MURRAY Bridge Council will seek community views on the town's future as it plans a 3500-home development.
With the support of developer Burke Urban, the Murray Bridge Council has launched the community consultation project because it wants to ensure locals are happy with the development and the town's future direction.
The development is on an 853ha site south of the South-Eastern Freeway at Gifford Hill and is a joint venture between the Murray Bridge Racing Club and Burke Urban.
It includes the Murray Bridge racetrack and equine centre, allotments for horse trainers, large rural allotments, and medium-density housing in and around the village centre.
There will also be shops, a school, retirement village and recreation facilities. The project, titled "Imagine", comes as the Mt Barker community today takes its fight against development to Parliament House.
Groups will speak at a hearing of the Environment Resources and Development Committee, which is considering the controversial rezoning.
Murray Bridge Mayor Allan Arbon said Imagine would include community workshops from the end of February, led by Village Well, which worked on the Ararat Revitalisation Project in rural Victoria. He said the council wanted to understand community wants and needs as the area grew.
"Particularly with this development; it's a big one - potentially 10,000 people when it's finished - so it's going to be a big part of our community," he said. "It's far better that they're happy and we get their input now than when a decision has been made. We need to get it right ... it can be disjointed if we don't do it properly."
Burke Urban managing director Kym Burke said the development would provide for two decades of growth in Murray Bridge.
Murray Bridge residents and horse trainers Kym Buick and partner Trudy Robinson said while there had been some hesitancy from trainers, the new development had been generally well received.
"The council are being involved and they do want to know what everyone thinks," Mr Buick said. Ms Robinson said the couple and their son Ryder would probably move to the new development.
Wayno wrote:I believe 853 hectares is approx 8.5km x 1km (or just under 3km x 3km), which is about the size of central Murray Bridge - so a doubling in size!
Gifford Hill is here.
rhino wrote:I would like to know what is going to sustain this growth. Any ideas?
Wayno wrote:rhino wrote:I would like to know what is going to sustain this growth. Any ideas?
metro wrote:where abouts is it in MB?
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