Feedback sought on makeover for Riflebutts playground area

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is seeking feedback on a proposed makeover for the Riflebutts reserve.
Camera IconThe Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is seeking feedback on a proposed makeover for the Riflebutts reserve. Credit: Russell Ord

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River residents have been asked what they’d like to see for the future of Riflebutts amid community concerns about another expensive Shire project.

The Shire is holding public consultation on a makeover for the reserve abutting the popular dog beach, with feedback to close on February 25.

Project planning officer Susan Elton said the Shire was keen to create a “bespoke, inclusive playspace that’s fun for all ages and abilities”, plus additional shade structures, seating and pathway upgrades.

The reserve and playground catered to residents as well as visitors, who the Shire said stayed for a considerable length of time.

“We have a draft design, but we’re keen to make sure we’re on the right track,” Ms Elton said.

“Riflebutts is a well-used and well-loved park and the best way to ensure it stays that way is to create a space that works for everyone who wants to use it.”

Shire sustainable development and infrastructure director Nick Logan urged residents to have their say via the YourSay website.

“Our role is to provide facilities that the community really want,” he said.

“The more people share their views with us, the easier it is for us to ensure we create the best spaces for everyone to enjoy.”

Margaret River Coastal Residents Association president Adrian Wilson was cautious about the costs involved.

“I am worried that the proposed playground upgrade to Riflebutts is more of an expensive design statement which is located a long way from most of the kids in Margaret River,” Mr Wilson said.

“We are seeing rapid population growth in Margaret River and surrounds.

“Should a major play upgrade be better located in town where more kids can enjoy without the need to drive?”

Mr Wilson also warned about an increase in coastal traffic closer to Gnarabup and Prevelly once the Westin Margaret River Resort & Spa comes online.

Previous efforts by Margaret River Rotary to develop a nature playground were thwarted by the Shire council in 2017, with members sending the plan back to the drawing board, which remains ongoing.

Visit yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/riflebutts-playspace or call 9757 2512 for more information.

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