Work has officially begun on a new multipurpose facility at the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park, which will transform the Western Australian town and bring clean energy and new community services to South West Western Australia.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the South West Energy Experience, including a museum exhibition space, visitor service centre and café and function area, will make the park a much nicer and more interesting place for both locals and tourists.

“The South West Energy Experience is one of eight components of a revitalisation plan for Manjimup’s town centre. The aim is to transform the 10-hectare plot of land into a buzzing regional tourism precinct and community hub,” Mr Wilson said.

“This $5.9 million project will not only increase liveability and community connections but will drive tourism growth, increasing the number of visitors to South West WA by almost 30,000 people each year.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project is a huge investment in Manjimup, set to support 26 jobs during construction and create a further seven jobs once complete.

“The facility will inject a healthy $1.5 million each year into the regional economy, which will continue to promote economic growth in Manjimup long after the project is completed,” Mr McCormack said.

“A major aspect of this facility is its clean energy features, including a solar energy system that will provide the majority of the building’s power and a rainwater collections system.”

Shire of Manjimup President Paul Omodei said it’s exciting to see the construction works commencing on the South West Energy Experience – a facility that will attract visitors to the town centre and encourage them to stay.  

“The Shire is pleased to be custodians of the nationally significant Energy Collection and we look forward to housing it in this new multipurpose facility,” Cr Omodei said.

The $5,950,500 project was jointly funded with the

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