Jamieson plans for the fu­ture

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

THE Jamieson com­mu­nity launched their Jamieson and District Com­mu­nity Plan 2014 – 2019 as part of their Aus­tralia Day cer­e­mony which was held on the banks of the Jamieson River.

The com­mu­nity plan is the re­sult of a num­ber of com­mu­nity get-to­geth­ers and plan­ning ses­sions at which res­i­dents shared their vi­sions and as­pi­ra­tions.

“Early in the plan­ning process the com­mu­nity mem­bers in­volved recog­nised that the ac­tions of the res­i­dents to­day will cre­ate the Jamieson that fu­ture res­i­dents will en­joy,” said Jamieson Com­mu­nity Group pres­i­dent, Chris Badrock.

“As we iden­ti­fied all the things we re­ally love about Jamieson, we re­alised that it was the great plan­ning and ac­tions 100 years back that has made Jamieson so won­der­ful to­day.

“So our ap­proach to this cur­rent com­mu­nity plan was to plan for a Jamieson that is still as at­trac­tive in 100 years time as it is to­day.”

Ac­tions in the com­mu­nity plan in­clude strate­gic plan­ning for fu­ture tracks and trails, and her­itage con­ser­va­tion and cre­ation.

Map­ping sig­nif­i­cant trees and fu­ture plant­ings, pre­serv­ing the old Po­lice Sta­bles and build­ing a her­itage pavil­ion also ap­pear in the plan.

An­other project to cre­ate a com­mu­nity news­let­ter and up­date the Jamieson web­site to keep ev­ery­one in touch has al­ready got un­der way.

In the plan, the com­mu­nity also high­lighted that they have con­cerns about the pro­vi­sion of waste ser­vices, weed con­trol, lack of pub­lic trans­port and ac­cess to Mt Skene in win­ter and are keen to ad­vo­cate for im­prove­ments.

“Com­mu­nity plan­ning has been work­ing very ef­fec­tively in Mans­field Shire for a num­ber of years now,” said mayor Ray Robin­son.

“It brings people to­gether which is the most im­por­tant step and from there, plans for the fu­ture of their com­mu­nity are de­vel­oped and then the res­i­dents work to­gether to bring the plans to life.

“The Jamieson plan re­flects a com­mu­nity that is re­ally proud and wants fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to love their home as much as they do to­day.”

An­other meet­ing will be held shortly to plan the next steps.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved can con­tact the Jamieson Com­mu­nity Group on jamo­com­mu­[email protected] or coun­cil’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment team at 57758555.

The com­mu­nity plan is avail­able on coun­cil’s web­site www.mans­field.vic.gov.au.

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