According to Census data, the population in Thurgoona Wirlinga has almost doubled from 6,500 to more than 11,200 in the last 10 years, with this population expected to increase to 50,000 people by 2060-2070.
The current Thurgoona Wirlinga Precinct Structure Plan was developed in 2013, and contains strategies on how the area will be developed over time. This plan has been used as a guide when considering subdivision and development proposals, as well as planning infrastructure needs.
The plan also takes into consideration things like protected environmental and heritage features, the location and density of homes across the area, and where roads, pathways, retail centres, schools, parks and playgrounds should be located.
With the significant growth and change, evolving community aspirations, and changes to planning policies over time, an updated Thurgoona Wirlinga Precinct Structure Plan will ensure new opportunities are leveraged as the area continues to grow.
The community's aspirations captured through numerous consultation activities undertaken by Council in recent years, including Towards Albury 2050, Growing Thurgoona Community Conversations, and more have been captured in a ‘What We’ve Heard (so far) Summary’ that will inform the review together with further community consultation activities.
Community members are now invited to complete a short survey to confirm that these aspirations are still relevant, and provide any other suggestions on what they'd like to see addressed in the area as it develops.
AlburyCity Mayor Kylie King said feedback from the community so far has focused on the need for infrastructure such as roads, parks and schools.
"Our community are telling us that they expect a better transport network so they can easily get around, they want to see shops, restaurants, schools, and parks close to home, as well as access to a range of housing options that suit the character of the area," said Mayor King.
"We've also heard that the community want to ensure the beautiful natural environment that first drew them to the area is preserved, and that the culture and history of First Nations people who lived there before them is acknowledged."
To complete the survey and register your interest in receiving project updates, including further consultation opportunities, visit the AlburyCity website.