Pemberton Co-location Project
The Pemberton Community Resource Centre, Pemberton visitor Centre and Shire of Manjimup Public library (the project partners) have concluded stage one of the Pemberton Co-location project, which was to identify the best site for a new or redeveloped facility where the three services will be co-located under one roof.
A panel of two representatives from each partner organisation considered feedback from community stakeholders and other research data and have achieved consensus on a way forward.
The recommendations were put to the Shire of Manjimup Council, Pemberton Community Resource Centre Management Committee and Pemberton Visitor Centre Board of Management for endorsement.
At it's ordinary Council Meeting held on Thursday, 5 May 2016, the Shire Council was the third and final project partner to endorse the recommendations bringing them into full effect.
Specific Recommendations Endorsed by Each of the Project Partner Organisations
1. The Partners engage with the WA State Government to clarify it's willingness to relinquish the Old Pemberton School site and any applicable terms and conditions. Matters for discussion include:
- Relinquishing as an unencumbered site (ie. including the demolition of the majority of existing structures retaining a small portion of the building with heritage significance);
- Subdivision of site;
- Land holding and leasing options;
- Application of the Government Heritage Property Disposal Process; and
- Determination of a probable timeframe
2. The Partners investigate good examples of other co-location experiences and facilities in other regional towns in WA, including legal arrangements. This is for the purpose of fine-tuning the architectural brief for the facility's design that is currently in draft form.
3. Utilising existing funds committed to this project, the Partners recruit a qualified professional to draft concept plans from the architectural brief and provide estimated construction/redevelopment costs for both:
- The Old Pemberton School site; and
- The Pemberton Sports Club
4. The Partners identify potential funding sources and options for the design and construction of a new facility.