A draft planning strategy designed to guide rural land use, protect conservation land and promote diversified economic development over a 10 to 15 year period for land south of Greenlands Road in the Shire of Murray, has been released for public comment.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the Draft Southern Palusplain Strategy (the Strategy) aims to balance economic opportunities with the needs of this sensitive environment, while maintaining the highly valued rural character of the area.
“The Shire has developed the Strategy in close consultation with the community and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, over a number of years,” Cr. Bolt said.
Key objectives proposed in the Strategy for the identified area which is bounded by South Western Highway, the Shire of Waroona and Peel-Harvey Estuary, include supporting the agriculture industry, growing the equine industry, enhancing and enabling tourism opportunities, enhancing and protecting the natural environment, preserving the rural landscape character, ensuring sustainable growth for Coolup and minimising land use conflicts.
Cr. Bolt encouraged community members to have their say, as feedback will play a vital role in shaping how Council and the Western Australian Planning Commission determine land use and development potential for Coolup and surrounding rural areas.
“This is essentially the final opportunity for landowners of property in the affected area to confirm they are happy with the Strategy’s land use proposals prior to the Strategy being endorsed by the State Government.
“Additionally, while the Shire and State Government agree on most components of the Strategy, there are differing views for the long-term residential expansion of Coolup and the provision of equine living development opportunities for the existing town site.
“The Shire has therefore decided to release both the Western Australian Planning Commission and Shire preferred draft strategy outcomes for comment,” Cr. Bolt said.
To view the Strategy and supporting documentation visit yoursay.murray.wa.gov.au.
Submissions close 4:00pm Friday 5 April, 2019.
The Shire of Murray are hosting a community forum at the Coolup Community Hall on Tuesday 19 March from 6:00pm, for community members seeking further information and offering further opportunity to address queries regarding the implications of the alternate land use options.