Planning for the future of Stawell

Published on 21 May 2020

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Council is undertaking an exciting project to reinvigorate the township of Stawell to guide future development and encourage visitors and locals to once again fall in love with the town.

The Stawell Town Plan: A Vision for the Future will inform future development and investment with a particular focus on the town centre and Western Highway precinct to make Stawell a better place to live, work, invest and visit. 

A major priority of the plan will be to guide the preferred location, type and use of new development in Stawell and to accommodate population and economic growth for the next 20-30 years. 

The plan will provide guidance to enhance the first impression of the town when entering via the highway with a focus on the Western Highway/Seaby Street intersection. 

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Murray Emerson, said with a plan in place the future of Stawell will be looking bright.

“We can’t wait to hear what the people of Stawell have in mind for their town,” he said.

“This plan will be entirely informed by expert knowledge from our consultant partners and the community, this is a plan that our residents can really take ownership of and help shape their town for future generations.”

The project will involve council, in partnership with urban designers and planners Hansen Partnership, Tim Nott Economics and Martyn Group Transport Planning, gathering input from the community to build a thorough plan for the future of Stawell.  

Improvements to streets and roads for all transport modes, including walking and cycling, will be a key consideration in this plan. 

The project will also identify opportunities for potential new public open spaces and community facilities and will also ensure the town is ready for long term population growth.

Community consultation on the plan is set to begin next month with the presentation of a Discussion Paper/Background Report and a community survey gathering feedback on that draft. 

The council received grant funding from the State Government’s  ‘Streamlining for Growth’ program and Federal Government’s ‘Building for Better Regions Fund’ for this project. 

For more information on the Stawell Town Plan: A Vision for the Future visit www.ngshire.vic.gov.au/stawell-plan

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