Statue area the focus of upgrades

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Construction work has begun.
Camera IconConstruction work has begun.

Work has begun on a $700,000 revamp of Alison Hartman Gardens in the centre of town.

Until May, the gardens will become a construction zone as upgrades turn the currently sparse grassed area into a multi-use community hub.

Those upgrades include installing granite paving, engraved artworks, native plants, a performance and play area, amphitheatre, shade and water fountains.

The City of Albany said the upgrades would improve the venue’s ability to host events and performances, and improve safety and amenity at night time.

Central to the upgrades are a revamp of the Mokare statue area, which stands as a homage to the indigenous leader who during British settlement played a key role in communication between the two groups.

Installed artwork will include some produced by local Menang Noongar artists, exploring local culture and detailing Mokare’s legacy to the region.

The project is being funded by the City of Albany, Lotterywest, the State Government and the Great Southern Development Commission.

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