Planning for region’s future

May 17, 2018

Moira Shire Council wants feedback on its major towns strategy review.

Moira Shire Council wants feedback on its major towns strategy review.

The review will help provide strategic direction and identify major growth areas, including housing, jobs and investment opportunities, by setting the future land use rules.

Mayor Libro Mustica said the strategies for each of the four major towns — Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga — had been reviewed to make sure each one would provide up-to-date information for the future growth and development of those communities.

‘‘Now we want to know what you think, have we got the balance right?’ Cr Mustica said.

‘‘Where do you think the future industrial, commercial and residential growth should occur in your town?

‘‘The majority of Moira’s economic and population growth is occurring within the four major towns, with each of these towns having a strategy plan guiding land use and development decisions — so it’s vital to ensure these guiding documents are current.

‘‘There are a number of recommendations in the review with the main outcome being the Cobram, Numurkah and Nathalia strategy plans remain relevant and largely unchanged, while Yarrawonga would be better served through the 2017 growth management strategy,’’ Cr Mustica said.

‘‘The review also suggests providing additional land for development, and ongoing monitoring and land supply and potential technological disruptions, including the installation of NBN and the rise of Airbnb.’’

The major towns strategy review recommends Cobram implement a revised framework plan showing additional industrial areas and investigate potential mixed use land along Ritchie Rd.

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