Central Goldfields Shire Council adopted the Population, Housing and Residential Strategy at its Council Meeting last Tuesday night (26/05).
The strategy aims to give direction to future residential settlement and ensure there is an adequate supply of land available for residential purposes to accommodate projected population growth for 15 years. For the first time Council has evidence-based data on which to base its decisions.
The strategy responds to the uncertainties of predicting population growth by providing three scenarios based on previous demographic trends and potential future drivers of growth. This will enable a flexible response to residential demand as it emerges.
Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said while the strategy will accommodate future population growth of the shire, it will also provide guidance on balancing greenfield and infill development while protecting heritage.
“The Population, Housing and Residential Strategy will help ensure the provision of diverse land and housing types across the shire over the coming years while also retaining the historical character of our larger towns and smaller townships.
“As well as managing growth within the natural forest boundary surrounding Maryborough, it will provide direction for residential development in Dunolly and Talbot, including the issue of wastewater management in the latter.”