21 July 2017
Mitchell Shire Council is encouraging the community to provide input on a plan that will guide and shape the future direction of Seymour.
The draft Seymour Structure Plan is a comprehensive document that outlines directions for future planning and development in the town and highlights opportunities for change, while ensuring the area will be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
The plan identifies eight key elements that aid in forming a vision for Seymour:
· Character and Identity
· Activity Centres
· Employment and Economic Development
· Residential Development
· Natural Environment and Landscape
· Community Facilities and Open Space
· Movement and Access
· Services and Utilities
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the plan would set a clear future vision for the town.
“The Seymour Structure Plan marks the beginning of an exciting time for Seymour and its residents,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Seymour is already home to a proud and well-serviced community. However, over the next 20 years the town has the potential to become a major regional centre, which presents some fantastic opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors.
“The emphasis of this structure plan will be on attracting jobs, residential growth and quality services to Seymour, while retaining the town’s character, heritage and natural beauty.”
Cr Sanderson said the draft plan was the culmination of consultation held with the community and other stakeholders in 2015-16.
“Some fantastic ideas and a number of key themes emerged when we consulted with the community, which have formed the basis of this draft plan,” Cr Sanderson said.
“The draft plan will help identify what types of changes are required to strategically position Seymour in the region, and could open up a lot of doors for Council to secure funding opportunities.”
The draft Seymour Structure Plan will be out for the community to view and have their say for six weeks from 31 July until 11 September.
Community drop-in sessions will be held at Chittick Park Community Place, Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on:
· Thursday 3 August (2pm-8pm)
· Tuesday 15 August (2pm-8pm)
· Wednesday 23 August (10.30am-4.30pm)
· Thursday 7 September (2pm-8pm)
A listening post is also scheduled outside Woolworths in Wallis Street on Saturday 12 August (10am-2pm).
Feedback from the consultation will help inform and shape the final plan.
To view the plan and have your say, please visit www.seymour3660.com.au or visit one of Council’s Customer and Library Service Centres.