General Appearance 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 State Winner for General Appearance:
State finalists for the 2017 General Appearance Award were:
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Community Building Improvements
Yalgoo is a small town, 500 kms north east of Perth, with most service buildings located in the main street. Due to frequent cleanups and litter education, the street is litter free and the nature strips are well maintained. Yalgoo’s recreational infrastructure, which includes a skate park, water park, playgrounds and newly created community gardens, add to the pleasant visual amenity of the main street.
This year the Yalgoo community, from young children to Meedac workers, school and shire employees have been working hard to improve the appearance of the Shire’s Community Hall.
The outcome of this work is evident in the attractive outdoor areas taking shape. These areas include: pathways of stone, recycled timber and colourful mosaics; recycled and painted concrete containers; vegetable beds; and areas ready for screen planting, bush tucker plants, shaded seating and fruit trees.
The Augusta streetscape project is an initiative of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. Initial projects included wooden planter boxes along the main street, the installation of garden beds and the establishment of a catch-up corner which includes newly constructed timber benches. A local artist designed bicycle racks and pooch parking poles which feature paintings of dogs. Over the past year, the project has grown to include the artistic abalone wall and garden at the front of the old post office building. All street gardens now include water-wise and hardy plants suitable for the local weather and environment.
Many volunteers and community members have been involved in the building and maintenance of the streetscape. The men’s shed contributed their time to build the planter boxes and paved the catch-up area, while local students have been growing the flowers to be planted in the planter boxes. As a result of this project, the presentation of the main town site has improved greatly, creating an inviting and attractive place to visit.
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Home Island Back Laneway Project
The Home Island Back Laneway Project has included paving of back laneways, clearing debris and painting throughout the Kampong (traditional village). This project commenced in July 2016 with a dedicated Shire team making 1650 bricks per day from cement and reclaimed beach sand.
Clearing the laneway has ensured the access around the Kampong housing is free of debris, can be accessed by vehicles, including firetrucks and is designed to improve drainage and decrease flooding risk. New fencing has also allowed for the clear identification of the rear boundaries of each property. This project has also created jobs for 12 local people who were previously unemployed.
Collie's CBD has undergone a revitalisation that has seen a dramatic and positive change to the town centre. This past year has seen the completion of stage 2 of this revitalisation project. Projects included the landscaping of Forrest Street with water wise plants, landscaping under the foot bridge, installation of art work and landscaping at the front of the Art Gallery, planting of Jacarandas at the western entrance of the town, new signage to encourage locals and visitors to explore the town on foot and a new mural designed and painted by Collie youth during their annual festival.
This new park and its surrounds have provided locals with a fun, family friendly location in which families can use barbecues, play in the water park and enjoy a coffee at the new kiosk housed in a converted railway carriage. The general appearance of the town area has been greatly enhanced by this project which has been well planned and executed by a group of dedicated individuals.
“Heartwalk” is a two year public art project that seeks to revitalise the Kalgoorlie CBD and increase foot traffic through the installation of professionally curated, high quality painted murals, completed in May 2017.
Local, Indigenous and West Australian professional artists were employed to create high quality murals in the windows of empty shops and blank walls in strategically selected locations throughout the CBD, helping to transform the struggling city centre into a vibrant arts and cultural precinct.
The installation of 20+ murals has given the CBD an instant facelift.
The main street of Wongan Hills provides an inviting and pleasant impression of the town with building frontages clean and neat and the streets litter-free.
The town’s gardens have been converted to water-wise native plants with the areas of the Shire Administration building, the CRC, the Visitor Complex and the Station all being planted with Wheatbelt plants. The garden near the Visitor Centre features endangered plants of the area. This was done in collaboration with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions.
Large plantings of everlastings down the main street and in front of the barracks make a great display in Spring. In addition, a revegetation project has been undertaken at the Sports Centre and the main street has been resurfaced for a clean and neat appearance.