The under-construction Waroona Community Precinct has been given an official name as the opening date is set in stone. The $7 million project will be known as Railside Park, with Shire president Mike Walmsley stating the new name reflects the historical roots of the town. “The name Railside Park pays homage to a pivotal moment in our local history — the completion of the Perth to Picton railway in 1893,” he said. “This significant milestone opened up our district to new opportunities and connections, paving the way for the prosperity and development that followed.” The development site is located on the opposite side of Fouracre Street to the Waroona railway station and also has frontage to South Western Highway. In its early days, the railway line connected the town to the State, with mail and groceries coming in and produce from farmers being hauled to nearby communities. It also was a driving force for the State’s timber industry. The park’s new name pays homage to that time, alongside a nod to skaters who will use the rail on skate equipment at the park to perform tricks. Names for specific sections of the park have also been revealed. The skating section of the facility will be known as Skatewave Skatepark following a successful competition entry by Year 5 student Evelyn Woodley. Railside Park’s native six-season garden will get the name of Noongar Maar-keny Bonar, meaning Noongar six season, following consultation with the Waroona Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation. Cr Walmsley said elements of the park would be officially opened on December 12, with the full development to be opened to the public in February next year. “As we continue to build upon our rich heritage, Railside Park will stand as a reminder of our collective journey and the story that has defined us throughout the years,” Mr Walmsley said. “My hope is that Railside Park will become the new heart of our town, bringing together locals and visitors and providing a catalyst for the revitalisation to come.” The development has been funded by the Federal Government, State Government departments and agencies, the Shire of Waroona, the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund and the Lions Club of Waroona.