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Update on Plan Harcourt

People gathering around at Harcourt Bowling Club.

Monday 1 April 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council has released an update on Plan Harcourt with a new paper on what it heard from the community during the first round of consultation on the project.

Plan Harcourt aims to consolidate and develop long term strategic plans for the town to set the scene for future development.

The Plan Harcourt: What We Heard paper highlights five key themes that have emerged that will shape the preparation of the strategic plan.

The themes include: managing growth and development in a village setting, defining the town centre, access and transport connections, the importance of apple growing and vineyards, and the value of open spaces, native trees and views to Harcourt’s identity and sense of place.

“We’ve had many valuable conversations with residents, community groups and stakeholders since we started discussions on the project in November last year,” said Lauren Watt, Acting Coordinator Strategic Planning.

“We heard from local residents at information sessions and pop up spaces, we spoke to children at Harcourt Valley Primary School and met with many different community groups and clubs,” said Ms Watt.

“Council also received feedback through 39 written submissions, 56 surveys and more than 40 big ideas on an online interactive map.”

“We will use the feedback summarised in the What We Heard paper to guide the next stage of the project.”

Plan Harcourt will include a Township Framework Plan and a Place Activation Plan, and is
expected to come back to the community for further feedback around mid-year.

The draft plan will make recommendations for zonings to guide future land use, plans to improve connectivity and enhance the town centre, and ways to protect valued assets.

To find out more about the project, download the What We Heard paper from Council’s website or pick up a copy from around town. The report is available from the Goldfields Track Café, Harcourt Post Office, Harcourt Service Station, and the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/PlanHarcourt or contact Strategic Planning by email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 5471 1700.

Image: Locals shared their vision for Harcourt at public information sessions around the town.

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