Mount Beauty facilities the focus of three current Council documents

COUNCIL is dedicated to ensuring the ongoing future of Mount Beauty’s community and recreation facilities, and is working on a number of documents to help guide the management and planning of facilities into the future.

In response to some confusion within the community, Council is seeking to clarify the work taking place in planning for the town’s future.

Three main documents are in different stages of development, but will all contribute to the long-term planning for the town’s facilities.

The Mount Beauty Recreation Reserve Master Plan was developed, placed on public exhibition and adopted in 2011. This document sets out the future plan for the Mount Beauty Recreation Reserve.

Mount Beauty Urban Design Strategy - $25,000 in State Government funding to develop this plan was secured last month – it is not yet in draft form, but the community will be consulted during its development and before it is adopted by Council.

Mount Beauty Community Facilities Strategy – Independent consultants K2 Planning and Third Ecology were hired by Council early this year to assess community facilities, with the resulting document to help guide the development of the strategy.

Council’s Manager Communities Alison Banks said the plan took into account the history and condition of the buildings, internal documents and reports relating to Mount Beauty, existing groups and anticipated future requirements.

“The resulting document is a guide to help Council in the development of the Mount Beauty Community Facilities Strategy and was not a public document,” she said.

“We have entered into extensive consultation with 37 community groups to develop a draft of this strategy, using the consultant’s document as a reference and feedback point for these discussions.

“The information received has been valuable and will form the basis of the final Mount Beauty Community Facilities Strategy which will be circulated.”

Every interested community member will have the opportunity to contribute to the draft strategy by making a submission to Council when the draft is placed on public exhibition in May.

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