Water issues raised in profile
Allowing rural lifestyle lots close to settlement and along water courses, and reducing the building setback from waterways are among issues raised in Murray River Council’s Strategic Planning Review Local Profile.
Mayor Chris Bilkey said community feedback on the draft profile helped highlight issues to consider in the development of council’s new Land Use Strategy.
Some of the other common points apart from the above raised from the community include:
Reconcile and reduce the minimum lot size for the subdivision of rural land to permit dwellings.
Permit dwelling entitlements on small rural lots.
Consider accommodation opportunities for workers associated with emerging agricultural industries, ie. the almond farms in the vicinity of Tooleybuc, Koraleigh and Goodnight.
Review regulations on moorings in the Murray River near Barham and provide development guidance.
Consider the spatial and community cross-border relationships and development opportunities.
Allow for exploration and protection of access to mineral resources.
Changes and corrections to commercial and agricultural development in Moulamein.
Changes and corrections to the classified road system.
Implement buffers to separate industrial development from other land uses to prevent conflict.
Following feedback, some amendments were made to the Local Profile to capture the current state of affairs before adoption by council.
The Local Profile is the first stage of a planning scheme review of the former Murray and Wakool Shire councils, and aims to consolidate the schemes into one policy. It identifies current facts about land and management issues, with statistics around land use, the community, the economy, the environment and trends in individual communities.
‘‘While there is a robust amount of planning and policy framework that guides land use planning and management, the review process enabled us to capture the planning issues in individual communities and across our council as a whole,’’ Cr Bilkey said.