Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment

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This consultation has closed, thank you to those who submitted a response.


Project overview:

Redevelopment of the Murray River Square and adjacent portion of foreshore to create a high quality, vibrant, public space which enhances the character of Pinjarra, integrates with surrounding sites, encourages activity, longer visitation and a diverse range of formal and informal activities.

The key amenity will be redeveloped to include:

  • Shaded seating areas
  • Improved pathways and lighting
  • A small-scale amphitheatre with stage
  • Public art and Aboriginal interpretation
  • Improved water accessibility through the construction of a jetty for non-motorised vessels

The redevelopment is a pivotal outcome of the Murray River Foreshore Masterplan, adopted by Council in 2015 and follows widespread consultation with the community undertaken as part of the precinct's concept planning in 2018.

Due diligence is ensuring coordination and integration with associated works and/or proposals for adjoining George Street properties including the Exchange Hotel and Police Station.

The Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment also forms part of the Pinjarra Town Centre Revitalisation Plan and is proudly supported by the State Government’s Local Projects Local Jobs and Regional Grant Scheme, Alcoa, Lotterywest, Peel Development Commission and the Shire of Murray.

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Project overview:

Redevelopment of the Murray River Square and adjacent portion of foreshore to create a high quality, vibrant, public space which enhances the character of Pinjarra, integrates with surrounding sites, encourages activity, longer visitation and a diverse range of formal and informal activities.

The key amenity will be redeveloped to include:

  • Shaded seating areas
  • Improved pathways and lighting
  • A small-scale amphitheatre with stage
  • Public art and Aboriginal interpretation
  • Improved water accessibility through the construction of a jetty for non-motorised vessels

The redevelopment is a pivotal outcome of the Murray River Foreshore Masterplan, adopted by Council in 2015 and follows widespread consultation with the community undertaken as part of the precinct's concept planning in 2018.

Due diligence is ensuring coordination and integration with associated works and/or proposals for adjoining George Street properties including the Exchange Hotel and Police Station.

The Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment also forms part of the Pinjarra Town Centre Revitalisation Plan and is proudly supported by the State Government’s Local Projects Local Jobs and Regional Grant Scheme, Alcoa, Lotterywest, Peel Development Commission and the Shire of Murray.

Find out more:


This consultation has closed, thank you to those who submitted a response.
  • Funding Enables Start of Pinjarra Foreshore Redevelopment

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    Residents and visitors to Pinjarra will soon enjoy improved recreation opportunities within a revitalised Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore reserve, thanks to a $500,000 Lotterywest grant.

    Together with funding from Alcoa and the State Government’s Regional Grant Scheme and Local Projects Local Jobs Grant Scheme, the key amenity will be redeveloped to include shaded seating areas, improved pathways and lighting, a small-scale amphitheatre with stage, public art and Aboriginal interpretation as well as improved water accessibility through the construction of a jetty for non-motorised vessels.

    Due diligence is ensuring coordination and integration with associated works and/or proposals for adjoining George Street properties including the Exchange Hotel and Police Station.

    Detailed design plans, drawings and costings are being finalised with a view to commencing site preparation in late August and major works in September. The Shire anticipates that most of the works will be completed by Christmas, with some elements continuing into 2020.

    Member for Murray-Wellington Mrs. Robyn Clarke MLA, on behalf of the State Government through Lotterywest, was proud to present the grant certificate to Shire of Murray President Cr. David Bolt and CEO Mr. Dean Unsworth.

    “The Murray River Foreshore in Pinjarra is a vibrant community area which will become even better with the planned redevelopments.

    “As the local member, it is vital that we work closely with our Local Government representatives to prioritise projects that create jobs and opportunities for locals, and this is one of those.

    “We are all very excited to see the final result, and look forward to further redevelopment in our local communities,” Mrs. Clark said.

    Shire President Cr. David Bolt is most grateful for the support for the community-beneficial project.

    “The redevelopment of the Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore will create a high quality, vibrant, public space – a focal point for the town.

    “It will enhance the character of Pinjarra, integrate with surrounding sites, encourage activity, longer visitation and a diverse range of formal and informal activities including events in both the square and foreshore areas.

    “The redevelopment is a pivotal outcome of the Murray River Foreshore Master Plan, adopted by Council in 2015 and follows widespread consultation with the community undertaken as part of the precinct's concept planning in 2018,” Cr. Bolt said.

  • Greenlight for Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment Option A

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    Sketch Option A for the Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment has been endorsed by Council, following consideration of feedback received from the community through consultation efforts.

    According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, Option A was one of three sketch options recently presented for public comment.

    “It employs a traditional village square approach, with a tree framed open turf area for the Murray River Square providing uninterrupted views from James Street to the grassed slope leading to the Murray River.

    “This option is driven by a direct correlation of heritage style materials with the existing built form, and provides maximum flexibility for events.

    “EPCAD Landscape Consultants will now proceed in the development of a comprehensive concept plan detailing among other specifics levels, materials, vegetation species and furniture items.

    “The concept plan will provide sufficient detail to understand the project scope and enable the preparation of tender documents.

    “The final concept plan will be advertised for community consideration, before the concept is considered for adoption by Council,” Cr. Bolt said.

    The Shire anticipates that adoption of the plan will occur by November 2018 allowing for the preparation of tender documents, with a view to commence construction in early 2019.

    Cr. Bolt further added that the aim for the redevelopment of the Murray River Square and adjacent portion of foreshore is to create a high quality, vibrant, public space – a focal point for the town, which enhances the character of Pinjarra, integrates with surrounding sites, encourages activity, longer visitation and a diverse range of formal and informal activities.

    The project is a key node of the Murray River Foreshore Masterplan adopted by Council in 2015. Other nodes already complete include the three-stage Cantwell Park Playground development including the recently constructed toilets sponsored by Alcoa. The Masterplan also ensures integration with the development for the Exchange Hotel site.

    The Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment forms part of the Pinjarra Town Centre Revitalisation Plan and is proudly supported by the State Government’s Local Projects Local Jobs and Royalties for Regions programs, Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.

  • Community Called to Assist with Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment

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    Public feedback could help revolutionise the Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore reserve, into a well-planned, well-utilised community amenity.

    The Shire of Murray has recently appointed landscape consultants, EPCAD, to assist with the progression of the design for the study area.

    According to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dean Unsworth, three sketch options have been released and the Shire are seeking community comment regarding a preferred design.

    Among other components, planning could see the town square redeveloped to achieve views to the river from George Street and James Street and an informal grassed terraced amphitheatre and stage area, upgraded streetscaping, a canoe entry and exit point and improved picnic and BBQ facilities established along the foreshore.

    Mr. Unsworth said following community feedback it is intended that a preferred option which may involve components from one or more of the sketch options, would then be chosen to develop a full concept design.

    A drop-in information session will also be held at the Pinjarra Civic Centre on Monday 21 May from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The sketches will be on display and Shire officers will be available for discussion and to answer questions.

    Concept development follows Council’s adoption in 2015 of a masterplan for the Murray River Foreshore in Pinjarra, between the Henry Street boat ramp and the Murray Leisure Centre.

    “The masterplan was prepared with extensive consultation with the community and was intended to provide a high level framework to guide future action within the foreshore area,” Mr. Unsworth said.

    Submissions close 12:00pm Friday 1 June, 2018.