Current Status

Confirmation of the draft Vision and Key Directions for the study area is an important and necessary step in enabling completion of the full Mildura East Growth Area Strategic Framework Plan.

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held 28 April 2022, it was proposed and then resolved at the June 2022 meeting, for Council to defer consideration of the draft documents until the 28 July 2022 meeting of Council.

The draft Vision & Key Directions and draft Key Issues Report were adopted by Council at it's 28 July 2022 Council meeting.

Please see the media release below which provides information around the endorsement of this crucial document that will cater for the development needs of the Mildura region for the next three decades.

MRCC Media Release 29 July 2022

Next Steps

The Vision & Key Directions, July 2022 will now be finalised in line with the Council resolution passed and the project will progress to the next stage, with a view to completion in the second half of the year (2022).

Background

Mildura Rural City Council is working with Hansen Partnership to prepare the Mildura East Growth Area Strategic Framework Plan. The study area extends from Irymple to Nichols Point, and from Cowra Avenue to Irymple Avenue, as well as a number of smaller areas at the edge of Mildura, for which no development plan has yet been prepared.

This project seeks to provide long-term vision and strategic direction for the study area, which will guide future growth of the precinct, including land use, built form, and public spaces. It also seeks to guide future residential development, so that development occurs by the most efficient provision of drainage infrastructure. The Framework Plan will also seek to identify how such infrastructure might be funded.

The Framework Plan will be used to update relevant aspects of the Mildura Planning Scheme, to ensure Council’s decision-making achieves enhanced economic, social and environmental objectives for the future of this important precinct for the next 30 years.

Community Consultation

Since commencing this project in September 2021, Council has had an open conversation with landowners, residents and visitors to the study area, including government authorities, industry professionals and a number of stakeholder groups; seeking to identify and explore the issues and opportunities within Mildura East.

Interested parties have also had the opportunity to talk to the project team about their ideas and discuss appropriate responses to the issues raised. Recent consultation in January and February 2022, saw the exhibition for formal public comment of the draft Vision & Key Directions and draft Key Issues reports respectively, for the study area.

Supporting material from these rounds of consultation, such as copies of survey's, project bulletins and draft documents are available for download or viewing from the Document Library on this webpage.

Stage 1 - Developing the Draft Vision & Key Directions

Please click links below to see details of previous rounds of consultation undertaken for this project.
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    Round 1 Consultation - Visioning

    6-30 September 2021

    Purpose: to hear from landowners, residents, visitors and interest groups regarding what they consider to be important and valued in the study area, and what they want the Mildura East Growth Area Vision to be.

    Method: Two online community workshops (17 September and 29 September) and an online Landowner Survey were available during the consultation period.

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    Round 2 Consultation - Developing the Vision and Key Directions for the Study Area

    11 November 2021 (Online Workshop)

    Purpose: to seek further input, to explore the issues raised in Round 1.

    Method: An online consultation session was held on 11 November 2021 via zoom, to provide interested parties with the opportunity to talk to the project team and to discuss appropriate responses to issues affecting the area.

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    Round 3 Consultation - Exhibition of the Draft Vision and Key Directions

    14 January 2022 to 28 February 2022 - Formal Public Comment

    Purpose: The discussions held and input received from Round 2 Consultation has been used by Hansen Partnership to inform the preparation of a draft Vision & Key Directions Report and a draft Key Issues Report.

    Method: The draft reports were available for viewing at Council's Madden Avenue and Deakin Avenue Service Centres and the Mildura Library (if open) and also available for download from the project web page during exhibition.

    Additionally, online community drop-in-sessions were held Wednesday, 9 February 2022 at 12pm and 6pm respectively, giving those interested an opportunity to chat to the consultants and ask any questions.

    The session was on-line due to uncertainty around Covid-19, with a link sent to all registered participants and alternative arrangements offered to those without internet access.

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    Adoption of the Draft Vision & Key Directions

    Adopted at the 28 July 2022 Council Meeting. Report to be finalised in line with meeting resolution.

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    Stage 1 Completed

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    No documents currently being exhibited for comment

    Comment on the Draft Vision & Key Directions closed 28 February 2022. The draft Vision & Key Directions were Adopted 28 July 2022.

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