Next stage of consultation for hilltops strategy kicks off
Next week marks the next stage of consultation around Wodonga Council's hilltops strategy.
About 18 months ago, the council began the process of developing a strategy and plan that took a co-ordinated approach to the management and usage of our hills to ensure they could be enjoyed by all who live and visit our city.
The draft strategy that went out for wider community feedback in 2016. There was good response with more than 200 pieces of feedback from across the community.
The council adopted a motion in September outlining a timeline of further consultation early next year following the revision of the draft documents from feedback received from the community and stakeholders in July and August.
Discussions on the draft strategy have continued with interest groups and the council is facilitating a working group with DELWP, CFA and Parklands to guide the ongoing development of the Wodonga hilltops strategy.
Throughout November to February, the community had the opportunity to opt in to participating in a series of workshops around the individual hill precincts.
The eight workshops for five hill precincts will take place next week and this will be followed by a drop-in community forum.
Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said the Wodonga hills were an intrinsic part of the city’s character and were a point of difference for the city.
“We want to continue to protect Wodonga’s hills from encroaching development, preserve remnants of native vegetation and the habitat they provide for threatened species, protect sites that are culturally significant, and ensure they form part of a safe neighbourhood in bushfire season,” Cr Speedie said.
“But as the population of the city has increased so too has the demand for access to the hills and a variety of activities currently occur across the hills including walking, running, riding and sightseeing but many are unplanned and unmanaged and this can have a environmental or social impacts.
“What the draft strategy aims to do is provide direction for the future management and use of the hills, to realise their potential for community use and enjoyment while also protecting and enhancing their conservation values.”
Anyone with an interest in the strategy will be able to go online to makewodongayours.com.au and see the revised documents and provide feedback or come along to the council’s community forum at The Cube Wodonga on March 26 and March 27.
Last updated: 17-03-2017
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