Building community. Building progress.

27 August 2020 3:30 PM

The City of Kalamunda continues to work hard behind the scenes to plan for and create quality spaces promoting positive lifestyle opportunities and connected communities.

Recent highlights include the Stirk Park Playground and  Skate Park Concept  Development, finalisation of Master Plan for Scott Reserve; preparing for the construction of the Elmore Way Dog Park; progressing the building of the Kalamunda Community Centre; and nearing completion of upgrades to the Hale Road / Woolworths Drive Intersection. The City is also progressing concept designs for the Kalamunda Town Centre Streetscape focussing on Central Mall with construction works to commence soon after designs are completed.
 
The first stage of the Stirk Park Master Plan has progressed with concept designs and cost estimates for the proposed Skate Park Development concluding.  Following extensive community engagement, the proposed layout was endorsed by Council this week. 
 
The plan was presented for council to consider this month in preparation for submitting funding applications for the project. Stage 1 priorities identified within the Plan include a new all-inclusive playground, youth and sport precinct and improved pathway network in addition to the skate park. 
 
The timeline for the Elmore Way Dog Park in High Wycombe is being finalised.  Construction of the park utilising $512,000 in cash-in-lieu funds is expected to commence in early October 2020, with completion around January 2021.
 
The Kalamunda Community Centre has had most of its roof covering, mechanical ducting and air conditioning installed and the sewer works have commenced. Construction works will now focus on the internal infrastructure.
 
The Hale Road / Woolworths Drive intersection upgrade is almost complete and is looking fantastic with the laying of asphalt being finalised this week. These road works are just some of the local road and pedestrian spaces currently being upgraded and ‘in the pipeline’ to create safer and improved transport solutions and better connectivity through integrated transport planning.
 
“The Council appreciates the enthusiasm, support and engagement from the community. We know everyone is keen to see all the projects progress as fast as possible, as does the City, however, it takes time to ensure the extensive community consultation, site and environmental studies are completed as needed, and where possible funding is sourced from places such as cash-in-lieu and Federal grants to reduce the need to access rate-payer funds.”
 
“These projects also provide vital employment, with a strong focus on utilising local suppliers where ever possible as a part of our COVID recovery.” 
 
“Please know that the City is working hard behind the scenes to provide not only awesome spaces and places for today, but to also to ensure they will fit our community into the future.” 
 
A concept design for the Central Mall upgrade is currently being developed. Consultation with business owners and the community will commence discuss the proposed designs, provide feedback and highlight any potential issues so that contingencies can be put in place to enable a smooth transition of the project.
 
Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “This awesome project will reinvigorate the town space,  promote economic growth for local businesses and provide opportunities for events and festivals.”
 
There are several projects currently open for comment on the City’s Engage page and the City is always keen to hear from the community to ensure the best build outcomes: engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au
 
For more information please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

© City of Kalamunda 2020