Stawell growth

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A push for res­i­den­tial growth in Stawell has led to a call for de­vel­op­ment of coun­cil land in Sloane Street.

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil has called for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for de­vel­op­ment of the eight-hectare site on the cor­ner of Sloane Street and Cahill Road.

The coun­cil re­zoned the site, which has the po­ten­tial for the de­vel­op­ment of be­tween 60 and 110 dwellings, to a ‘Res­i­den­tial 1 Zone’ in 2013.

It an­nounced a call to de­vel­op­ers at a meet­ing on Mon­day.

The green­field site over­looks the Grampians and Black Range near the Western High­way.

The coun­cil made the an­nounce­ment with hous­ing va­can­cies in the area sit­ting at about one percent and with a pre­dicted 1000 jobs com­ing into the re­gion dur­ing the next five years.

The coun­cil is keen for a prospec­tive devel­oper to pro­vide a di­verse hous­ing mix to meet a back­log of de­mand, cre­ate a phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment which is re­garded as a model for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment through­out re­gional Vic­to­ria and to ex­tend coun­cil’s pas­sive recre­ational ar­eas and fa­cil­i­ties.

Mayor Kevin Er­win said the coun­cil had at­tracted in­ter­ested par­ties in de­vel­op­ing the land.

“While the jobs growth is a good prob­lem to have, the is­sue of the hous­ing short­age needs to be solved, oth­er­wise we’ll miss out on get­ting more fam­i­lies to our re­gion as well,” he said.

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