Determining Priorities for Avondale

The National Trust is conducting consultation about the future of Avondale.

Avondale is a place of regional and State heritage significance, intertwining the history of early European settlement, culture and tradition of the Ballardong Aboriginal people and a journey that envelops the development of agriculture in this state.

Avondale should be a place that integrates natural, Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage in a sustainable way to provide farm-based educational and tourism experiences generating social, economic and environmental benefit to the local, regional and wider community.

 

Background

A Master Plan for Avondale, prepared by the Avondale Farm Project Association Inc (AFPA), in partnership with the National Trust of Western Australia (NTWA), was finalised in May 2011.  This document provides a comprehensive review of the operations, significance of this important site and suggests priorities for ongoing management.

 

A steering committee guided the process and comprised representatives from AFPA, NTWA, the Shire of Beverley and local Aboriginal groups. Their vision for the place is:

Avondale is a place of regional and State heritage significance, intertwining the history of early European settlement, culture and tradition of the Ballardong Aboriginal people and a journey that envelops the development of agriculture in this state.

Avondale should be a place that integrates natural, Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage in a sustainable way to provide farm-based educational and tourism experience generating social, economic and environmental benefit to the local, regional and wider community. (Avondale Master Plan p4)

 

Translating the vision into reality will see Avondale retained and enhanced as a scenically attractive, operating Western Australian wheat belt farm where the community can experience, enjoy and learn about:

  • Aboriginal heritage and caring for country
  • best practice management of the natural environment within an operating farm setting
  • best practice farming in the Western Australian wheatbelt
  • the history of farming in Western Australia

The key to achieving social and economic sustainability is attracting greater visitation through enhanced infrastructure, visitor facilities, presentation and interpretation of places, processes and artefacts. Retaining an active farming operation is considered crucial.  Keeping Avondale in sound condition and open to the public relies heavily on the work of experienced staff and volunteers who in turn need support and encouragement to maintain enthusiasm.

Bringing the public facilities (museum, picnic area, lavatories) up to an acceptable standard and conserving the historic buildings is a very high priority, as these are the main visitor attractions of the place.

 

Key community issues considered for incorporation in the Master Plan include Avondale:

  • as a focus of community co-operation and activity
  • as a tourist destination and passive recreational facility for the community and visitors
  • as an opportunity to share with the broader community the experience of farming activities and “farm life” for both simple enjoyment and deeper educational benefit
  • as a place to learn about, put into practice and demonstrate to others, principles of integrating best practice environmental and farming management
  • as a place to learn about, put into practice and demonstrate to others, aspects of Aboriginal cultural heritage and caring for the land
  • as a place that could be a venue for farm and landcare training
  • as a place that could be a venue for appropriate natural resource-based enterprises.

 

Priorities

Key priorities outlined in the Master Plan are outlined here with those identified as of high priority listed first. We welcome your thoughts, ideas and proposals on these identified priorities and any other suggestions to make Avondale an appealing and sustainable tourism destination valued and promoted by the local community.

 

We would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete this survey to assist the National Trust of Western Australia in planning the future of Avondale.

 

.Avondale survey

 

 

The National Trust of Western Australia and Shire of Beverley are prioritising the recommendations of the Avondale Master Plan and welcome your comments and thoughts on how to best focus on the development of the place. You can print a copy of the survey if you wish.

Please send your comments to:

The Shire of Beverley

http://www.beverley.wa.gov.au/

or

The National Trust of Western Australia

trust@ntwa.com.au

Your feedback will assist the National Trust to develop strategies

to enhance visitor experiences and increase community use at

Avondale – a significant Western Australian heritage place