Northern Grampians Shire Council

COMMUNITY PLANNING
Consulting the communities, township planning and setting long term goals

“Proud Past - Vibrant Future”
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Table of Contents
Shire wide planning Community planning for St Arnaud Priorities for community planning for Stawell Priorities for community planning for Halls Gap Priorities for community planning for Great Western Priorities for community planning for the rural sector 3 4 6 8 10 12

Priorities for community planning Shire-wide
In the past 12 months, Council has worked closely and in partnership with various groups and committees including the St Arnaud Development and Tourism Association (DATA), the Community Resource Centre, the St Arnaud Community Action Network, sporting clubs, the Stawell Gold Mine Focus Group, the Stawell Chamber of Commerce, sporting clubs, Residents and Ratepayers Association and Council committees. The Shire’s economic development team has held many workshops with the community, the community planning team has held initiatives to support the drought affected residents, and the infrastructure team has worked hard on capital works in the area. Through this close community contact, the Council has been able to understand some of the needs and wants of this community, and looks forward to working with them in the future to improve their town surroundings and increase industrial business investment. Utilising community consultation and feedback from various workshops and forums last year, a summary of the top priorities for the Shire are:

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Shire Wide

Plan to have at least one first class well-equipped multi purpose performance, conference and exhibition venue in the Shire. Compile asset registers in each of the following areas and decide on management development and improvement strategy. Visual Arts A) artists/art cultural groups, indigenous culture and special cultural skills specific to our Shire Heritage. B) artistic and heritage artefacts e.g. Painting, furniture plaques, documents, memorials, memorabilia etc. C) heritage assets; and D) sites of natural or historic interests Investigate the establishment of a cultural Exchange/ Friendship City program Review appropriate sites/venues for immunisation services Maternal & Child Health Service to assist the Stawell/Ararat Australian Breastfeeding Association and local Nursing Mothers Groups to remain sustainable and supporting Event stands for events/promotions Investigate options for Christmas decorations. Involve schools e.g. Public art programs, performances, choirs Seek funding to facilitate Environmental Efficiency Assessments for business Investigate opportunities for training childcare workers to provide services in rural/isolated area Investigate and review child care service delivery modes, such as facilitated playgroups for rural and isolated areas. Investigate long term sustainable water options (refer Wimmera Mallee pipeline).

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St Arnaud
Central Heritage Area
Utilising community consultation and feedback from various workshops and forums last year, a summary of the top priorities for the St Arnaud community are:

Napier Street Streetscape
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Ongoing upgrades to the streetscape Feature lighting of significant buildings Reinstate heritage lanterns Improvement to kerb height include renewal and asphalt lift Style manual for streetscape elements

Heritage Civic Precinct and Queen Mary Botanic Gardens and Pioneer Park
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Paved forecourt and broad steps Identity sign Develop the east-west pathway aligned with the Old Court House continuing into Queen Mary Gardens Continue implementation of Queen Mary Gardens conservation and management plan “The Walsh report’ and “Dixon report”

Open Space and Linkages
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Consolidate central gardens through land swap Pedestrian link from town centre to Lord Nelson Park using Alma Street and incorporating the eastern parklands (Range Reserve and Pioneer Park)

Range Reserve Upgrades
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Creation of wetland/fishing hole, viewing platform, interpretive information Restoration of old Wilson’s Hill Lookout

Miscellaneous

Develop a co-ordinated storm water management scheme including existing and proposed catchments and wetlands

Further Studies
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Undertake a feasibility study that investigates the viability and future options for the Caravan Park Undertake a feasibility study to explore the opportunity for the establishment of a transport interchange including investigation of new access roads
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St Arnaud
Marketing
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Develop and maintain linkages with economic development and tourism organisations Develop Kara Kara facilities to provide exhibition space for local and touring exhibitions Seek key destination stores

Lord Nelson Park
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In conjunction with Boards of Management continue to support the implementation of Lord Nelson master plan. In conjunction with Boards of Management continue to support the implementation of Queen Mary Gardens master plan

Municipal Early Years Plan

Develop the Fire station site adjacent to the St Arnaud Children’s Precinct to maximise Children Services use

Town Hall
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Investigate options to upgrade office facilities in former library space Investigate options for displaying Town Hall paintings and memorabilia in a more secure environment

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Stawell
Utilising community consultation and feedback from various workshops and forums last year, a summary of the top priorities for the Stawell community are:

Central Business District (CBD)

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Extend landscape and streetscape treatment at both, Northern and Southern section of the CBD to ensure shopping centre appears as a united area Consolidate and encourage all new retail development to occur within existing defined CBD precinct Encourage involvement of local artists/community to design public art for town centre

Western Highway Precinct
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Adopt and provide funding for the implementation of the Strategy Plans for landscaping of the Highway in stages Adopt and provide funding for the implementation of the Promotional and Directional Signage Strategy and implement in stages Upgrade toilets and provide a small playground in the gardens and parking area between the Shire Hall and the Court House to provide a better quality traveller’s rest

Industrial Areas

Council prepare a 10 year strategy for industrial development building on the direction of the MSS to direct industrial development to the west of town with a view to zoning more land for industrial purposes and excluding all but rural uses of this land. This review should look at EPA buffer distances for air emissions, services to the land and Council infrastructure requirements. Provide new signage at each industrial estate.

Recreation and Open Spaces

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Council further explore the opportunities to establish a joint pedestrian/cycle open space trail linking up Stawell’s major recreation reserves Council work with Stawell Gold Mine and the Department of Sustainability and Environment to adopt from this strategy the use of Moonlight Sands and Duke Sands as areas of passive open space within the open space trail and that Council work with these departments and the community to enhance these large areas of Crown Land in the town centre Develop a recreational strategy for Stawell looking at a range of recreational activities. Create an environment that promotes the sustainable operational of all tenant groups at North Park
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Pursue funding for the implementation of the North Park master plan Resurface Athletics Track on existing site, utilising the sound under surface. Install a junior cricket pitch in the centre of the new athletics track, updates to consider the staging area for emergencies as per staging area plan Relocate the Lamont Street entrance to North Park to allow improved access and egress. Divide in and out traffic with a traffic island and construct a ticket box on the traffic island

Linkages between Local Precinct and Neighbouring Townships

That Council assist or facilitate expansion of aged care/ retirement village accommodation by existing and new providers Signs in Halls Gap alerting the traveller to distances to services (banks, chemists, supermarkets and attractions) in Stawell and the Western Highway are considered essential

Stawell Goldmine Focus Group

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Work to improve community pride – undertake activities such as name of roads, avenue of honour, naming of assets, recognition of community leaders, etc Create a Stawell emblem for use on signs etc Railway links re-established Improvements to transport facilities by working with Transport Connections Program Investigate and encourage the commencement of a new industry for the future of Stawell after Gold Mining by supporting the Stawell Focus group Wineries, bulk wine storage. Brewery In Stawell to capitalise on Tourism and access to raw material

Property Development
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Seek key destination stores Council Owned Caravan Park development including the promotion of dump points areas Continue storm water harvesting opportunities

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Halls Gap
Utilising community consultation and feedback from various workshops and forums last year, a summary of the top priorities for the Stawell community are:

Projects
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Halls Gap Community Hub stage 2 development, funding, building construction, car parking, etc. Develop the Village Square concept as per the Halls Gap Community Hub Proposal Halls Gap Wetlands project to be investigated and funding to be obtained Finalise the pathway network from the Halls Gap Hotel to the National Park Visitor Centre to accommodate shared use for cyclists and walkers Investigate options for tracks from Brambuck to Halls Gap hotel Underground powerlines throughout along Grampians Road from Delley’s Bridge to the Parks Victoria information Centre Encourage involvement of local artists/community to design public art for town centre Support and work with the Halls Gap Recreation Reserve committee to continue the growth and enhancement of public park facilities

Marketing

Support the development of community based events including festivals and lifestyle

Physical Improvement
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Continue to develop streetscape and town concept plan Develop detailed design for the commercial area in consultation with the community and the traders. Works to include widened pathways, angle parking, seating, feature paving, kerbing, bike storage, etc for staged implementation Refine design for Town Square and the reclaimed open space between the re-routed Main Road and Heath Street, public access, paving, seating, pathways etc and then undertake implementation. Develop town signage based on branding and logo Northern Grampians Shire Council to prepare a policy for the rationalisation of roadside signage within the township and along the approach roads to reduce the signage clutter and minimise the visual intrusion Road widening to allow caravan parking on the west side of Main Road adjoining the northern section of the caravan park Review signage for township

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Community Development
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Facilitate local artists to link with local businesses, Halls Gap Art Project - community art and art trail development Determine upper limit for accommodation levels, occupancy rates and educate investors on tourism businesses (refer Regional Tourism Partnership)

Property Development
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Encourage diversification of retail and strengthen current business ability to expand and renew Review service infrastructure capacity and needs Monitor development pressures on Halls Gap in regard to supply and demand

Environmental Sustainability
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Investigate funding for Green Streets program Improve the number and quality of public toilets in Halls Gap town centre to cater for visitor needs.

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Great Western
Utilising community consultation and feedback from various workshops and forums last year, a summary of the top priorities for the Stawell community are:

Town centre beautification
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Plant additional trees for shade Information Board in Cubitt Streets and all rest areas Low level planting at the pedestrian refuges Investigate options for Eco toilet for the Vic Roads wayside stop Link toilets, playground and war memorial via path at Memorial Park Path and pave forecourt to Historical Display Area Footpath in Paxton Street Planting of vines and creepers around Memorial Park Look at options of create new wine village entrance signs

Red Bend Road Reserve and Environs
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Provision for shelter over existing table Investigate options for Eco toilet Provide additional seating/picnic facilities

Sport and recreation reserves
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Improve oval lighting Maintain trees in hedge row to define reserve boundary by the Eric FH Thomson Sports reserve Continue to work with committee of management to improve facilities Identify the limitations imposed by the lack of sewerage i.e. limits on industry, business expansion etc Improve town drains i.e. improve existing drains, swales, bioremediational trenches in conjunction with new sewerage system Look at options to reuse water for reserves

Pedestrian facilities

Improve pedestrian linkages and routes to key sites throughout the town i.e. town centre to memorial park, recreation reserve, school etc (this may be linked as a heritage walk) Investigate disability access at highway crossings at Cubitt Street

Safer local roads
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Create right/left hand turning lanes from Highway into Rennie Street (refer Vic Roads) Maintain as a key tourist route and maintain load limits on Humpback bridge

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Town entrances

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Replicate Street lighting at towns eastern entrance at the Stawell end to ‘bookmark’ the town and provide a quality entrance / exit experience at both ends of town Township Identification Signs i.e. 2.0km from town – both ends Adopt theme colour's (Heritage Green and Cream) which can be used consistently throughout the town (i.e. Bin covers, seats, signs etc) Review number and location of signage Install bin enclosures to existing bins Ensure consistent design and colours are used for all public seating Tourist information board in rest areas

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Rural Sector
Utilising community consultation and feedback from various workshops and forums last year, a summary of the top priorities for the Stawell community are:

Priorities

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Identify and work with the community on special projects to address rural health and wellbeing, social and recreational demands, and business operations. Continue implementation of Urban Design Frameworks for Stuart Mill, Navarre and Marnoo. Fostering community spirit and connectedness, and supporting community groups when they embark on worthy projects to benefit their towns. Continue to support agricultural businesses in this time of drought through continued commitment to climate action research and innovative farming forums to support and educate our rural communities.

Consultative meetings, Strategies and Plans referenced and used to formulate this document
St Arnaud Urban Design Framework Business/ Marketing Plan- Village Well Lord Nelson Park Master Plan Report Stawell Urban Design Framework Stawell Gold Mine Focus Group Draft Business/ Marketing Plan- Village Well North Park Master Plan Cato Park Master Plan Halls Gap Business & Marketing Plan- Village Well Urban Design Framework Great Western Urban Design Framework Northern Grampians Planning Scheme Shire Wide Arts & Cultural Strategy Municipal Early Years Plan

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