Manjimup residents are now one step closer to having a multi-million dollar modern sporting complex right on their doorstep. The planning and design stage for the Manjimup Rea Park and Collier Street Redevelopment project was officially launched by the Manjimup Shire this month. The project has been targeted as a major priority by the council as it looks to bring the facilities up to a modern and regional standard. The Shire has stated its vision is to transform the area into a “premier-level facility” to cater for high-level sporting events and usage by regular clubs and events such as the annual Warren District Agricultural Show. The project will see a number of upgrades right across the facilities, including a new pavilion, upgraded ovals, new flood-lighting, car parking, landscaping, power upgrades and more. The planning and design stage is the first of four stages for the project and has had $200,000 allocated towards it, with the main focus of the stage being to make the project “shovel and funding ready”. The Shire has already committed $5 million towards the project and will also be developing a business case, which includes an investigation of sourcing potential extra funding, as part of the first stage. Shire president Paul Omodei said the project was an investment in the future of the town. “Our sporting culture is strong in Manjimup and the planned upgrades will allow our clubs to grow in the years to come,” he said. “The redevelopment of the Rea Park and Collier Street precinct is a high priority for council. “It will not only benefit the existing users, but will benefit the wider community by allowing our sporting and community groups to attract regional level carnivals and events.” The Shire will be holding workshops on April 27 and 28 with the existing users of the precinct to work on finalising the concept master plan, which was originally formed back in 2015. A consultation forum will also be held at the Manjimup Wellness and Respite Centre on May 17 for the community to learn more about the project and offer their input.