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Energy collection is back on track
Energy collection is back on track

Architects have come up with this contemporary design to house the World of Energy Collection at the new Timber Park in Manjimup.

After a period of bureaucratic limbo, plans for the $1.8 million World of Energy Collection in Manjimup Timber Park are back on the table.

The project stalled last year after the South West Development Commission advised Manjimup Shire Council funding was no longer available.

The news came as a disappointment as public consultation and the appointment of architects had gone ahead in preparation for the collection’s arrival along with $2 million for its display at the Timber Park.

But after a swathe of projectsto rejuvenate the town centre was announced under Supertowns, the World of Energy Collection is once again a contender, Manjimup Shire Council community services director Gail Ipsen Cutts said.

‘‘It is anticipated, but not confirmed, that funding to construct the new entry (to the Timber Park) and integrated World of Energy Collection will be allocated over the next few years,’’ Ms Cutts said.

‘‘It is important to note that whilst all SuperTown projects are funded on a competitive basis there is some confidence that future funding will be secured.’’

The collection charts the history of electricity generation, transmission and distribution across WA from the late 1800s and comprises items of machinery, appliances and memorabilia.

It is expected to become a tourism attraction for the town and will form part of the Timber Park’s $10 million revitalisation, which also includes a state of the art children’s playground, a new History House and refurbishments to the Roundhouse to house the Timber Museum.

The World of Energy Collection will be based in a new building which is contemporary in design but in keeping with the Timber Park’s existing theme, Ms Ipsen Cutts said.

It will also incorporate the park entry point, a cafe and a local produce display. Full designs and drawings will be completed by the end of this financial year.