South-West Minister Norm Marlborough says he is heartened by the initial public response to the proposal to develop foreshore land in Busselton.
“This is an exciting time for the people of Busselton, who now have the opportunity to consider a project that will ensure the preservation of an historical icon while planning for the next generation,” Mr Marlborough said.
“This project will see the development of some fantastic opportunities which will provide young people with a future and more of a reason to stay in town.”
The Minister made the comments ahead of the start of the consultation process in which details of the planning concepts for the revitalisation of Busselton’s town centre and foreshore would be explained.
“We are now at a stage where the Busselton Jetty working group’s proposal for land development, with input from the Shire of Busselton, is ready to be presented for public discussion,” he said.
Busselton residents have been invited to Churchill Park Hall on Sunday, October 8 between 3:30pm and 5pm and again on Monday, October 9 between 10am and noon to view early concepts and options, meet members of the project team and submit feedback relating to the foreshore area.
The community engagement consultants for the working group, Estill Associates, have been in charge of contacting key stakeholders and the wider community with an invitation to attend the consultation meetings.
“These public information display and feedback sessions form part of a wider consultation process,” Mr Marlborough said.
The State Government’s $500,000 contribution to conduct a feasibility study and community consultation has enabled the Busselton Jetty working group to engage consultants to gather the community’s views regarding the proposed land development.
“Community input will be integral to the success of any land development around the jetty and in the town,” the Minister said.
Results from the first stage of consultation are expected to be finalised by the end of October.
“The views of the community will be used to guide the creation of a detailed concept plan, which would then be presented to the shire and State Cabinet for formal consideration,” Mr Marlborough said.
The Busselton Jetty Working Group consists of representatives from the Shire of Busselton working in partnership with State Government agencies including the South West Development Commission, Department for Planning and Infrastructure, LandCorp and Tourism Western Australia.
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