4 August 2017
Mitchell Shire Council has secured a strategic parcel of land at Wallan’s southern entry for future recreational and open space use.
The land is situated at the top of a booming growth corridor set to accommodate an additional 150,000 people in the next 30 years.
The $5.5 million Greenhill land purchase could, among other things, enable future expansion of regional recreational facilities at the already busy Greenhill Reserve.
The purchase also protects the iconic Greenhill landscape from development, provides the opportunity for much needed open space in Mitchell’s growth corridor and enhances the potential for a community facilities precinct in Wallan.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the purchase was an excellent example of the benefits of forward planning and early investment to support the needs of the Shire’s growing population.
“Thanks to the work Council did through the Wallan Structure Plan, which was finalised in 2015, we were able to identify and secure this important piece of land that will serve the needs of our communities in the future,” Cr Sanderson said.
“It was important we purchased this major site now so we could ensure the land was protected for something desperately needed by our growing community – more open space and recreational facilities.
“We also know that our community loves the rolling hills that are such a key feature of our landscape. This purchase ensures this community icon is protected and it is an astute purchase ahead of what will be rapidly escalating land prices.”
Cr Sanderson said the investment was a very significant one for Mitchell and had been some years in the planning.
“Council will now do some more in-depth assessment of existing and future regional recreational and other needs. We will shortly begin to prepare a masterplan based on population projections and what facilities will need to be provided in the development area in the growth corridor,” she said.
“Ultimately, community input and ideas will be a major step towards finalising a plan that meets the needs of our evolving community. We are also mindful that the land will play a part in the lives of the community that is yet to arrive.
“This strategic purchase positions Council to plan for, and provide, facilities and services for generations to come.
“It will also help to attract future investment and partnership opportunities to deliver new facilities for our community.”
The site will remain as grazing land in the short term. An old house on the land is in very poor condition and will be demolished.