Planning begins for tourism at Minninup Pool

10 months ago

The Shire of Collie and the South West Development Commission are working collaboratively on planning a number of improvements to the Minninup Pool area with funding made available by local member, Hon. Mick Murray.

The Minninup Pool Reserve (excluding the golf course) is approximately 72Ha size and includes the popular Minninup Pool and Sandy Beach day use areas as well as significant areas of bush stretching from Jackmears Spring along the river to Mungalup Bridge.

The planning project is exploring the provision of nature-based tourism infrastructure that will not detract from the site’s natural beauty.

Minninup Pool holds particular significance to the local Noongar people and their views are being considered as part of the project.

There are a number of elements to the project, some of which are already underway or have been completed and planning is expected to be finalised by January 2020.

Key milestones of the project include:

  • Flora and fauna survey

  • Aboriginal Heritage Assessment and consultation

  • Site analysis

  • Community consultation

  • Market analysis, concept design and economic viability assessment.

  • Determine the best management model

  • Other specialist studies as required such as headworks, fire, geotechnical.

The project is overseen by a Project Management Group consisting of representatives from The Shire, The SWDC, Mick Murray, Ngalang Boodja Council Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Tourism WA and Department of Sport & Recreation

Shire Chief Executive Officer David Blurton said there were no plans to restrict access to the public or charge for swimming.

“The Project Management Group recognises the importance of the Minninup Pool area to Collie residents and Noongar people,” Mr Blurton said. “Retaining the parking area foreshore and sandy beach for day use are important elements of the project.”

“Ultimately, if we get this project right, it will attract significant number of tourists which will have an economic benefit for Collie,” Shire CEO David Blurton said.

The next phase is consultation with the Collie community to understand and include their vision in the concept design process.

The project is part of the State Government and the Shire of Collie’s efforts to diversify Collie’s economy by expanding on the local tourism industry to create jobs and support local business.

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Media contacts: Shire President Sarah Stanley

0408 344 833

sarah@sjstanley.com.au

Chief Executive Officer David Blurton

(08) 9734 9000

david.blurton@collie.wa.gov.au