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Council adopts new concept for park

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

Anunaka Park will receive a facelift after a Manjimup Shire Council vote last month.

On December 8, the council voted to adopt a concept plan for landscaping of Anunaka Park, bordered by Ironbark, Swan and Sheoak streets and Jarrah Road.

The plan went up for public comment in July to update a concept plan from 2008 and the council received 52 responses.

The enhancement goals for Anunaka Park include walk trails and clear entry points, enhancements to existing play and sport facilities and new park furniture.

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It also includes an accessible area for families with small children and people with disabilities.

The installation and construction of the approved plan is estimated at $350,000.

The December 8 agenda item included an endorsement for the plan to be considered in the council’s 10-year Forward Capital Works Program.

“The project would likely be eligible for grant funding but would require municipal funding,” the item stated.

The plan, available in the attachments of the council’s December 8 meeting, proposed heritage trees inside the park.

“These will grow into majestic landmarks in the suburb for future generations to enjoy,” the plan said.

The plan has also considered the as-yet unfinished storm water treatment and compensation basin.

This will be addressed in the park’s wetland features, where a stone pitch area around the drain outlet will allow for quick drainage in case of flooding events.

The inclusion of wetland trees is expected to help dry out boggy areas.

According to the plan, the sporting facilities at the park will include lining upgrades for soccer and resurfacing and goal-shooting markings for basketball.

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