Fraser Coast in the year 2031
IT IS post-amalgamation reality and it is also a post-amalgamation vision.
The Fraser Coast council faced up to the year 2031 yesterday when it placed the region’s sustainable growth strategy in the capable hands of town planning consultants Buckley Vann.
Accepting the challenge with notable relish, director Greg Vann described the Fraser Coast as “a diverse and complex place. This is a chance to pull that together.”
During the next 20 months, with a project team operating out of the GHD Consulting office in Hervey Bay, a vision for the Fraser Coast will be framed, reflecting what residents believe is the character and identity of the amalgamated region.
As well as fitting into a Fraser Coast vision 20 years down the line, the study will also be used to create a new planning scheme for the region, replacing the four disparate planning schemes serving the area now.
The council’s director of development services, David King, said it would help to “outline future development patterns for local council”.
Part of the strategy will be to bring forward a statement about the preferred futures of each locality in the region, from Maryborough to Hervey Bay, from Tiaro to Torbanlea, from Boonooroo to Howard.
The three-phased plan will also compare the role of centres like Pialba with the Maryborough CBD. Eight community workshops are planned.
“It’s important to provide plenty of options for community engagement,” said Mr Vann, who has managed similar projects in Beaudesert, Logan and the Gold Coast.
“With consultation it’s important to make clear that you can’t give people everything they want.
“It’s about a strategic focus, the community rather than the street.
“We are aiming to get some alignment about the future wants of the community.”
Acting mayor Belinda McNeven echoed the importance of community involvement.
“There’s lots of community members who have our ear, and lots who don’t.”