Things are Changing at Wallaroo
No longer a sleepy town where nothing changes, Wallaroo is on the move. There are a number of changes being made with more to come. Some of the projects are inter-dependent, needing one thing to be finished before another can start. Here are some of the things underway, all of which will be for the better.
New Town Centre
A new shopping centre has been built and is now open. There is a huge new supermarket, a bottle shop and several specialty shops some of which are available for lease. No more complaints about parking. There is now more available than is likely to be needed. This all started when the old bowling and croquet club facilities, which used to occupy one side of Owen Terrace, Wallaroo's main shopping street, were demolished. This is the area where the new facilities are.. The first stage of redevelopment was the upgrade to Owen Terrace. Levels have been changed so that the old, much disliked high kerb is a thing of the past. The road has been raised so that the kerb is of "normal " height, and the road has been resurfaced. Some of the trees have been removed. The children's playground although in more or less the original position, has been extended, with plenty of new equipment provided to interest the children. It is complete and in use. The road from Owen Terrace to the jetty has been repositioned and has a large roundabout which gives access to the new off street parking near the new shops.
Stage one of the foreshore redevelopment is complete. It would be fair to say that in the past, there was "a bit of everything" along the foreshore, with no uniformity. The first stage of the foreshore redevelopment is in the area between the jetty and the ferry terminal. It involves placement of rocks, building of viewing platforms with seating, and shade sails for Office Beach. Everything is done in a uniform style bringing some continuity to our foreshore. The kiosk has also been upgraded and is now known as "Cafe Mia"
Sailing Club Extensively Rebuilt
The Wallaroo Sailing Club occupies a prime site on the foreshore, and it would be fair to say that it was looking rather tired, and not in keeping with the other improvements on the foreshore. No more! The clubhouse has been extended, and remodelled, and though it uses some of the former building, it looks brand new. Given it's location and the view from the windows, it will undoubtedly be popular as a venue for weddings and conferences as well as its club activities.
New shopping centre from Owen Terrace
From the extensive parking lot