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Published Friday 21 August 2020
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Shaping Broadford Together

The draft Broadford Structure Plan paints a picture of what the town may look like in 20 years and the community is being asked to share their views on its future look and feel.

With the town expected to grow from 5000 to 10,000 people over the next few decades, the draft sets out a planning strategy to help Broadford keep its relaxed lifestyle and cater for new and existing businesses as well as residential growth.

Mitchell Shire Council is calling on the community to get involved and influence how the township can be structured to meet that increase.

The plan identifies a number of community aspirations, requirements and concerns facing the township with areas designated for residential growth, the town centre and employment.

A detailed description on these three precincts, including short videos about what’s in the draft structure plan, can be viewed on Council’s online engagement portal.

The plan has been developed internally by Council officers with strong local resident involvement from the Community Liaison Group (CLG) and the Mitchell Youth Council. It sets a strong framework to meet the needs of those people now living in Broadford as well as those who will call the area home over the next two decades.

Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 1 October.

Comments from Mayor David Lowe

“We’re working hard to create a healthy, sustainable and connected community across Mitchell Shire and part of this is mapping our future growth.

“A number of other towns, like Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan, have structure plans which inform our decisions.

“We want to know what kind of services and infrastructure our community wants in Broadford to support its natural growth. The draft structure plan goes a long way in setting the scene for the next 20 years which takes into account employment needs, sporting and social needs, and population growth in general.

“The plan has been developed by our strategic planning team who have been able to talk with locals and draw on Council’s resources to bring the plan to community.

The plan shows how Broadford will continue to grow whilst also supporting what we’ve heard from local people around the desire to keep a sense of community and a rural feel.

“We urge you to have your say and influence how Broadford will develop over the next 20 years.”

Sign up for online information sessions

Sign up for online information sessions

To assist community to better understand the plan and provide input, Council is holding three online information sessions.

  • Tuesday 1 September, 4-5pm`
  • Thursday 17 September, 6-7pm
  • Thursday 24 September 1.30-2.30pm

Registrations are essential. To register, please call 5734 6200 for more information, to arrange for access to hard copies of the plans, for assistance with the online sessions or to discuss the plan.

This page was last updated on 26 August 2020.