Million-dollar infrastructure projects aim to put Cranbrook on the map

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Amber-Rose Taitapanui, Kyle Armstrong, Skye Szlazac, Abbey Tomlinson and Rick Wilson test the strength of new play equipment at Frederick Square.
Camera IconAmber-Rose Taitapanui, Kyle Armstrong, Skye Szlazac, Abbey Tomlinson and Rick Wilson test the strength of new play equipment at Frederick Square. Credit: supplied

The Shire of Cranbrook has capitalised on a million-dollar Federal funding injection with the opening of three new major infrastructure projects.

Local governments were eligible for up to $1 million under the Drought Communities Program Extension, which the Shire used for a new playground at the Cranbrook Community Precinct, a lookout at Sukey Hill, and drainage works in Frankland River.

Shire representatives joined O’Connor MHR Rick Wilson to open the $700,000 Cranbrook Community Precinct earlier this month.

The precinct was partially funded by the DCPE program.

Neeksha Fish, Kyle Armstrong, Arthur Dodson
Camera IconNeeksha Fish, Kyle Armstrong, Arthur Dodson

“Cranbrook is a fantastic shire that I visit often, and these major infrastructure projects will ensure it becomes an even better place for adults and children,” Mr Wilson said.

“The new Cranbrook Community Precinct at Frederick Square includes a shelter, barbecue area and nature and water playground with flying fox and obstacle course for local and visiting kids.

“Aside from providing a fantastic facility for local families, it’s anticipated that this key piece of social infrastructure will encourage visitors to stay longer in Cranbrook, thereby boosting the economy of the town and surrounding areas.” The Sukey Hill lookout cost about $230,000, while the Frankland River drainage upgrade cost about $335,000.

The new Sukey Hill lookout, which benefited from Federal funding.
Camera IconThe new Sukey Hill lookout, which benefited from Federal funding.

“The Sukey Hill lookout provides spectacular views to the Stirling Range,” Mr Wilson said.

“A concrete apron leading to the platform and sealing of the carpark there will enable people with caravans and those unable to drive or walk on uneven gravel surfaces to enjoy the panorama.”

Mr Wilson said the Frankland River drainage project had more than tripled the amount of water captured at the Frankland River Dam.

“This will enable the Shire to look to develop public open spaces in Frankland River that are currently vacant land,” he said.

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