Mildura Weekly : Friday December 13 Vol 8 No 7
Mildura Weekly – 13/12/13 3 www.milduraphonebook.com.au IRYMPLE and Nichols Point will eventually be part of the main urban area of Mildura, according to a document described as a blueprint for Sunray- sia’s future development for the next 30 years. The Mildura Hous- ing and Settlement Strat- egy was considered at last night’s monthly meeting of Mildura Rural City Councillors, and if ad- opted, will form the basis for major amendments to Council’s planning scheme, which will in turn set the future direc- tion for development in the district. The document states that in the short-to-medi- um term, South Mildura will continue to be one of the main growth cor- ridors for urban develop- ment, stretching first to Sixteenth Street before growing out to Seven- teenth Street. However, it states that in the longer term, de- velopment will need to push towards Irymple and Nichols Point. “Given the constraints posed to the south by the Mildura Airport, and to the north and west by the Murray River, if Mildura continues to grow in the longer term, growth to the east is inevitable, no mat- ter how efficiently land with the existing urban area is used,” the docu- ment states. “Due to the proximity of Irymple and Nichols Point to Mildura city, this area and its communities will inevitably be com- pacted by the longer term growth.” The strategy predicts that along with this east- erly growth, there will be “consolidation and re- newal” of Mildura’s exist- ing urban area. These predictions are just a small part of the much wider document that maps out how devel- opment should occur in both the main urban ar- eas as well as the future of the city’s satellite towns, including Red Cliffs, Merbein, Nangiloc and Ouyen. According to Council, 31 people forwarded sub- missions in response to the document, the major- ity of which were support- ive of the strategy. Despite the docu- ment’s size and scope it does not address the fu- ture of the older irrigated areas. Council says this will be addressed in a separate study. Deputy Mildura May- or and Councillor for Economic Development, John Arnold, RIGHT, said the document was vital in planning how the district will grow. “This document is very important because as the district expands, we have to make sure ev- erything is in place, and it doesn’t just cover Mil- dura, it covers our sur- rounding areas as well,” Cr Arnold said. While the strategy predicts an expansion to- wards Irymple, it stresses the importance of the township retaining its identity. Similarly, it recom- mends Nichols Point’s “larger lot characteristics” should also be protected to provide a diversity of development areas, or ‘settlements’. It also encouraged the growth of residential de- velopment in Mildura’s central business district and along the waterfront, stressing this should be a priority for Council. “It would not only provide diversification of housing on offer, but sup- port the viability of the Mildura CBD in the face of growth in Fifteenth Street,” the document stated. Nichols Point, Irymple in our growth corridor By Ben Piscioneri firstname.lastname@example.org SHOPPERS in Mildura’s central business district will be given the gift of extra time over the peak shopping period, with many of the one-hour car parks in the CBD to be expanded to two hours. The initiative – a col- laboration between Mil- dura City Heart and Mil- dura Rural City Council – will see approximately 150 one-hour park- ing bays on Eighth and Ninth Streets between Deakin and Lime Av- enues doubled to two-hour spots until Wednesday, January 1. Mildura City Heart Manager, Tess Lane, said extended parking had been introduced to encourage residents to shop locally and sup- port CBD businesses. “It’s a very busy time in the City Heart, and we want shoppers to en- joy the Christmas shop- ping experience without continually glancing at their watches,” she said. Economic Develop- ment and Tourism Port- folio Councillor, John Arnold, said visitors to the CBD should check signs carefully. “The car spaces af- fected by these changes will be clearly marked with signage updated to reflect extra time,” he said. “We are encourag- ing shoppers to be a little more aware of the changed time periods, and to double check all signs before leaving their cars.” Council also ad- vised parking in front of the banks on Dea- kin Avenue will remain unchanged during this time. 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