A new Master Plan to guide future improvements to Eaton’s ‘hidden gem’ – Watson Reserve – has been endorsed by Council following a lengthy process of community consultation.
Planning for improvements to the popular Reserve including enhanced pathways, signage and a new picnic shelter are underway along with consideration around the addition of a new dual Noongar name, acknowledging the significance of the area to the local Aboriginal community.
The Master Plan includes a complete list of proposed improvements which will be actioned over time according to feasibility and funding.
The list was based on the outcomes of community and stakeholder consultation along with input from the new Eaton Advisory Group and the Aboriginal Elders Group.
Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said it was well recognised that Watson Reserve was highly valued by locals and visitors alike for its scenic natural setting and recreational opportunities.
“It’s very popular for socialising, exercising dogs off lead, fishing and picnics,” Cr Bennett said.
“Locals remember the area as a popular swimming spot along the river and Noongar Elders have recounted stories of it being a popular place for gathering to share food and socialise.
“It was therefore of great importance that we achieved a Master Plan which reflected the area’s significance and the community’s expectations for how it will be managed in coming years.”
You can view the Watson Reserve Master Plan via THIS LINK..