Help review strategy

By Cobram Courier

FEEDBACK is being sought on the review of Moira Shire Council’s Major Towns Strategy which will help identify major growth areas including housing, jobs and investment opportunities.
Mayor Libro Mustica said the strategies for each of the major towns – Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga – had been reviewed to ensure each one would provide up to date information for future growth and development.
‘‘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.
‘‘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 revised Cobram Framework Plan showing additional industrial areas; investigate potential mixed use land along Ritchie Rd.
■ Numurkah – implement revised Numurkah Framework Plan showing additional industrial areas.
■ Nathalia – implement revised Nathalia Framework Plan showing additional industrial areas.
‘‘The review also suggests strong advocacy to encourage and support good access to internet and mobile phone coverage,” Cr Mustica said.
‘‘A framework for monitoring and reviewing housing supply and demand across the shire has also been proposed.’’
Community information sessions with consultants from SD Planning on Wednesday, May 16, from 9am to 11am at Nathalia Dancocks Room; and 2pm to 5pm at Numurkah Visitor Information Centre’s meeting room two; and Thursday, May 17, from 9am to noon at Cobram Civic Centre.