Co­bram Vil­lage mov­ing for­ward and you are in­vited to see plans

The Cobram Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Patrick Tansey

Af­ter a pe­riod of stag­na­tion, Co­bram Vil­lage is mov­ing for­ward, with the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment agree­ing to dis­play plans for the pro­posed $40 mil­lion neigh­bour­hood re­tail cen­tre for pub­lic com­ment.

The plans are on dis­play at Moira Shire Coun­cil of­fices and web­site, as well as Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning’s web­site.

‘‘We are ex­cited that the project is mov­ing for­ward and en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to get be­hind us and show their sup­port for the new cen­tre by mak­ing sub­mis­sions to coun­cil,’’ Ti­palea Part­ners chief ex­ec­u­tive Scott Span­ton said

‘‘If you think more com­pe­ti­tion is good for Co­bram, now is the time to make sure you tell coun­cil and the gov­ern­ment by writ­ing a short sub­mis­sion in sup­port of Co­bram Vil­lage by email or post, but re­mem­ber to in­clude your name and con­tact de­tails or it may not count,’’ he said

Mr Span­ton said the com­mu­nity’s in­volve­ment in the project so far reaf­firmed peo­ple wanted it to come to fruition.

‘‘We have had such high lev­els of sup­port since an­nounc­ing our in­tent to de­velop Co­bram Vil­lage. We have more than 1800 fol­low­ers on Face­book and have also had high lev­els of at­ten­dance at our com­mu­nity meet­ings and en­gage­ment in our sur­vey,’’ he said.

The sur­vey pro­filed the shop­ping habits of peo­ple and asked for feed­back on what was needed for the fu­ture of re­tail in Co­bram

Mr Span­ton said more than 700 peo­ple com­pleted the on­line sur­vey.

The sur­vey found while 80 per cent of re­spon­dents did their weekly gro­cery shop at Wool­worths and IGA, 80 to 90 per cent of peo­ple would shop at Coles or Aldi if the al­ter­na­tives were pre­sented.

Mr Span­ton was hope­ful of more pub­lic sup­port for the project now it is get­ting down to the ‘‘nitty gritty’’ stage.

‘‘We hope the com­mu­nity will con­tinue to show its sup­port with sub­mis­sions of the plans on ex­hi­bi­tion, as that re­ally helps the plan­ning process for us,’’ he said.

Co­bram Vil­lage will tar­get na­tional re­tail­ers to bring lower prices for ev­ery­day shop­ping and sig­nif­i­cantly boost lo­cal em­ploy­ment.

It will cre­ate more than 200 con­struc­tion jobs and a fur­ther 200 on­go­ing lo­cal jobs once the cen­tre opened.

The pro­posed cen­tre in­cludes a full-line su­per­mar­ket, a smaller sec­ondary gro­cery store, a ‘min­i­ma­jor’ re­tailer, a med­i­cal cen­tre and 11 spe­cialty stores and park­ing for more than 430 cars.

● The clos­ing date for sub­mis­sions is De­cem­ber 6. Sub­mis­sions must be sent via email to and in­clude your name and con­tact de­tails or via mail to Moira Shire Coun­cil at PO Box 578, Co­bram 3644.

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