The Shire’s Strategic Community Plan 2017-27 is the Council’s principal 10-year strategy and planning tool. The Plan shares our visions and aspirations for the future and outlines how we will, over the next decade, work towards a brighter future for the Narrogin community. One of the key features of the Plan is community engagement and the critical part it plays in influencing the Shire’s strategic direction and seeks to achieve the community’s long term vision.

A strong area of focus for the Community Development team is the Strategic Community Plan’s Social Objective to provide community facilities and promote social interaction. Key outcomes are:

  • Provision of youth services
  • Build a healthier and safer community
  • Existing strong community spirit and pride is fostered, promoted and encouraged
  • Cultural and heritage diversity is recognised
  • A broad range of quality education services and facilities serving the region.

If you are interested in learning more about the Shire of Narrogin’s Community Development initiatives or would like to discuss a potential community development idea with someone please contact the Community Development Officer, on (08) 9890 0900 or email cdo@narrogin.wa.gov.au

Completed Projects

The Disability Access & Inclusion Plan represents the Shire’s commitment to make Narrogin an inclusive and accessible community.   

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The Gnarojin Park Masterplan is an overarching concept plan for the Park developed through site analysis and policy analysis and community consultation. It comprises design components and strategies that are about maintaining the significant features of the park whilst improving this open space for the community’s use.
The Shire of Narrogin will be contracting heritage consultants to undertake a Cultural Heritage Survey as a first step to implementing the proposals within the Masterplan.  

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The Public Art Strategy & Masterplan is a foundation for the development of public art within the Shire of Narrogin. The strategy incorporates existing artworks, whilst exploring a vision for public art themes and narratives for the Shire and identifying the type of public art best suited to the Shire’s needs and the best sites and locations for these artworks.

 

The Shire is currently identifying funding sources for new public art projects for Narrogin.

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In 2017/18 Council allocated a budget to support the development of the Narrogin Walk Trails Masterplan with the aim of  capitalising on its natural reserves through walk trails and to  explore the ways in  which a revamped CBD heritage walk could be connected to trails in the reserves on Narrogin’s  doorstep.

 

The Narrogin Walks Trail Masterplan has been developed to provide direction to the upgrading, development and maintenance work of existing walk trails within the Shire’s reserves on Narrogin’s doorstep.

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The CBD Interpretive Signage Project will see 25 interpretive signs in anodised sketched aluminium on pedestal posts installed at strategic points in the CBD, complete with trail directional markers and a trail head sign located outside the Dryandra Country Visitors Centre in Park Street.  This project has been inspired by former local honorary historian Maurie White’s 1988 booklet “Timescape – A Heritage Walk around the town centre of Narrogin”. Ten of the interpretive signs were installed in June 2019. The trail will be fully completed by June 2020.

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This document was prepared by consultants to explore the feasibility of developing a pump track in Narrogin and a network of mountain bike trails. The Feasibility Study found there is currently a shortage of pump and jump track facilities in the Wheatbelt Region and that there is demand for a facility in Narrogin, as identified through the online community engagement process.

 

The Feasibility Study was presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 12 July 2019 and public comment then sought.  Council will consider those comments in February 2020 before deciding to adopt the document.  

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The Gnarojin Creek Revitalisation Project art project ran between mid-2010 and 2013 and involved the design, construction and installation of a number of public artworks helping to revitalise the creek’s walking trail and public space.

This project had four stages and resulted in four pieces of public art which included;

  • Stage One – The Rainbow Serpent
  • Stage Two - Boomerang Seats
  • Stage Three – Narrogin Poles
  • Stage Four – The Charrnock Woman

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Upper Great Southern Building Sustainable Clubs Program (2018 – 2020)

Every Club was funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). The program was a partnership between the Shires of Narrogin, Wickepin, Cuballing, Wagin, Brookton and Pingelly to support and enhance the sustainability and capacity of sporting and recreation organisations. It offered a collaborative approach to delivery utilising Community Resource Centres.

 

The Shire produces and emails a regular newsletter to ensure clubs have the latest information in regards to grants and workshops. Sign up here.

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Ongoing Projects

The Shire of Narrogin hosts a free Australia Day celebration commencing with a barbeque breakfast followed by a program of local entertainment and presentation of the Australia Day Citizen of the year Awards.

 

Nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award open on 1 September and close on 31 October each year. The online nomination form can be found in the link below.

 

Citizen of the Year Award – Online nomination

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NAIDOC Week is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

The Shire of Narrogin celebrates our Indigenous community with an Opening Ceremony which includes Welcome to Country by a local Elder, speeches and performances of traditional song and dance by members of the local Noongar community.

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The Shire of Narrogin celebrates and recognises volunteer’s invaluable contributions to the community via a Sundowner event at the end of each year.

 

Volunteering provides an opportunity for people to become an active member in the community, while helping others. With over 120 community and sporting clubs located in and around Narrogin, there are many opportunities for anyone wishing to volunteer. Resources can be found in the links below:

Narrogin Online Directory

Volunteering WA

GoVolunteer

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Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives and create and enjoy activities and events.

 

The Shire of Narrogin partners with local youth service providers to develop and provide support through sponsorship for a range of activities and events during this week specifically for youth.

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This program provides opportunities for medical students from Notre Dame and Curtin Universities to experience life in the Country.

As part of their curriculum, 160 medical students from Western Australian universities spend 4 days in towns across the Wheatbelt to learn about rural life.

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In the Pipeline

For Railway Station, Goods Shed and Loading Platform

When a building can no longer function with its original use, the proposing a new function is inevitable in order to preserve the significance of the heritage building.

 

The process of re-purposing the Railway Station and the Railway Goods Shed through the development of an Adaptive Reuse Strategy for both buildings will require consultation with the Shire as well as other stakeholders and extensive community consultation.

 

The Shire views the future re-use of both the Narrogin Railway Station and the Railway Goods Shed as contributing to Narrogin’s development and the creation of a diverse and vibrant local economy and community.

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The Shire of Narrogin commissioned a consultant in 2018 to map out a pathway to sustainable tourism experiences that provide a compelling reason for people to visit and stay (longer) in Narrogin.

 

Narrogin’s key assets are its people, nature and heritage. It is also only a short, easily accessible drive from Perth and it can capitalise on the fact there is currently a renaissance towards regional, short breaks from city life where people can re-engage with nature. 

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This project will invite local Noongars to speak of their history and culture. The intent of this project is to move towards recording material to later inform the content of interpretive signage associated with sites of significance identified by Noongar people.

 

It will also explore the potential to work with the local Noongar community to examine the names of places significant to Noongars which may attract dual naming in the town site.

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This work is all part of long-term planning in regard to ensuring Narrogin is a welcoming and inclusive place for people from all backgrounds to work, live and visit. It is supported by the Shire’s vision it its Strategic Community Plan 2017- 2027 - to ensure Narrogin is “A leading regional economic driver and a socially interactive and inclusive community”.

 

The Shire aims to host its first Multicultural community event in 2021. If you would like to contribute ideas for this event in Narrogin please email cdo@narrogin.wa.gov.au

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