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.
Community and stakeholder engagement was undertaken in 2019 and the outcomes of that engagement were provided to Council and the community in early 2020, before the project was temporarily put on hold due to COVID-19.
Despite the interruption, the Shire circulated a Newsletter in May 2020 to stakeholders which provided feedback on the results of the earlier consultation activities and community aspirations.
The consultation activities undertaken identified broad community support for the concept of a MPCF located on the southern side of Great Eastern Highway Mundaring Town Site. Stakeholders generally agreed that co-location of the required facilities would be beneficial, and this could be achieved either by a single complex, or campus style development or potentially a mix of these.
The project has now recommenced and at the Special Council Meeting of; Tuesday 27 October 2020 Council, gave consideration to the report and recommendations within the; Community Facility Needs Analysis and Land Assembly Options and Constraints, September 2020.
At the meeting, Council endorsed a conceptual option for the MPCF, 'Option 3 - 'Hub-plus', noting that this option is conceptual only, pending more detailed investigations. Council also adopted a seies of recommended decison-making criteria that will significantly influnce the next stage of this project.
The next stage of the project, commencing in November 2020, will be preparation of the MPCF Property Strategy and Land Assembly Plan. This plan will effectively detail the; ‘why, when and how’ prioritised approached to; retaining, acquiring, disposing and/or redeveloping land within the Mundaring Town Centre.
Following preparation of the above plan, a relocation plan will also be developed for a progressive and staged relocation of existing Shire land and facility users where required. Further stakeholder consultation and input into the design of the proposed MPCF facility is expected to commence in 2023/24.