Plans for Murchison

Region. Murchison residents are being asked to have their say and help shape the next 25 years for the region.

The ‘Sustainable Murchison Community Plan’ is an initiative of the Burnie, Circular Head, King Island, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast councils to provide a unified vision for Murchison over the next 25 years.

The councils invited tenders for the project in September last year, with funding support from the state government.

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said the five councils had engaged consultants Geografia, who have recently completed the Greater Launceston Plan, to undertake this process.

“This process is an important step to help us plan for the future of Murchison and there will be a number of opportunities for people to have their say,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“With the help of Geografia, and the work of Tasmanian consultants Campbell and Jones, as well as council staff, we will be holding a number of focus groups, community workshops, community open days and other events to capture people’s aspirations.”

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 Murchison region is defined as the four council areas and the neighbouring regional centre of Burnie City. The plan will strongly integrate and link with Burnie City Council’s ‘Making Burnie 2030 Community Plan’ and will consider linkages with the remaining Cradle Coast Councils. It will also build on the ‘West Coast Community Plan 2025’, linking it to broader Murchison region priorities.

There will be an online survey, discussion board and polls for the project hosted at

www.placespeak.com/murchison2040.

Copies of the survey and a postcard with key questions will be made available to those without internet access.

For more information phone Waratah-Wynyard Council on 6443 8333 to make an appointment.

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