Upgrade works have started on Manjimup’s highly-anticipated multi-million dollar modern sporting complex. The first stage of the Manjimup Rea Park and Collier Street redevelopment — launched in April 2021 — includes power and lighting upgrades across the facility. It is the first of many intended to transform the Rea Park and Collier Street Reserve into a premier level sporting facility that can cater for high-level sporting events as well as regular club usage and non-sporting events. Other works will include a new pavilion and upgraded ovals, car parking and landscaping. Shire of Manjimup president Paul Omodei said the upgrade was an exciting time. “It is a key component of the Shire’s efforts in striving towards meeting the future direction of the Shire’s future sport and recreational facilities mix,” he said. The works were started on June 19 by contractor Kalamunda Electrics and are expected to take several months to complete. An exact completion date is still to be confirmed. The Shire expects there will be little to no disturbance or damage to the area and minimum inconvenience to groups currently using the reserve, including the Tigers Football Club, Warren Women’s Hockey Association and Rovers Soccer Club. The power upgrade has been funded by the Federal, State and local governments.