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EDITORIAL: Time to think, plan

It’s a vicious cycle. 

Development needs planning. Planning leads to development. 

Both require time, consideration, information, engagement, financial backing – and ultimately, results. 

Meaningful results that make a positive impact on people’s lives. 

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And so the cycle turns. 

When Horsham council announced it would relocate its depot from Selkirk Drive in the city’s centre to Plumpton Road in February, this editorial gave space to a celebration of the opportunity that availability of land, in such a prime location, could offer to the community and generations to come. 

The future is now, and it’s time to think big, the editorial read. 

This week, the council released its draft Horsham City Urban Renewal Project document – a proposal for the Selkirk Drive land, along with two other nearby precincts, offering housing and commercial development opportunities. 

The renewal project would address urgent needs to allow our regional city, and the broader region, to grow; to effectively and efficiently embrace the changes that are forecast, and those changes that are yet to be known, for our future. 

And it calls for community submissions, with a generous consultation period accommodating for Christmas and school holiday priorities.  

It’s a chance to have your say on what the future of Horsham might look like – for the benefit of the children of today, and their families, friends and communities. It’s important also to recognise how this project fits among the other, live documents and plans – and those on the cusp of consultation, or action – for the regional city and broader areas. 

Which isn’t a simple task. 

The draft plans. The glossy documents and concept drawings that pose what could be; but take considerable time to bring to fruition, can begin to meld into one. 

It’s a planning fatigue. A vicious cycle. 

Development needs planning, planning leads to development – and time will tell what action ensues. 

But there’s no better time than now to have your say. 

What do you think? 

Share your thoughts in a letter to or visit the office in Stawell Road, Horsham; please note, guidelines apply.

The entire November 29, 2023 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire November 29, 2023 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!