Park spruce-up a treechange

Sophie ElliottBusselton Dunsborough Times
The City plans to maintain the park as the "green heart of Busselton".
Camera IconThe City plans to maintain the park as the "green heart of Busselton".

Artistic impressions of the Mitchell Park Revitalisation project have been released for public comment.

Features of the plan include upgrades to street furniture, landscaping, shading and pathways, upgrades to lighting around the park, and a staged area to hold events.

There has remained an emphasis on retaining a green open space in the CBD.

The City of Busselton plans to start work on the park in the next financial year.

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During the City’s Place Project consultation, Mitchell Park was identified by the community as needing re-invigoration and for a safe, welcoming and versatile space to be created.

The feedback from these consultations was used to develop the concept plans.

A community consultation will be held in the park on September 14 from 10am with a free sausage sizzle provided.

The upgrade of Mitchell Park has been earmarked for several years and its revitalisation coincides with the extension of the Busselton Central Shopping Centre.

Mayor Grant Henley said Mitchell Park was one of the original recreational spaces gazetted in the town of Busselton and was valued highly by the community.

“The intention in progressing with an upgrade is to ensure the park’s village-green feel is retained,” he said.

“While individual design elements are still in concept stage, we envisage including a dedicated play space for children and a space for informal entertainment and dining.

“The objective is to create a relaxed environment where people want to meet and to ensure pedestrian connectivity between the shopping centre and other areas of the CBD.”

Works will include upgrades to walkways to ensure ease of access to Queen Street, Kent Street, Prince Street and into the Busselton Central Shopping Centre.

Cr Henley said City officers from the economic development team had been liaising with nearby business owners regarding the upgrade plans, and an information session had been organised with CBD business owners and operators next month.

Busselton Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Jo Richards said the development of the area “couldn’t come quick enough”.

“This is really exciting for the CBD,” she said.

“A vibrant town park is really what we need — people attract people. What makes a town vibrant is the people, so creating spaces that suit them so they can come and stay longer is beneficial to all businesses in the city centre.”

Little Peach Espresso’s Lexie Armstrong said the team at the takeaway coffee shop were supportive of anything that made the area more inviting for customers.

“We’ve said for a long time it would be great for there to be some tables and chairs so people can have their coffee in the park on a nice day, and for it to be made a little more family-friendly,” she said.

Cr Henley encouraged the community to attend the public consultation.

“Mitchell Park is culturally and historically significant. It is therefore important that community members are aware of the upgrade plans and provide their feedback on initial concepts,” he said.

“Come find out more about the upgrade plans and re-engage with this great little park in heart of the Busselton town centre.”

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