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Stawell master plan taking shape

Stawell Christmas carols in Cato Park.

Stawell Christmas carols in Cato Park.

A master plan to guide development of Central Park, Cato Park and Maud Street dam precincts in Stawell has municipal approval.
Northern Grampians Shire Council has endorsed Stawell Parks Precinct Master Plan, a project funded by an $18,700 grant from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions program, in partnership with the council.
The plan has identified the engagement, consultation and positive community benefits and long-term community aspirations involving the precincts. The master plan also identifies goals and directions for each location, as well as issues such as paths and access, fit-for-purpose assets, presentation and interface, lakes, wildlife and play facilities.
Stawell Ward councillor Murray Emerson said the planning process had involved about six months of work.
He said it had included monthly meetings for a community reference group and professional advice from the consultants.
“From here we intend to move forward in instigating the plan, which will include more community consultation and hopefully in time we’ll be able to deliver on the feedback that we’ve received throughout the process,” he said.
The process began with a community engagement period, which included community walks through the precincts to gather information about community ideas or issues involving the areas.
Additional community engagement included social media, face-to-face meetings, letter drops and meetings with key stakeholders such as Grampians Community Health, Stawell Regional Health, Eventide Homes, schools and more.
A community reference group also formed to provide extensive knowledge and input into the creation of the final plan.
The council then engaged open-space consultants @Leisure Planners to produce a plan that incorporated the outcomes from the community engagement period. The plan has in turn helped inform the council on strategic planning and future investment opportunities for the spaces.
People seeking more information about the Stawell Parks Precinct Master Plan can visit website

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