Population, housing and residential settlement – have your say

Published on 06 November 2019

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Central Goldfields Shire Council is undertaking a Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy.

Interested community members are invited to participate in the formation of the strategy by attending a drop-in session, reading background information and completing a survey.

The purpose of the strategy is to provide direction for residential growth and form under a range of growth scenarios, in order to meet the anticipated needs of the Shire’s population from 2020-2035.

Council has engaged Spatial Economics to undertake research and data analysis to provide an evidence base for decisions about how and where future residential growth should be directed.  A short paper covering key issues to consider will be available for reading, along with background documents for those who want to study the detail.

Issues include:

  • how much the population might increase due to external factors
  • whether Council should be pro-active in trying to attract new residents
  • the changing nature of household sizes, and the places people want to live
  • meeting the needs of older residents
  • the constraints of flood, bushfire risk and the natural urban boundary provided by forest surrounds
  • the cost of infrastructure to service new development

Drop-in sessions are being held in conjunction with some of the sessions for the Central Goldfields – Your Community 2030 project.  Council’s strategic planning staff will be available at the following locations and times if you’d like to drop in, collect some information and discuss the issues:

  • Talbot & District – at the Talbot Town Hall on Friday 8 November, 2019 from 2.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Carisbrook & District – at the Carisbrook Recreation Reserve on Wednesday 13 November, 2019 from 2.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Dunolly & District – at the Dunolly Town Hall on Tuesday 19 November, 2019 from 2.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Maryborough & District – at the Community Hub on Wednesday 27 November, 2019 from 2.30pm – 6.30pm

Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey encourages residents to be involved in the development of the strategy.

“This strategy is a key element of Council’s extensive strategic planning for the future of the Central Goldfields Shire.  If you have thoughts about how much our towns should grow, what sort of housing our community needs and where new residential development should be located, this is your opportunity to get involved and have your say.”

Residents can also share their ideas by completing an online survey.  For more information and access to the survey, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

For further information on the Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy, contact Philip Schier, Manager Strategy and Economic Development, on 5461 0610 or email philips@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au