Shire of Mundaring is reimagining its town centre and in order to do so, has engaged closely with the local community to gauge the aspirations and requirements as to what this may ‘look and feel like’.
The Shire is committed to revitalisation of the Mundaring Town Centre and through a staged developmental approach, creation of a new civic and cultural heart.
A key component of this commitment is the rationalisation of a range of civic and community facilities into a proposed new Multi-Purpose Community Facility (MPCF) which will house the replacement Albert Facey Memorial Library as well as a range of other community and government services.
Whilst construction of the proposed MPCF is not anticipated to commence until 2025, a staged multi-year planning process has already commenced.
Shire of Mundaring Council considered a draft ‘Property Strategy and Land Assembly Plan’ for the proposed Mundaring Multi-purpose Community Facility project at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 20 July.
This project is a key component of the revitalisation of the Mundaring Town Centre into a vibrant and contemporary space.
The proposed Multipurpose Community Facility will co-locate the majority of existing community facilities and services.
This will include the library, dedicated cultural and art spaces and large multi-function spaces for the benefit of organisations and the local community.
Shire President, John Daw, said actions in forthcoming stages were presented to Council for consideration.
“Council carefully considered the recommended measures, specific actions and details within the Plan,” he said.
“Over the three hours Councillors were able to voice their opinions and ask questions.”
“We resolved to note the Preferred Delivery Model, Relocation Management Plan and the Road-Map for the project. This will enable the Shire to progress to the next planning stage of this multi-year project. “
The Preferred Delivery Model will see the new Multipurpose Community Facility located in the precinct between Craig, Nichol, Jacoby Streets and Mundaring Weir Road. Nichol Street will be enhanced as a main street, with convenient and well-designed short and long-term parking provided in the precinct.
Activated street frontages and vibrant public spaces, contemporary design of new buildings, mixed use buildings, and a new civic and cultural heart of Mundaring are also proposed.
“This is a major, long-term project with many stages. We are in the early stages,” Cr Daw added.
The Shire will commence planning and design work; seek State and Federal government funding; commence preparation for land acquisition and disposal as required; begin financial modelling; and develop a business case.
“Council is looking forward to evaluating the business case in due course.”
“A vital component will be ongoing community and stakeholder engagement, particularly liaising with the community about the look and feel,” Cr Daw said.
“This is consistent with the recommendations within the Project Road-Map.”
Shire of Mundaring will hold a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 20 July to consider the draft ‘Property Strategy and Land Assembly Plan’ for the proposed Mundaring Multi-purpose Community Facility project.
The Plan, which contains a series of recommended measures and actions on how best to implement the community facility project, includes three key components:
Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Throssell, said the Plan was derived from an audit of the existing facilities within the Mundaring Town Centre.
“This Plan will assist the Shire towards revitalisation of the Mundaring Town Centre into a vibrant and contemporary town centre,” he said.
The proposed Multipurpose Community Facility will co-locate the majority of existing community facilities and services, including the library, dedicated cultural and art spaces and large multi-function spaces for the benefit of organisations and the local community.
Mr Throssell said the vision for the Plan was to work towards creating a thriving village lifestyle with a strong town centre.
“The preferred delivery model would see Nichol Street as an enhanced new main street, with convenient and well-designed short and long-term parking, activated street frontages and vibrant public spaces, contemporary design of new buildings, mixed use buildings, and a new civic and cultural heart of Mundaring,” he said.
“An area that would create town centre activation would enhance cultural development and a sense of place.”
Mr Throssell said an audit of the functionality, standard and capacity of existing community facilities and services within the Mundaring Town Centre, including their suitability for co-location, was completed by consultants engaged by the Shire last year.
”The audit found that many of the facilities within the Mundaring Town Centre lacked the capacity, form, amenity and efficiencies required of a contemporary district-level facility,” he said.
Gaps in providing facilities and services for young people; spaces and facilities that enable informal social interaction; and office space for co-working, service providers and volunteer groups were also identified as key issues.
If the Plan is adopted, the Shire will move to the next stage of the project. Proposed actions will include preparing business cases, operational modelling, planning and design and securing funding as recommended within the Plan.
21st November 2019
Once completed, this plan will deatil the; why, when and how' prioritised approach to; retaining, aquiring, disposing and/or redeveloping land within the Mundaring Town Centre.
2021 - 2022
Stage 2 will involve the following:
2022 - 2024
The Mundaring Town Centre is the Shire of Mundaring’s civic, commercial and community hub. Its wide-reaching population catchment and hills location makes it a unique activity centre relative to others on the Swan Coastal Plain.
The Albert Facey Memorial Library is located in the town centre and is scheduled for replacement from 2022/23. Community consultation and preliminary planning and reporting is required to facilitate long-term financial and other planning for a proposed new Multi-purpose Community Facility (including a replacement of the Library) in the Mundaring town centre. The proposed Multi-purpose Community Facility could include:
a) the replacement for the Albert Facey Memorial Library
b) other Shire services as determined by Council
c) relocated or other community facilities as determined by Council
d) provision for service delivery by not-for-profit groups or state or Commonwealth agencies as determined by Council
In 2017 Shire of Mundaring adopted the Mundaring Town Initiative Masterplan (the Masterplan), which sets out Council’s commitment to revitalise and renew the Mundaring town centre, the Shire’s civic, commercial and community hub.