A blueprint for the future of Strathmerton and a vision for potential development has been released for community feedback.
The draft Strathmerton Community Plan 2017-2022 has been developed following extensive community consultation after a planning meeting was held late last year and a steering committee was formed.
Since November, every Strathmerton resident has been encouraged to have their say on what they love about the area, what their hope is for Strathmerton and if they could choose one thing to happen for Strathmerton, what that would be.
The plan’s vision for Strathmerton is that it is ‘‘a safe, well-connected community working together to strengthen and build on our greatest community assets and ideas’’.
Residents have developed dozens of ideas to shape the future of the town, set out as different level priorities and time frames, with locals spearheading different taskforces related to the ideas.
Priorities developed from ideas concerning the community include a community publication, redevelopment of the recreation reserve (new sporting complex, 24-hour gym, basketball court), rail trail bike and walking tracks, a new kindergarten, improvements to the swimming pool (splash park, extended opening hours), activities and events, family community market, youth club, men’s shed and community garden.
Ideas for the economy include attracting and growing businesses in the region and more employment opportunities, a car wash, an annual event/festival, caravan park/camping area, promoting Strathmerton as a travel destination, town signage and the bypass.
Infrastructure and environment ideas include increasing housing developments, street lights in the new development area, beautification of the landscape, footpath improvement/construction, cleaning up the old railway, reducing the speed limit through the main part of town, a boat ramp at Ulupna, safe school crossings, improved gutter and drainage and providing household rubbish collection on Bouchier St.
During the next few years, Strathmerton will investigate actions and partnerships for each priority.
The Strathmerton Community Plan Steering Committee said it would like to sincerely thank the residents who’d contributed their ideas and hopes for the plan.
Moira Shire Council also thanked the committee for the time, energy and knowledge it contributed, as well as its ongoing commitment to implementing the plan.
●Copies of the plan are available from www.moira.vic.gov.au or from Cafe 3641, Caltex Service Station Strathmerton, Strathy Hot Bread, Strathmerton Post Office or the Strathmerton Pub.
Feedback forms can also be left at the green boxes at these businesses.