Wyndham Town Centre Consultation


On 13 August 2020, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley held another Community consultation workshop at the Peter Reid Memorial Hall in Wyndham to further discuss Wyndham's Town Revitalisation program. As such, this has been the result of what the Wyndham Community has classified as a priority: 

Culture and Heritage 

Signage 

  • Update signs for tourists to find attractions and facilities
  • Potential for dual naming for places on signs would be ideal
  • signs along the highway - entrance to town prior to
    Bonaparte Street (between existing boabs) 

Big Croc 

  • Paint big Croc
  • Potential upgrade of facilities i.e. BBQ Area
  • Pop up food vans would be good in this area

Art Centre 

  • Investigate the potential for art/cultural centre on vacant land

Public Art 

  • Public art to be installed within the croc park and to Reserve 44714 (Bonaparte) 
  • Public art at Crock Park - similar style to Warriyu 

Connection to Surrounding Environment 

Seating 

  • Keep seating the same as in croc park - it is functional
  • install more seating

Plant and
native trees 

  • Don't plant too many trees on the highway - will reduce visibility and make it difficult to see pedestrians
  • No up lighting to existing boabs - don't put lights in trees
  • Local fruit trees - mangoes? 
  • Bauhinia galpinnii
  • Whitegums
  • No Mahogany
  • Bird nesting boxes
  • Potential for Community Garden

Bins 

  • More bins 

Landscaping 

  • Use local rocks for landscaping

Reticulation 

  • Investigate retic options 

Shade 

  • More shade structures
  • Shaded walkways and shaded areas 

Improve Connectivity 

Reserve
44714
(Bonaparte
Street) 

  • Use reserve for visitor parking/long vehicle parking (caravans, boats etc.) 
  • Toilets 
  • Public Art
  • Establish a walkway/path between crock park and Reserve
  • Relocate Visitor information sign/information bay 

Lighting

  • More lighting
  • Prefer bollard lighting rather than overhead
  • Solar street lights

Footpaths 

  • Footpath to link school with rec centre
  • Upgrades needed on current footpaths - need to be disability compliant
  • Shaded walkways and shaded areas

 Building a Safer Community 

Signage 

  • Safety signage - within the Town Centre area. To advise vehicles that pedestrians/children are in the area
  • install signs - 'no airbrakes to be used in the town area' 

Pedestrian 
Crossing 

  • Install crossing point between Croc Park and across to the northern side of Welch Street
  • Need safety crossing near school & shops (with good lighting) 

Economic Opportunities

Market

  • Have a Market Day somewhere in the town centre or the reserve – if long vehicle parking is put there.

 Employment

  • Getting people involved in Shire projects (i.e training opportunities). 

Tours

  • Do a virtual historical tour and incorporate local historical/ museum in the tour

On the 19 November 2019, The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley held a Community Consultation workshop at the Peter Reid Memorial Hall in Wyndham.

The workshop was focused on revatilising the Wyndham Town Centre and over 35 community members attended to voice their ideas, concerns and options.

There were 5 Key discussion themes that linked to the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan, below are some of the ideas and comments mentioned by various community members:

 

WYNDHAM TOWN CENTRE RE-VITALISATION

 

COMMUNITY COMMENTS

PRIORITY AREAS

Improving Connectivity

  • Develop safe crossing points & pedestrian ramps
  • Need for shaded footpaths to connect for point to point
  • Maintain kerbing/ verges
  • Assess and upgrade & maintain drainage as it is affecting walkways
  • Have raised footpaths that can still be used during flooding
  • Make footpaths wider
  • Have Disability inclusion ramps onto paths
  • Trucks having issues with cars with caravans stopping in middle of road and slowing them down
  • Bypass around town for trucks and service vehicles
  • Need for measures to be put in to slow people down in cars-(especially around school areas)

Footpaths

  • Need for shaded footpaths to connect for point to point
  • Have raised footpaths that can still be used during flooding
  • Make footpaths wider

Safe Crossings

  • Develop safe crossing points & pedestrian ramps

Drainage

  • Assess and upgrade & maintain drainage as it is affecting walkways

Verges/ Kerbing

  • Maintain kerbing/ verges

Disability inclusion ramps

  • Have Disability inclusion ramps onto paths

Connection to Surrounding Environment

  • Shaded Seating (Out front of IGA and corner of Clovelly & hwy)
  • More Reticulation & upgrade existing, and move further out-Need more water/bore
  • More green grass
  • More plants
  • More native trees ( for shade, to attract birds, that will not drop branches nests etc. , low maintenance, water tolerant, Not all the same, Not thousands of boabs, fruit trees, bush tucker trees ( for fruit at Christmas time), No bougainvillea's)
  • Paint Big Croc and update signage
  • Put lights in trees at croc park
  • Welcome to Wyndham signs

 

Seating

  • Shaded Seating and corner of Clovelly & hwy)

Reticulation

  • More Reticulation & upgrade existing

Green Grass

  • More green grass

Plants & Native trees

  • More plants
  • More native trees ( for shade, to attract birds, that will not drop branches nests etc. , low maintenance, water tolerant, Not all the same, Not thousands of boabs, fruit trees, bush tucker trees ( for fruit at Christmas time), No bougainvillea's)

Big Croc

  • Paint Big Croc and update signage
  • Put lights in trees at croc park

Signage

  • Welcome to Wyndham signs

Trails

  • Bastion reserve - Three Mile Valley, Bastion walking trail, base of bastion walk

Culture & Heritage

  • Review location of heritage monuments as they may be in incorrect areas
  • Aboriginal names of trees on plinths
  • Main road to put up signage re:statue park
  • Develop interpretive signage at iconic places (big croc, etc.)
  • Update signs for tourists to find things
  • Old photos on current facilities with interpretive signage-Virtual Reality
  • Visitor servicing Grant/sponsorship for museum/ croc maps
  •  Info centre/ noticeboard crn Koolama

 

Signage

  • Main road to put up signage re: statue park
  • Update signs for tourists to find things
  • Develop interpretive signage at iconic places (big croc, etc.)

 

  • Aboriginal names of trees on plinths
  • Old photos on current facilities with interpretive signage-Virtual Reality

Town Information

  • Visitor servicing Grant/sponsorship for museum/ croc maps

Heritage monuments

  • Review location of heritage monuments as they may be in incorrect areas

Building a Safer Community

  • Review, replace and maintain all street lighting
  • Old houses need fixing or demolishing
  • Huge amount of asbestos lying around
  • Lots of rubbish lying around-need more bins in town centre
  • Need to look at measures to slow traffic down
  • Develop a safe crossing
  • Poor lighting in town
  • Lighting needed at Croc Park
  • Need no air brake signs/ change gears in town area
  • Electronic sign telling people to slow down through town centre
  • Need 90 km speed limit between 9 mile into town (lower the speed limit)
  • Side road near Ngnowar Aerwah there is a timber logs retaining wall that is rotting and people sit on it. It needs to be removed or fixed. 
  • Tourists need tip pass or skip bin available in tourist season
  • Develop a bypass
  • Watch out for wildlife signs
  • Make suitable playground for small Children
  • Put Shade Sails over playgrounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting

  • Review, replace and maintain all street lighting
  • Poor lighting in town

Rubbish

  • Lots of rubbish lying around-need more bins in town centre
  • Side road near Ngnowar Aerwah there is a timber logs retaining wall that is rotting and people sit on it. It needs to be removed or fixed. 

Traffic

  • Need to look at measures to slow traffic down
  • Need no air brake signs/ change gears in town area
  • Electronic sign telling people to slow down through town centre
  • Need for measures to be put in to slow people down in cars-(especially around school areas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promoting Sustainable Economic Growth

What would increase business in Wyndham?

  • Population Growth, things were good when we had 1,500 people in town
  • Jobs and job opportunities
  • Funding for projects that create jobs
  • We need a functioning TAFE, access to skills in town
  • TAFE only here once a month
  • Trades training in town, car mechanics, carpenters, welders
  • Free or reduce the cost of training
  • Staffing issues - people don’t have the skills to fill the jobs in town
  • Training for people to do the jobs at the port
  • A place for an art workshop where people can paint and carve and include a gallery for visitors to buy
  • Art shop to stop humbugging  
  • Include history and information about Wyndham in the art workshop
  • Get tour buses to stop in town on the way to and from the port
  • Accommodation for people wanting to work in Wyndham, there is limited housing especially for single person accommodation
  • Standard of housing in HomesWest, government worker and private rental market is poor - people won’t come because of the houses
  • No accommodation for truck drivers
  • Houses for people who want to work
  • Over crowding in some houses
  • Need to promote Wyndham in Kununurra, more signs, signs on the highway
  • Visitor Centre in Wyndham
  • Places to eat visitors chat on the 2-way about how great Wyndham looks but complain there is nowhere to eat or have a drink
  • Shared locations for business and community activities (café/eatery in the Supermarket
  • Wyndham Port Waste Water Treatment - stopping businesses in the port reopening such as the pub and new businesses starting
  • Boat Ramp maintenance - major draw card for visitors to Wyndham
  • Port Toilets
  • More money from visitors
  • Aboriginal tax or Levey start with just visitors
  • 3 key values for Wyndham to guide investment in the town and set expectations for businesses like Airbus
  • Airbus has not contributed to Wyndham, just fly in fly out workers
  • Get Airbus to shop, stay in town
  • Make the most when ministers and politicians visit the town - make the case for Wyndham, united voice of what we want and need investment in
  • Three Mile Valley maintenance - make it an attraction again
  • Create a Wyndham Leisure Centre - Air con hall, gym and a squash court

 

What opportunities are there for new businesses?

  • Visitors coming to Wyndham on the Melbourne flights
  • Start an art gallery and workshop
  • Pop up gallery
  • A place to do and sell art
  • Look at the Job Pathways Building (private ownership) or Old servo on Koolinda St
  • Visitor Centre in Wyndham
  • Places for visitors to eat
  • Café in the Port area
  • Café or food van on the Bastion/ five Rivers Lookout
  • Food van at the Port area
  • Café or eatery in the Supermarket
  • Café at the Halls Creek turn off (Cockburn Rest Area)
  • Rusty Shed Café
  • Tours, tour operators
  • Fishing tours form Wyndham Port
  • Cultural tours
  • Make the bastion more of an attraction to draw in visitors—pop up shops on the bastion
  • Worker accommodation
  • Truck drivers one bed room accommodation
  • Expand Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
  • Gym
  • Wyndham Club opening hours, serve visitors, open on Sundays
  • Expand the Port—build off existing businesses
  • Access deep water
  • Compete with Broome and Darwin
  • Access to land for exporters and new businesses
  • Shire support local businesses to grow and develop through awarding shire contracts
  • Shire jobs in town
  • Develop a cotton industry in Kununurra so that the cotton from Kununurra and Katherine comes through the Wyndham Port.
  • Promote Wyndham Port and get new businesses to export through Wyndham rather than Broome and Darwin

 

What businesses would you like to see in Wyndham?

  • Car mechanic
  • Tyre shop
  • More cafés
  • TAFE or other training providers in town
  • More competition to lower prices
  • Kununurra shops supporting the Wyndham community more, maybe some could have a Wyndham branch shop
  • Pub!
  • Furniture shop
  • Hardware store
  • 24 hr petrol station (servo)
  • We need to support existing business such as those operating through the Port, access to water is expensive
  • Get behind the live cattle industry in Wyndham, you need to give them access to water, its free in Darwin but not in Wyndham
  • Cattle operators are starting to bypass Wyndham because of the cost of water.  Broome and Darwin offer much cheaper even free water for the cattle while at the port, Wyndham are charging $4.95 per **
  • Cotton industry and a gin in Kununurra make sure the cotton comes through Wyndham Port. Cotton Growers on Katherine will bring their cotton through Wyndham then
  •  We could do with a Gym, consider putting it inside an existing shop/business so that it help the shop with more trade
  • Businesses that contribute to the Wyndham Community
  • Develop values for businesses to follow “this is our town and these are our values”
  • Set expectation of employment for local people
  • Invest in families
  • Support community and invest in the streetscape
  • Levey or tax on business to support Aboriginal people (Aboriginal Tax)
  • Businesses that create things in town for people to do
  • Get Airbus and other big businesses to employ local people, shop in town, stay in town
  • Businesses that address food affordability on town
  • More competition to lower prices so we don’t have to travel to Kununurra to shop.
  • Wyndham Leisure Centre with an indoor air conditioned hall, squash courts and gym

TAFE

 

  • Bring back TAFE in Wyndham and make sure courses match jobs in town

Art Centre or pop up gallery

 

  • Develop an Art Centre/Shop/workshop
  • Develop services for visitors and residents such as cafés

Visitors Centre

  • Marketing and promotion of Wyndham

Housing & Accomodation

  • Address housing needs
  • Worker accommodation / short stay accommodation

Maintenance 

 

  • Look after existing infrastructure in town
  • Make town a nice place to visit
  • Boat ramp

Population growth

 

  • Need to maintain and grow the population in Wyndham
  • Have Businesses that meet the needs of the community
  • Establish Businesses that create jobs

Port

 

  • Develop & Promote Wyndham Port as the premier export/import hub for the Kimberley
  • Expand the Port to create sustainable jobs for Wyndham

Business Ideas

 

  • Community Gym
  • Food businesses to serve visitors and local
  • Trade businesses - car mechanic, maintenance etc.
  • Use Shire managed land for local business opportunities
  • Improve the procurement process for small local businesses so they can win Shire work

Other Economic Development ideas

  • Develop a Wyndham Plan capturing Wyndham’s values to guide investment in the town
  • Develop a Wyndham plan to capture more revenue from visitors

 

 

The Shire would like to thank those that attended the November workshop, and would like to advise that a follow up session will be held late March (date & time yet to be confirmed) to discuss the following:

Clarification of priorities:

  • Review and discuss that the information collected is a true reflection of the community's comments and to ascertain, as a community, what the priorities should be

 

Discussion of potential partnerships:

  • Discuss what projects/ideas are within the Shire's capacity to undertake
  • Discuss what projects/ideas the Shire can advocate on the community's behalf to local stakeholders, State and Federal Governments.
  •  Discuss how projects/ideas are considered, planned for and incorporated into the Shire budget and operational plans of the immediate, middle and longer term

 If you would like to be involved or find out further information please contact Jennifer Ninyette, Manager Planning and Regulatory Services on 9168 4100.

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