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Tell us your vision for Harcourt

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Tell us your vision for Harcourt to help us form a strategic plan and planning processes to shape the growing town.

Friday 23 November 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has launched an eight week consultation period to inform a
strategic plan for Harcourt and is encouraging the community to get involved.

“Plan Harcourt provides the overarching long term strategic plan for the town to set the
scene for future development,” said Dominique Trickey, Coordinator Strategic Planning,
Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“It builds on previous plans developed in consultation with the community and will establish
the planning processes needed to help shape the growing town.”

Plan Harcourt focuses on the area within the township boundary. It also includes land
adjacent to Harmony Way as far south as Elphinstone as this is an important southern
gateway to the town.

“We recently held two information sessions to launch the project and there are plenty more
ways for everyone to get involved,” said Ms Trickey.

“A good place to start is by reading the discussion paper or come and chat to our strategic
planning team at pop-up office spaces at different locations around town.

“We’ve also created a survey, and an online interactive map where you can share your ideas
and inspiration on what you love about Harcourt and what you would like to see,” she said.

The project team is meeting with community groups and is encouraging locals to set up their
own kitchen table meeting to discuss the plan with family and friends. The team would love
to join you to hear your ideas.

Harcourt is identified for residential expansion and population growth in the Mount Alexander
Planning Scheme and the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan.

The main township area currently has a population of approximately 450 and could
accommodate an additional 2,500 people depending on different development scenarios.

Strategic planning is needed to ensure there is enough land supply and infrastructure to
accommodate the predicted growth while protecting the surrounding agricultural land uses,
irrigation network and other natural and cultural features.

The project will be completed in three stages. The first stage presents a consolidated set of
plans to the community and stakeholders to test if they still represent everyone’s aspirations
for the growing town.

5 ways to get involved

• Read the discussion paper and answer some questions to tell us your vision
• Complete the Plan Harcourt survey
• Let us know your big idea for Harcourt using an interactive map
• Drop in to a pop-up project office or set up a meeting to chat with the project team
• Make a written submission

For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/PlanHarcourt or contact
5471 1700. You can also pick up the survey and discussion paper around town.

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