WHEN the new Douglas Shire Council commences next year it will be presented with reports recommending the development of complex water and landscape plans.
Transfer manager Jeff Tate has been working with others behind the scenes to develop comprehensive reports, amalgamating previous reports, documents and plans, to present to the new council on January 1.
The process of reviewing all of the previous data is to identify key issues, considering the region has no dams or contingency plans for the future sustainability of water.
‘‘There is a lot of controversy around various aspects of water in the Douglas Shire and there has been a lot of work done,’’ Mr Tate said.
‘‘It’s important the new council comes up to speed on what has been done in the past, what work is being now and summarise all of those reports to identify any gaps in them.
‘‘We really need a comprehensive water plan with a higher degree of integration and to include water security and the issues around water supply.’’
Water infrastructure will be included in the summarising report and a separate report on landscapes will also be developed, detailing both natural and built landscapes across the region.
‘‘The intention is to put that information to the new council and discuss with them the need for a comprehensive landscape plan across the whole council area,’’ Mr Tate said.
‘‘It would include nailing down the landscape style for various townships in the council area, recognising they are different and also their role in the natural landscape, to deal with things like where we would plant indigenous species versus introduced species.
‘‘ The town planning scheme intends to guide both the developers and council but this is only one component – this report will put a bit more detail around what the council needs to be doing in its own public space.’’
Mr Tate said work was proceeding on strategic issues, including economic development and a community engagement plan, and these will also be workshopped with the elected council over the coming months.
WATER ON THE AGENDA: Jeff Tate is preparing a report