Vision to revitalise Pinnaroo given go-ahead

The Pinnaroo Village Green Masterplan, a new vision to revitalise the town, has been given the green-light by the Southern Mallee District Council and the local community.

Endorsed at a council meeting last week, the long-term plan has seven stages for completion.

The seven-stage plan includes a 'big' attraction such as an animated sculpture with lookout and lighting as well as walking and cycling trails, a bike track, skate facilities, new playgrounds, improved museum entry, refurbishment of the war memorial, a civic square, new seasonal wetland, improved access and parking for caravans, RVs and large vehicles and substantial landscaping.

Southern Mallee Mayor Andrew Grieger said the community input had helped shape the plan, with 80 per cent of community consultation respondents offering support for the vision.

"From the very early planning stages in 2019, local residents have been committed to adding their voices to this project," he said.

"More than 160 people - from school children to the elderly - have offered their ideas and aspirations for Pinnaroo and those have played a valuable part in shaping this final plan.

Mr Grieger said the plan would transform the region and attract visitors and locals to relax and spend time exploring the town.

"With the addition of some impressive recreation facilities - and a yet-to-be-designed 'big' artwork - this plan will put Pinnaroo on the map as a 'must stop' destination for the thousands of travellers who pass through each year, adding economic benefits for our region," he said.

Since public consultation additions were made which included:

  • Adding a one-way vehicle circulation route around the museum
  • Providing substantial long vehicle parking
  • Removing two of the northern pedestrian paths
  • Adding a larger forecourt area in front of the museum

The council wants to start stage 1 of the plan as soon as possible with funding of $500,000 it recevied through round two of the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program.

The works would include new street trees, improving the entry plaza and landscaping around the museum, formalising the RV/Caravan and large vehicle pull in and turn around area, adding a pull in bay for short-term parking and drop-offs, and a large vehicle access road and parking area.

For more information on the project, visit www.southernmallee.sa.gov.au.