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Plans to revitalise Mundaring

DRAFT plans to create a more vibrant and diverse Mundaring town centre have been adopted at the Shire of Mundaring’s council meeting last week.

The Mundaring Town Initiative Masterplan provides a long term blueprint for the town centre and is intended to enhance the experience for people living, shopping, working and visiting the area.

One draft highlight was a potential new road link from Mann St through to Jacoby St with traffic lights at Great Eastern Hwy.

A second highlight was increased residential densities in and adjoining the town centre area; dedicated pedestrian ‘at grade’ crossing at Nichol St and Great Eastern Hwy.

Third was a focus on streetscape improvements towards Nichol and Jacoby St and building on the success of the Mundaring Community Sculpture Park upgrades.

The Shire said a key component of the draft was to achieve greater connectivity, particularly across Great Eastern Hwy. To respond to changing demographics, the draft proposes a variety of different housing options, such as multiple residential and mixed use developments.

The plan also acknowledges that retaining trees, underground powerlines and creating a street tree canopy will be critical to preserve the hill’s character and country-feel.

Shire President David Lavell said the council had been keen to adopt the draft plan given the strong community aspirations for renewal of the town centre.

“Ultimately, the goal of the masterplan is to deliver a thriving village lifestyle with a strong town centre,” he said.

“This centre is the cultural and retail heart of the Shire and now’s the chance for interested residents to help shape its future.”

Cr Lavell said the masterplan would incorporate ways to attract more tourists to the area which will ultimately bring more economic activity and vitality to the centre.

“The masterplan will ensure our town centre will become an enviable place to live, shop, work and visit not just in the short-term but sustained into the future,” he said.

Residents can comment until Friday, December 23. Submissions will be considered and will influence the final town centre masterplan to be presented to the council in early 2017.

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