Ses­sions out­line drug cen­tre plans

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The Ice Melt­down Project (TIMP) is propos­ing to es­tab­lish the cen­tre at the va­cant Athlone Pri­mary School site at 930 DrouinKo­rum­burra Rd.

The drop-in ses­sions were a chance for res­i­dents to view in­for­ma­tion and ask ques­tions of the pro­posal as well as the coun­cil process now be­ing un­der­taken. Com­mu­nity sub­mis­sions must be sub­mit­ted this week.

Baw Baw Shire’s plan­ning team was on hand to sup­port and fa­cil­i­tate con­ver­sa­tion. Coun­cil­lors Mikaela Power and Jes­sica O’Don­nell also at­tended in the af­ter­noon and were keen to gauge com­mu­nity feed­back.

Cr O’Don­nell said it was im­por­tant coun­cil went to the res­i­dents in­stead of ex­pect­ing the res­i­dents to come to them. She said com­mu­nity dis­cus­sion was vi­tal in coun­cil­lors mak­ing an in­formed de­ci­sion.

A steady stream at­tended the af­ter­noon ses­sion with lo­cals keen to raise con­cerns in­clud­ing lack of mo­bile cov­er­age in the event of an emer­gency and land zon­ing con­fu­sion. The evening ses­sion was also well at­tended.

Baw Baw Shire said the plan­ning staff were able to lis­ten to and re­spond to com­mu­nity con­cerns and pro­vide de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the pa­ram­e­ters of the ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted to coun­cil for con­sid­er­a­tion.

The shire said the com­mu­nity of Athlone con­tin­ued to be very ac­tive and spoke about their con­cerns, in­clud­ing safety of the com­mu­nity and pro­gram par­tic­i­pants; ac­cess to emer­gency ser­vices; fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the land be­yond the cur­rent build­ing foot­print; and ap­pli­ca­tion align­ment to land use zon­ing.

The com­mu­nity ex­pressed a de­sire to meet with the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to dis­cuss this mat­ter fur­ther and wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to meet with Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter James Mer­lino.

Baw Baw Shire in­vites and en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to cap­ture their con­cerns in a for­mal sub­mis­sion dur­ing the no­tice of ap­pli­ca­tion for a plan­ning per­mit. Sub­mis­sions must be sub­mit­ted by Fri­day at 5pm.

Res­i­dents can make a sub­mis­sion by email to plan­ning@baw­baw­ or in writ­ing ad­dressed to the Plan­ning De­part­ment, Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil, PO Box 304, War­ragul, VIC 3820. Sub­mis­sions must also in­clude the name and ad­dress of the sub­mit­ter and the ap­pli­ca­tion num­ber.

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