WITHERS is set to shrug off its shaky reputation and step into a brighter future with help from its residents.
The City of Bunbury and the South West Development Commission have put a call out to the community to help shape an improvement plan for the suburb.
The feedback will influence a new urban renewal strategy that is in the works.
Residents can have their say by completing a survey or attending a community consultation session.
City of Bunbury chief executive officer Andrew Brien said he believed Withers was “one of the best undiscovered places in Australia”.
“You’ve got the ocean, sporting facilities, the health campus – if you actually take a look at what the suburb has to offer, it’s got a lot going for it and has huge potential,” Mr Brien said.
Mr Brien said an important part of improvement would be creating connectivity across the suburb and refurbishing the facilities that already existed.
South West Development Commission chief executive officer Don Punch said community input would be valuable in creating a pathway forward.
“At the end of this process, we want to have a plan that reflects the values and wishes of the community that we can use to guide the development of Withers in the years ahead,” he said.
“Together we can make Withers an even better place to live.”
How to have your say
• Online – Surveys can be completed at www.yoursaybunbury.com.au
• Survey forms are available to fill in at the Withers Library, Hudson Road Family Centre and South West Sports Centre.
• Thursday August 23, 4pm to 6pm, Minninup Forum – fill out a survey for your chance to win a $200 Woolworths voucher
• People representing government and non-govern ment organisations are invited to attend a forum today from 1pm to 2.30pm at the City of Bunbury