Have a say on town plan

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES | TRADES & SERVICES GUIDE - By MAR­GARET O’ROURKE City of Greater Bendigo Mayor

HAVE you had your say on the Heath­cote Town­ship Plan yet? You might have filled out an on­line sur­vey that has been cir­cu­lated in re­cent weeks.

The town­ship plan will pro­vide a frame­work for the growth of Heath­cote and con­sider is­sues around hous­ing, com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, trans­port, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices.

A key fo­cus of the plan will be how to ac­com­mo­date growth while re­tain­ing Heath­cote’s unique char­ac­ter.

The 2014 Greater Bendigo Res­i­den­tial Strat­egy iden­ti­fied Heath­cote as an es­tab­lished area with a good range of ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties and a com­mu­nity ap­petite to grow.

There is no cur­rent land use plan for Heath­cote, de­spite the town grow­ing by an av­er­age of 25 dwellings a year for the past six years.

Com­mu­nity in­put into the plan is crit­i­cal. A Com­mu­nity Ref­er­ence Group is be­ing es­tab­lished, which will pro­vide lo­cal knowl­edge and act as a sound­ing board for ideas for the growth of Heath­cote.

If you think you would like to be in­volved, con­tact us on 5434 6000 or email rs­den­quiries@bendigo.vic.gov.au to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Flag poles have now been or­dered by the Heath­cote Tourism Board and we are now wait­ing for them to ar­rive. The city’s works team will in­stall the poles when they are de­liv­ered, which we ex­pect will be in the com­ing weeks.

You may also be in­ter­ested in see­ing the up­dated 2016 cen­sus in­for­ma­tion for Heath­cote and Dis­trict which can be found at http://pro­file.id.com.au/bendigo

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