Relaunch of Forest Heritage Centre in Dwellingup


Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, Forest Heritage Centre manager Shani Holster and chairwoman Sue Fyfe.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, Forest Heritage Centre manager Shani Holster and chairwoman Sue Fyfe.

ONE of the Peel Region’s best-known visitor attractions has been revitalised and relaunched after major grants from the Royalties for Regions program.

The Forest Heritage Centre at Dwellingup has undergone significant improvements and repairs to roofing, insulation and airconditioning with prior Royalties for Regions grants totalling $149,900 and has just been awarded a further $35,350 in the latest round of Community Chest Funds announced this month.

The centre will use the funds to create the Emu Directional Walk Trail that will connect the Forest Heritage Centre to the Dwellingup town centre (1.2 km).

The trail follows both the road and the footpath leading to the centre so people will be able to follow it while driving or be encouraged to walk.

The grants are administered by the Peel Development Commission and chairman Paul Fitzpatrick said the funds had made a huge difference to the centre, its staff and visitors.

“As well as the renovations making the centre’s environment much more functional, the aesthetics of the interior have been greatly improved,’’ he said.

“The attraction now has a ‘finished’ quality that helps to improve the appearance of the exhibitions items, stock and displays.”

The emu trail will feature signage designed and painted by local artist Wendy Binks.

Emu footprints will feature on the trail every five metres and visitors will be encouraged to photograph the signs and post, share and hashtag their photos on social media.

For more information on the next round of Community Chest Fund grants, contact the Peel Development Commission.