Monday, 27 March 2017

Progress (or not!) on the Newstead Community Plan

The 2013 Newstead Plan, after gathering a huge number of ideas from an awful lot of locals, focused on the Top Ten.

You can read the plan here  - page 3 lists the ten priorities, page 18 shows how you how the 600+ suggestions were gathered from 400+ local people and pages 26-30 shows you some more of the thoughts beyond the Top Ten.

Between June 2014 and June 2015 a series of Rocket Science sessions were held to dig deeper into these ten ideas and try to set in place some actions on each of them.

Here is a summary of progress to date and links to the session announcements and, in some cases, notes on what took place. The final session, reported on here, summarised everything.

1. Refurbishing and revitalising the Newstead Station as an Arts Precinct

A Newstead 2021 sub-committee runs the Station Arts Hub. Newstead Salon Inc is pursuing similar renovations of the Goods Shed.
Session announcement
Contact newsteadartshub@gmail.com, Public Facebook Group, Blog, on Instagram on your phone @newstead_arts_hub

2. Creating a Pedestrian Bridge across the Loddon River to connect both sides of town

The bridge idea was firmly rejected as potentially adding to flooding risk but VicRoads are assessing a pedestrian protection (like Carisbrook) on the road bridge.
Session announcement

3. Establishing a Skate and bike park and community activity centre

The group looking into this continues to do so.
Session announcement
Session notes

4. Establishing a connected network of walking and bike paths and trails between Newstead and surrounding towns, using existing easements and bushland areas

Newstead Walks and Wheels, auspiced by Newstead 2021, is actively planning four tracks.

Session announcement
Session notes
Contact newsteadwalksandwheels@gmail.com

5. A major renewal of street trees within the town precinct 

There has been no substantial movement on this, however street trees are a common element to many Plans so Shire input is anticipated.
Session announcement

6.Establishing a “Support and Sustain our Volunteers” Initiative for volunteers and community Groups

No real progress but the RTC is strong on this.
Session announcement
Session notes

7. Develop a local business strategy for Newstead to build business and employment opportunities

No real progress.
Session announcement

8. Planning for a liveable Newstead, to ensure Newstead retains its unique built and natural values into the future

Some local input into Shire’s Urban Growth Strategy in 2016.

 9. Catering for our ageing population through access and accommodation

Newstead and District Affordable Housing has been incorporated (Chair Michael Redden).
Session announcement
Session notes
A later session, Elder Care - this changes everything really galvanised this
Contact newsteadaffordablehousing@gmail.com

10. A road safety focus to minimise traffic impacts  and create a safe and quiet township

VicRoads is actively pursuing two proposals – a pair of pedestrian sanctuaries at Panmure/Lyons and a Carisbrook-style pedestrian barrier on the road bridge.

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