- Why is the council undertaking this work now?
Council is aware that there has been a lot of change in our local community recently. Now more than ever it’s important to plan for the future of the Stawell township, what the community values and how the town will be experienced and planned for. This will inform community, business, resident and visitor use and council's future projects.
- What is a structure plan?
A structure plan guides decision making at a local level by forming an important part of the State Government's strategy to address population growth as well as the housing and employment demands.
- Who is undertaking the structure plan?
Council is working with Hansen Partnership, Tim Nott Economics and Martyn Group Transport Planning on the project. You can find out about their work here:
Hansen Partnership Website
- What is an Urban Design Framework (UDF)?
An Urban Design Framework involves bringing together ideas and to prepare realistic design concepts based on consultation, research and analysis. A design approach unlocks creativity and allows physical design outcomes to be a higher profile in planning, reflective of local community input.
- Who can provide feedback on the project?
Everyone who has an interest in the future of Stawell can provide feedback on the project.
- I don't have a business or live in Stawell, can I still complete the survey?
Yes everyone is welcome to participate, all insights are valuable; residents, visitors, businesses, customers and all age groups.
- How can I stay updated on the project?
To stay updated, please visit the council website, check social media updates or register your email address to get the latest project updates.
The plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. As soon as it is endorsed by the council, the implementation process as suggested in the plan will commence.
- What about social distancing and being involved in local workshops?
Social distancing measures will be adhered to during the engagement. The project team has a range of innovative ways to be involved with virtual workshops, online surveys and mapping exercises that can be undertaken without face to face contact.
- What platform will the virtual workshops be using?
Stakeholder and community workshops will be hosted via zoom. You can install it now.
The council received grant funding from two different funding streams of the State and Federal Governments:
Federal funding: ‘Building for Better Regions Fund’ Program to prepare a plan to enhance the gateway of Stawell around the Western Highway.
State funding: ‘Streamlining for Growth’ Program to prepare a structure plan for Stawell.