Drop-in session to shape a future Barooga

March 08, 2017

Barooga residents will have a chance to continue to shape and develop plans for the future improvement of the town at a community session next week.

The drop-in session next Thursday will be the second consultation session, after Barooga and Berrigan each hosted one earlier in the year.

Berrigan Shire Council’s corporate services director Matt Hansen said the first was designed as an ideas generation session with input from groups, organisations and residents and families of all ages.

‘‘We wanted to generate ideas, in particular about the town entrances, but also the visual landscapes of each town,’’ he said.

‘‘We asked people what they saw in their town, what they would like to see.

‘‘Then we started working on some of these concepts with our landscape architects who are developing the plans, and some of the visual concepts will be available to view.’’

Mr Hansen said the second session aimed to discuss the developing visual concepts with residents and gauge their opinions.

‘‘The more feedback we get from the community, the more we know we’re on the right track with what people want,’’ he said.

‘‘The architects can only design from the information they’re given.

‘‘The more community input we have, the more the plans will reflect what the desires are of the community.’’

He said it was a very similar process to the community consultation and engagement for the development of the Tocumwal Foreshore Masterplan, as well as town plans for Finley and Tocumwal, which can be viewed on council’s website.

Mr Hansen said council had already been allocating money each year in the budget ($100000 each year, expected over the next five years) to undertake the town entry works, but if any other projects were identified, the consultation process would allow them to start looking at funding options and availability.

●The drop-in session will be held in Barooga on Thursday, March 16 at Collie Park, with people welcome to visit any time between 2pm and 4pm.

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