In the coming months, the council will be preparing a housing strategy to plan for the future growth of the urban centres of Goulburn and Marulan. The strategy will address the desired future character of these areas as well as identify (where necessary) opportunities for future land releases including rural residential land on up to 2 hectare lots. It will include consideration of previous resolutions of the council dating back to 2009, when Goulburn Mulwaree Local Environmental Plan (LEP) was prepared, and identify and address opportunities to increase housing diversity including shop-top housing, affordable housing, medium density housing and housing for older people.
Before the strategy is drafted, we are interested in feedback from the community and stakeholders about the key issues that are important when we are making decisions about housing in the next 20 years and how population growth and change can be accommodated.
This can be done online through a survey or the use of a really interesting mapping feature where you can drop a pin and make suggestions. Formal submissions are also being accepted and hard copies surveys are again available at the Civic Centre.
It’s a busy time at the council, and we are currently undertaking consultation on a number of really important issues that we’d love your feedback on. A project page has been created for each of these online at Your Say Goulburn and surveys and other forms of consultation are online now. Hard copies of the surveys will also be available in the Civic Centre. I’ll go through each of these projects individually and do hope you will take the time to engage.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council has been allocated $1.6m by the NSW Government under stage 2 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and we recently called for community projects. We received a number of great ideas as well as putting forward some of our own priorities. At our meeting last week on April 3 we resolved to support all of these nine projects and undertake consultation to prioritise our grant applications.
We are now asking the community to rank these projects from one to nine in order of preference; with the project ranked one being the one you would most like to see get funded.
Name the walkway
At the April 3 council meeting we resolved to undertake a two week consultation asking the community to vote for their preferred name for the River Walkway. Fourteen names have been put forward including ‘The River Walkway,’ the ‘Wollondilly River Walkway’ and ‘Gundangara Trail.’
You are also able to suggest your own name if you would prefer, and physical surveys are again available at Customer Service.