Thurgoona residents urged to have a say

AlburyCity has launched a campaign to engage with the Thurgoona-Wirlinga community to help plan for high levels of growth in the area over coming decades.

The aim is not only to inform residents about the works and projects that will take place but also to invite residents and business owners to join a conversation and tell us about their visions and aspirations for Thurgoona.

The campaign will begin with a ‘Speak Out’ session at the Thurgoona Plaza on Saturday 15 September, when residents will be invited to drop in for a chat with Councillors and AlburyCity staff to discuss what’s happening already, as well as what should happen in the future.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said the aim is to have the community become involved in the future of an area expected to grow by 50,000 people over the next 50 years.

“We want to have an open conversation with our community, not only about where Council should build assets like roads, sewerage systems, and parks and gardens,  but also about how Council can work with other levels of government to improve facilities such as schools and healthcare services,” he said.

“The ‘Speak Out’ session will get that conversation started by ensuring we as a council listen to people’s concerns and aspirations and use that information to design a future for the benefit of everyone.”

An online survey has been established on AlburyCity’s website to enable all community members to have their say.

Thurgoona Bakery owner Dean West welcomed the consultation, saying it will allow residents to fully collaborate with their council to get the best possible results.

“This is a chance for the community to say what we want for our growing neighbourhoods so I urge people to get involved and visit the plaza on Saturday-week to share their opinions, or if they can’t make it to the session, visit council’s website to have a say online,” he said.

Major works to meet growth demand are already under way, with the stage four extension of Kerr Road nearing completion, new cycle and walking trails developed, and funding allocated in council’s budget for roundabout improvements to ease traffic congestion on the Elizabeth Mitchell-Thurgoona Drive intersection.

“We’re aware that easing that traffic pressure is just one step we need to take to cater for Thurgoona-Wirlinga’s growth but with community input we can also plan the best outcomes for new roads, parks and other services by tailoring those designs to the people who will use them the most – so please come along to the plaza and tell us your ideas for the future,” Cr Mack said.

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