Arc Infrastructure was pleased to collaborate with the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup to help bring these projects to life and revitalise the town centre. While there are always complexities around using rail corridor land, we’re glad we could work together to help create these landmark destinations for Donnybrook locals and tourists.”


Adjacent to Station Square is the iconic Apple Fun Park which is currently being revitalised under the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. The new design includes an extra 10% of play area, leased by the Shire from Arc Infrastructure. The playground area itself will be expanded with approval from Arc Infrastructure to incorporate an extra ~500m2 of space.


Much of the central Balingup townsite, often referred to as the Village Green, is also leased by the Shire from Arc Infrastructure, and includes important local infrastructure and facilities such as the Balingup Bushfire Brigade building, the Balingup Community Centre and the Balingup Medieval Festival grounds.


Shire Chief Executive Officer Ben Rose said, “the existing railway network runs right through the Shire and whilst it is not currently in active use, discussions between the Shire and Arc Infrastructure have paved the way for a number of opportunities to lease portions of the railway corridor to enable better community outcomes for local projects and initiatives.”


Earlier in the year, the Shire completed a series of accessible shared pathways that connected the outer residential area of Meldene Estate to the town centre. Arc Infrastructure were once again key stakeholders in the project due to the location and proximity of the pathway to the railway network.


The dual use pathway, which runs alongside the Donnybrook Country Club Golf Course has been embraced by the community thanks to its scenic route.

As per the Local Government Act 1995 Section 2.8(d) for further information please contact:
Shire President Cr Brian Piesse
Phone: 9731 1141         
Mobile: 0408 471 947       

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