The heart of Waroona is starting to feel a pulse again after its revitalisation strategy was launched last week. The strategy — which will be finalised next month — was launched at the Peel Chamber of Commerce and industry’s October Business After Hours event on Wednesday. The revitalisation project has been headed by the Waroona Town Centre Task Force, which was established in March and consists of business owners, community groups and residents. Community engagement for the revitalisation strategy began in August and was developed further during October, with the final report set to be delivered in November. Waroona Shire president Mike Walmsley said the Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy — which includes the Waroona Community Precinct — was set to guide development and enhance the character and charm of the townsite. “Council is very keen to partner with local business in helping attract funding to this vision and hopefully provide the platform to see future investment and attraction for all businesses that operate throughout the Shire,” he said on Thursday. “Last night was a tremendous turnout of businesses across the region that visited our Shire and for us to share what we envisage for our town centre.” Peel CCI Waroona Business Support Group chair Bronwyn Chompff-Gliddon said the new Waroona town centre would turn the CBD into a “beautiful” destination for travellers. “We see it as a big opportunity for an upgrade for business,” she said. “For so long it has been a town where people just pass through . . . (this) might just encourage people to get out, stop and explore.” The Shire said in promotional material it was seeking government funding for projects focused on economic support and regeneration of the town over the next decade. Work on the community precinct is set to start early in 2022 and has been boosted by the announcement of $900,000 from the Federal Government earlier this month. Canning MHR Andrew Hastie — who was in attendance at the event — said the investment would deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the region.