Plan­ning for re­gion’s fu­ture

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Moira Shire Coun­cil wants feed­back on its ma­jor towns strat­egy re­view.

The re­view will help pro­vide strate­gic di­rec­tion and iden­tify ma­jor growth ar­eas, in­clud­ing hous­ing, jobs and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, by set­ting the fu­ture land use rules.

Mayor Li­bro Mus­tica said the strate­gies for each of the four ma­jor towns — Co­bram, Nathalia, Nu­murkah and Yar­ra­wonga — had been re­viewed to make sure each one would pro­vide upto-date in­for­ma­tion for the fu­ture growth and de­vel­op­ment of those com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘Now we want to know what you think, have we got the bal­ance right?’ Cr Mus­tica said.

‘‘Where do you think the fu­ture in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial growth should oc­cur in your town?

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of Moira’s eco­nomic and pop­u­la­tion growth is oc­cur­ring within the four ma­jor towns, with each of these towns hav­ing a strat­egy plan guid­ing land use and de­vel­op­ment de­ci­sions — so it’s vi­tal to en­sure these guid­ing doc­u­ments are cur­rent.

‘‘There are a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions in the re­view with the main out­come be­ing the Co­bram, Nu­murkah and Nathalia strat­egy plans re­main rel­e­vant and largely un­changed, while Yar­ra­wonga would be bet­ter served through the 2017 growth man­age­ment strat­egy,’’ Cr Mus­tica said.

‘‘The re­view also sug­gests pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional land for de­vel­op­ment, and on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing and land sup­ply and po­ten­tial tech­no­log­i­cal dis­rup­tions, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of NBN and the rise of Airbnb.’’

The ma­jor towns strat­egy re­view rec­om­mends Co­bram im­ple­ment a re­vised frame­work plan show­ing ad­di­tional in­dus­trial ar­eas and in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial mixed use land along Ritchie Rd.

A com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion with con­sul­tants from SD Plan­ning is on in Co­bram to­mor­row from 9 am to noon at Co­bram Civic Cen­tre.

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