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Be heard on Narrogin lookout issue
Narrogin Mayor Don Ennis and chief executive Aaron Cook

Narrogin residents have until Wednesday to have their voices heard regarding the proposed $31 million training institute facility planned for Lions Lookout.

Narrogin Mayor Don Ennis said the proposed facility would consolidate the three existing training institute facilities in Narrogin into one location, but the council needed to commit to handing over two Crown reserves to the Department of Training and Workforce Development for the project to go ahead.

“It will bring many benefits as far as we’re concerned to both the town and the region and the proposed Tafe (training institute) will bring to Narrogin a complete comprehensive education system in conjunction with the agricultural college outside of town which will complement the new facility,” he said.

“Having the new facility in the area will be an economic driver for Narrogin and the greater Narrogin area for years to come and will also bring increased employment.

“The biggest problem the town has had is the loss of the youth and we hope this will counteract that to a great deal.”

Mr Ennis said the project was ranked as the number one project within the Department of Training and Workforce on their four-year plan.

He said the view from Lions Lookout over the town would not be obscured by the development and visitors would still have access to the lookout.

The department has about $2.3 million secured and Mr Ennis said if they could secure the rest of the money reasonably soon he hoped to see action on the project within the next year.

Comments on the proposal should to be addressed to the chief executive and sent to the Town of Narrogin no later than the close of business on Wednesday, November 21.

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