Today we checked out the new Central Park development, right in the middle of town.
Conveniently located in the CBD, the park is fully accessible all year round and features grassed picnic areas, free electric barbecues, tables and seating, landscaping, toilets and change rooms as well as the magnificent water playground and Wagon 537.
It’s a great place to spend an afternoon whether in the warmer or cooler months. The playground is well shaded with trees for the warmer months and close by is a beautiful gazebo for Mum and Dad.
Now with the Wagon 537 located on site, you can grab a picnic lunch and coffee and either utilize the picnic tables or borrow a rug from the lovely staff of the wagon and have a picnic on the lawn under the shady trees.
At the western end of the Park sits the Bendigo Bank, Collie Music Shell, a proven hit with locals and visitors alike, the shell has featured music acts and been host to an outdoor cinema in the warmer months.
Beyond the Music Shell, just over the railway crossing sits the new Collie Art Gallery, the culmination of 40 years of passionate lobbying, planning and fundraising. It was also the first time a purpose-built A-class public art gallery had been opened in WA since the Art Gallery of WA in the 1970s.
The design includes 150 square metres of gallery space, a 50-square-metre studio and storage and working space, designed to allow the gallery to host exhibitions of national and international significance.
Collie Art Gallery was built as part of the Shire of Collie’s SuperTowns program and was made possible with funding from the Shire of Collie, Royalty for Regions and a half million dollar donation from the Collie & Districts Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank. Funding was also provided by Lotterywest and the Coal Miners’ Welfare Board to assist with internal fit out.
Since it opened Collie Art Gallery has hosted many significant exhibitions and welcomes inquiries from artists and their representatives.
The gallery offers a diverse range of workshops and development programs suitable for artists at all levels, from primary-school-aged children right through to seniors, absolute beginners to experienced artists. Artists with skills to share are encouraged to hold workshops at the gallery.
The gallery also offers a unique range of mainly hand-made crafts and artwork by local artisans for sale in the gallery’s gift shop.
Cool relief in the middle of town
Set in the middle of town as the centerpiece of the new Collie Central Park development, the Collie Splash Pad offers cool relief for locals and tourists alike with 45 randomly sequenced ground sprays and fountains.
Taking only 7 days in total to complete, the exposed aggregate splah pad features large and small ground sprays operating at random intervals to deliniate various zones and “water rooms” and to keep kids guessing about which spray will come on next. Three bronze lizard sculptures help give the park some additional character.
The overhead shade sails help keep users sun-safe under the mid-day sun and a series of in-ground lights make the park as much of a feature at night as it is during the day.