Broadford’s future discussions
Consultation has started to paint a picture of what challenges, concerns and ideas residents have for Broadford as discussions around the future of the township continue.
Mitchell Shire Council recently released the emerging ideas paper, forming the first part of preparing the Broadford Structure Plan (BSP), which has outlined some of the key opportunities and challenges the town may face.
The Shire is responsible to plan for the future and the BSP will aim to help Broadford flourish into the future through population growth, despite concerns about connectivity and passers-by missing the town.
Feedback is welcomed on the emerging ideas paper, which outlines a vision, key ideas and aspirations for the township, until Friday 7 December.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson said the BSP was a great initiative and hoped to see the community involved.
“I think the Broadford Structure Plan is a great opportunity and being able to set a 20-year vision to guide the future of Broadford and its surrounds,” she said.
“Plans like these are prepared with the involvement of our community, businesses, government agencies and local experts which means we can take action to suit the needs of the township.”
Cr Sanderson added direct community consultation was a key component to the ideas paper.
“We are welcoming feedback at either our drop-in sessions or online, so we can make sure we have identified the most important opportunities and challenges,” she said.
“These steps are important to take as we develop the structure plan. The needs of those through the community are important and we hope to facilitate that.”
A survey was also completed to identify the most important improvements for Broadford which showed High Street and its commercial issues as the main priority, while roads maintenance and repairs the second most pressing issue.
A drop-in session will begin at 10am on Saturday 17 November outside the IGA supermarket on High Street. There will also be a town centre concepts walking tour commencing at 12pm which will leave the IGA and will take about 30 minutes.
Find out more on the Broadford Structure Plan and take the survey here.