Collie community asked for input into Minninup Pool plans

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

Collie Shire Council is seeking community input as it looks to develop plans to grow nature-based tourism opportunities at Minninup Pool.

A community meeting was held last week and an online survey will remain open for another fortnight as the council aims to piece together a plan to develop the popular section of the town’s river.

Shire chief executive David Blurton said initial feedback from last week’s meeting indicated that development was something the community wanted.

“The community recognised the need to protect the environment and cultural significance of the site whilst providing community and visitors an appealing attraction and experience,” he said.

“The attendees supported the concept of low scale eco-based development and saw social and economic opportunities that could benefit the community whilst still protecting the site.”

He said that any plans for Minninup had to take into account the cultural significance it had to the local Noongar community.

“The traditional owners are working closely with the project working group to develop the concept,” he said.

“That includes ways to recognise and share the story of the area’s significance to locals and visitors alike.”

He said new ideas continued to be put forward and would be explored.

“The site known as Roberts Rocks was mentioned as requiring to be maintained and potentially improved as is necessary to help maintain water levels upstream,” he said.

“Meetings with other stakeholders has raised the idea of a built-form cultural centre.”

Complete the online survey – here.

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