$20m project plan released

The masterplan for the proposed Toodyay Sport and Recreation Precinct.
The masterplan for the proposed Toodyay Sport and Recreation Precinct.

The three-stage project is expected to cost more than $20 million and will be one of the most significant community developments for Toodyay in the past 40 years.

Former minister for regional development and lands Brendon Grylls turned the first sod at the precinct site on Drummond Street in October of last year.

The Shire of Toodyay bought the 14ha site ” near the Toodyay District High School ” several years ago.

Shire of Toodyay President David Dow said the precinct was a way of retaining families and individuals in Toodyay, as well as attracting them to the region.

But Mr Dow conceded the huge cost of the project was ‘scary’ and the council had not yet secured any funding for it.

‘We have to get external funding,’ Mr Dow said.

‘Without grant funding, I don’t see it going ahead.

‘But now that the plan has gone out for public comment we can explore funding options.’

Peter Hunt Architects was appointed last year to develop the masterplan, which will include a sporting field and change rooms in the first stage, a swimming pool at the second stage and multi-purpose recreation facility in the third stage.

It is expected to take about eight years to complete and is the major focal point of Toodyay’s strategic community plan.

Mr Dow said he had been in contact with politicians about funding opportunities and would travel to Canberra soon to request federal funding assistance.

The council approved the plans for community comment for 21 days and a public meeting to discuss the project will be held on June 17.

All public comments will be presented to the council at a special forum in July.