Development Victoria is encouraging the Wodonga community to get involved in shaping the future direction of the city’s Junction Place project.
An expression of interest process is now open to recruit the inaugural members of the Junction Place Community Reference Group (CRG).
The Community Reference Group will be made up of an independent chair, community and business representatives as well as Junction Place tenants, Wodonga Council, Development Victoria and developer representatives.
The initial term of the CRG will be for four years with CRG members appointed for a two-year term.
Development Victoria’s Acting Group Head Precincts Niall Cunningham said establishing the Community Reference Group is an important step to ensure the community is kept informed on how the project is progressing.
“We appreciate that the community is keen to have input into the future of Junction Place and we are committed to engaging with the community as part of the project delivery,” Mr Cunningham said.
“The Community Reference Group is an important step to ensure ongoing involvement of the community with ourselves and Wodonga Council to achieve the best outcome for Junction Place.
“In meetings with community representatives and stakeholders we’ve gained a deeper understanding of the community’s aspirations for this site. We will continue to work closely with council and other stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for this important site – and the community.”
Mr Cunningham said future engagement activities will be planned for the community in conjunction with the Community Reference Group and Wodonga Council.
Wodonga mayor Cr Kev Poulton has welcomed Development Victoria’s commitment to better engage with the community.
“We’re looking forward to working further with Development Victoria and our community to harness feedback and ideas so that Junction Place can achieve its potential for the benefit of our community now and for generations to come,” he said.
Junction Place is Australia’s largest regional urban renewal initiative that aims to transform central Wodonga into a vibrant entertainment and community precinct.
The project will create more than 1000 local jobs and boost economic growth in the northern Victorian city.