Council out selling CBD plan

COLLIE shire councillors and staff were out promoting its proposed central park development last week at the Collie Central shopping centre.

Draft plans for the area in Forrest Street near the railway line were made available for comment late last month.

Cr Ian Miffling said residents had provided useful feedback, with many positive comments.

CBD committee chairman Cr Glyn Yates said the feedback was needed to confirm how the central park area would be used.

“My perspective is this needs to be an active place,” Cr Yates said.

Cr Yates said the park would be a dual purpose facility with many facilities so it was not exclusive to one group.

It would take “tens of millions of dollars” and several years to complete.

Cr Yates said the project had not been fully funded yet.

Shire chief executive officer Jason Whiteaker said the proposed development was about creating an attractive environment that would encourage people into the area.

“It is about stimulating the CBD and making it vibrant which will be positive for existing retailers, and will also attract new shops into the area, which will benefit the community,” Mr Whiteaker said.

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