Murchison region’s 25-year plan

Councils. Circular Head, King Island, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast councils have invited submissions from consultants to undertake a joint 25-year community plan for the Murchison region.

The ‘Sustainable Murchison 2040 Community Plan’ is a major initiative proposed for the councils, which will provide a strategic community plan to inform a coordinated approach for municipal planning in the region over the next 25 years.

The plan will also see the four councils recognising Burnie as their regional centre, and exploring linkages with the Burnie City Council’s ‘Making Burnie 2030 Plan’.

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said in the face of increasing costs and the push for local government reform, the four councils were demonstrating the importance of working together.

“The [plan] will not only provide us [with] insight into each of our community’s needs, it will also ensure that we have a shared evidence-based community vision for the future,” Cr Quilliam said.

“It is very important that this plan be an integrated economic strategy that focuses and plans for what projects can be implemented.”

The plan will include a detailed population and demographic analysis, population forecasts and projections, a social needs assessment, an economic resource analysis, transport analysis and forecasts, spatial assessment of land and water values, a land use suitability analysis and study of land use forecast requirements.

The project will involve significant community engagement and will take about 12 months to complete.

The tender closes at 5pm on Wednesday October 14. For more information visit www.warwyn.tas.gov.au.

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