Desire for youth development and sense of community revealed in North Pinjarra Revitalisation Strategy

The community hall at North Pinjarra will be a part of the strategy.
The community hall at North Pinjarra will be a part of the strategy.

EXTENSIVE community consultation will ensure the future of North Pinjarra is one of prosperity.

In July 2016, Shire of Murray engaged consultant group Bank of Ideas to help with the community consultation component of the North Pinjarra Revitalisation Strategy and a considerable range of engagement opportunities were presented to the Strategy’s Community Reference Group.

According to Shire President David Bolt, the knowledge derived from the process will help influence development of the strategy.

He said the consultation outcomes revealed a desire for youth development and a greater sense of community as well as improvements to the community hall, oval precinct and the town’s entrance.

“It is anticipated the strategy will help repair North Pinjarra’s economic vitality through private and public investment including upgrades to the town’s infrastructure and level of facilities,’’ he said.

“North Pinjarra is several decades old and lacks diversity: a well planned, integrated and active revitalisation strategy will help improve the town’s social fabric and sense of place.”

Preparation of the draft strategy will require ongoing collaboration between the shire and the North Pinjarra community, mainly through North Pinjarra Progress Association.

Cr Bolt said the comprehensive approach taken during the consultation period had already helped build community leadership, interest and participation.

“Retention of the Community Reference Group will ensure the strategy continues to proactively serve community members working to secure a prosperous future,” he said.

At its meeting in December, the council nominated Crs Ange Rogers and Dougal Mc Larty to represent the Shire as part of the North Pinjarra Community Reference Group.

A draft strategy will now be prepared in accordance with the shire’s 2017-2021 Corporate Business Plan.

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