The first draft for the new development at Collie’s Minninup Pool has been released to the public, with the Collie Shire Council seeking community response to the proposals. The development includes a family area at the main pool with new car parking, toilet and picnic facilities, as well as new viewing areas, and improved disability access, which will include an accessible fishing deck. Work is also set to be completed at the old rowing club site and the sandy beach area, with a proposed trail to connect the sandy beach with the main pool site. Collie shire chief executive David Blurton said the significance of the area to the local Noongar population was also recognised in the design phase, with signs and interpretative displays included in the plans. “It is a really significant site for the local Aboriginal people, it’s where the legendary hairy-nosed Wagyl sleeps, he created all the rivers in the South West, the Preston, the Collie and a few others as well,” he said. “He sleeps right in the main pool. “The Collie River itself is a registered Aboriginal site of significance, but you wouldn’t know that if you went to the site and pulled up now. “We want to make sure that is recognised in what we are doing and there is a lot of work happening to make sure we facilitate that.” The existing rowing club building to the south of the main pool will be retained, with similar landscaping work to be undertaken. “Around the rowing shed it is a bit of a revamp of the parking and the traffic flow, but also the landscape as well,” Mr Blurton said. “There are also a few different options around trying to facilitate a pop-up cafe business, or whether we don’t do that.” Mr Blurton said the popular picnic site was an important place for all the people of Collie. “It is a really beautiful site and we want to make sure it is something we are proud of,” he said. The council is seeking community input on the initials plans, which are available on its website. The community feedback period will remain open until September 14.