A Master Plan outlining proposed improvements to major Ferguson Valley tourist attraction Gnomesville has been unveiled by the Shire of Dardanup and community input is now being sought on its direction.
Included in proposed upgrades are:
- pop-up visitor centre
- accessible toilets
- upgraded carparking
- small viewing decks
- shade shelter with seating
- directional signage
- elevated bridge across the creek
- improved, accessible pathways
Director of Engineering and Development Services Luke Botica said the draft Master Plan was developed by Council’s Gnomesville Working Group and approved by Council at its meeting on December 12.
“The plan aims to improve site safety and provide universal access to key routes throughout the site while preserving the attraction’s original character,” Mr Botica said.
The concept plan was developed according to this guiding statement:
“Recognising the unique character of the Gnomesville site as an important tourism destination, develop a Master Plan for Gnomesville to guide future development in a sensitive and sustainable manner, providing an enhanced visitor experience through improved access, safety, amenity and environment while respecting the rights of adjoining private property owners.”
Council also agreed at its December 12 meeting to consider allocating $50,000 in its 2019/20 Budget to commence works outlined in the Master Plan with additional funding grants now being sought.