Foster Community Assoc.

Important: your chance to comment on Foster’s future

The Draft Foster Community Infrastructure Plan is currently available for community comment.  The Draft Plan provides recommendations for services and facilities to meet the needs of the Foster community for the next 20 years.  It includes a detailed audit of current infrastructure and the current population and forecasts the needs of a changing, growing population.  The plan aims to maximise the use of existing facilities for the current and future communities of Foster and visitors to the area and support decision making and planning by Council and the community. Submissions close 5pm Friday 29 April 2016.

Foster Community Infrastructure Plan The Foster Community Infrastructure Plan provides recommendations for services and facilities to meet the needs of the Foster community for the next 20 years.  It includes a detailed audit of current infrastructure and the current population and forecasts the needs of a changing, growing population.  The plan aims to maximise the use of existing facilities for the current and future communities of Foster and visitors to the area and support decision making and planning by Council and the community.

The plan includes 8 key recommendations
1.    Encourage the development of Master Plans by committees of management of Council facilities
2.   Application for funding be assessed against criteria outlined in the Blueprint for Community Infrastructure
3.    Support one or more tenants from Stockyard Gallery to find an alternative site
4.    Increase capacity of facilities with multiple meeting rooms to allow shared use of kitchens, offices and toilets
5.    Connect public parks and open space via footpath and cycle networks
6.    Support the training needs of volunteers in organisations and the community
7.    Combine promotion of adult education, available meeting rooms, volunteer opportunities
8.    By 2030 investigate development of community learning hub

Exhibition The exhibition period closes on Friday 29 April at 5pm. The draft infrastructure plan can be inspected at the following locations:

•    Foster Library – Main Street Foster
•    Foster Community House and Learning Centre – Station Road Foster
Leongatha:
•    South Gippsland Shire Council reception – 9 Smith Street Leongatha
•    Online 
•    Leongatha Library – 25 Smith Street Leongatha
Southern Mobile Library – Port Welshpool, Tarwin Lower, Sandy Point, Welshpool, Fish Creek and Toora.

Who can make a submission? Any person may make a submission
•    in writing via email or letter or
•    verbally via interview or group discussion.Submissions in writing: Written submissions must include the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating support or opposition and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

Verbal submissions:  May be made via a discussion with a council officer by appointment.  Notes taken in the discussion will be agreed by the submitter and their contact details included.  To make an appointment to discuss the draft plan please call Vicki Bradley, Social Planning Officer on 5662 9809.

Why do I have to provide my name and contact details?
These details are used for Council to consider submissions and to notify you of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public meetings held to consider submissions. Council must make available for inspection a copy of any submissions made.

A submission is a public document and copies may be made available to other parties. However Council will use or disclose personal information that we collect from you only:
–     for the primary purpose for which it was collected; and
–    for uses required or authorised by law

The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Friday 29 April 2016 . Submission can be sent ‘Attention Vicki Bradley’, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or email council@southgippsland.vic.gov.au

What happens next?
Once submissions are received the document is reviewed to consider the submissions and a final document prepared.  The final document is presented to Council who may approve it and adopt it or recommend that further investigation be completed.
Once the document is finalised and adopted it is made available via Council’s website for use by Council or the community for planning, discussions with developers or to support grant applications.

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