Council collects ideas for Goulburn, Marulan housing strategy

A planned subdivision at Marys Mount.
A planned subdivision at Marys Mount.

The council is calling for public feedback on a a strategy catering for Goulburn’s and Marulan’s future growth.

Planning staff are preparing the Housing Strategy but are keen to receive people’s ideas before it is finalised.

Mayor Bob Kirk said it would address the centres’ future character and possible land release areas.   

He said it was critical to engage now at the beginning of the process to achieve the best result.

“The Housing Strategy is a significant part of our strategic planning program and one we need to get right,” he said.

“It will guide decisions we make regarding housing for the next 20 years, and will set out how we will accommodate population growth and change.”

Consultation underway now is focused on key issues that affect all residents such as housing affordability, housing density in town centres and livability. A full program of workshops and drop-in sessions have been organised, while community members can also jump online to Your Say Goulburn to take a survey or get involved in forum discussions. Formal submissions are also being accepted as part of the process.

“Five simple fact sheets have also been developed to make this process accessible to all residents,” Cr Kirk said.

“These will kick start your thinking and help you consider how you would like Goulburn and Marulan to look in twenty years’ time.”

The survey, an interactive mapping tool and open discussion forums are open now online at housing-strategy. The submission period will close on May 25.

It’s anticipated the draft strategy will be prepared by October, 2018, and will again be placed on public exhibition for further community feedback. Several proposed housing subdivisions, including one proposed by Ganter Constructions at Marys Mount, are hanging on findings in the housing strategy. 

The consultation sessions will be held:

  • May 3 – community workshop, Marulan Community Hall, 5.30pm.
  • May 10 – community workshop, Goulburn Council Chambers, 5.30pm.
  • May 15 – drop-in session, Marulan Community Hall, 2pm-6pm.
  • May 17 – industry workshop – Goulburn Council Chambers, 4pm.
  • May 22 – drop-in session – Goulburn, to be advised.