Connectivity key to long- term Bernard Park plan

The Bernard Park master plan has been endorsed.
The Bernard Park master plan has been endorsed.

Shire of Northam President Steven Pollard said while key elements in the area are in the right location, the plan was seeking to create better connectivity between the spaces.

‘It’s a long-term, gradual plan; it could take 30 to 40 years,’ Mr Pollard said.

The focus of the plan is to provide a direction for development in the park, including the almost finished water playground, as well as a potential youth space on the Peel Terrace side of the Music Shell.

‘The water park should be finished by June; it will certainly be ready for the next summer,’ Mr Pollard said.

The master plan also includes the creation of distinct places within the park promoting active recreation in certain areas and shaded areas around the music shell.

Mr Pollard said the council would welcome feedback from the community on the master plan.

‘The town of Northam started planning for the central business district 15 years ago, which resulted in the widening of footpaths and better linkage between areas,’ he said.

‘A lot of buildings have their backs to the river, whereas we feel it should be the other way around so they can enjoy the river views.

‘We want to create a people-friendly spot.

‘We are encouraging developers as they knock buildings down to consider the plan.’