Re­tail pol­icy needs feed­back

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Moira Shire Coun­cil is seek­ing feed­back from busi­ness, re­tail­ers and the com­mu­nity on its draft re­tail pol­icy frame­works for Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga.

Moira Shire in­fra­struc­ture gen­eral man­ager An­drew Close said coun­cil had com­mis­sioned in­de­pen­dent ex­perts to pre­pare a draft re­tail pol­icy frame­work for each of the shire’s growth towns to as­sist fu­ture plan­ning, zon­ing and devel­op­ment of re­tail ac­tiv­ity.

‘‘Both Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga are thriv­ing and have at­tracted new in­vest­ment in­ter­est Mr Close said.

‘‘A clear pol­icy di­rec­tion will guide re­tail devel­op­ment in the towns of Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga, will en­sure the ex­pan­sion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of lo­cal re­tail and will also sup­port lo­cal em­ploy­ment and tourism.

‘‘The re­ports look at cur­rent re­tail floor space and whether there is a short­fall now or in the fu­ture as a re­sult of pop­u­la­tion growth in these towns.

‘‘The top line num­bers show re­cently,’’ that if pop­u­la­tion growth in Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga grows as pre­dicted over the next 15 years, the de­mand for re­tail floor space will in­crease by at least 15 per cent in Co­bram and by at least 10 per cent in Yar­ra­wonga.

‘‘It’s vi­tal that we plan for growth so we can at­tract and ac­com­mo­date ap­pro­pri­ate devel­op­ment in and around our re­tail cen­tres.’’

Mr Close said the re­port high­lighted the large catch­ment ar­eas ser­viced by each of the towns.

‘‘Both towns’ ser­vice re­gions ex­tend into south­ern NSW and ei­ther side of their lo­ca­tions.

‘‘Good fu­ture plan­ning will en­sure we con­tinue to at­tract this trade into our towns and in do­ing so sus­tain re­tail busi­ness and lo­cal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

Mr Close said many busi­nesses in the lo­cal towns had al­ready pro­vided feed­back into the devel­op­ment of the draft doc­u­ments.

‘‘Once com­plete and adopted by coun­cil, the pol­icy frame­work will guide fu­ture plan­ning, zon­ing and sim­i­lar devel­op­ment de­ci­sions.’’

Feed­back closes at 5 pm on Wed­nes­day, July 12 and can be pro­vided on­line, by email or in writ­ing, with more in­for­ma­tion avail­able at: www.moira.vic.gov.au or by phon­ing 5871 9222.

Copies of Re­tail Pol­icy Frame­work for Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga: Back­ground Anal­y­sis and Re­tail Pol­icy Frame­work for Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga: Op­tions Re­port are avail­able from coun­cil’s web­site and are on dis­play at coun­cil’s ser­vice cen­tres in Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga.

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