Beechworth, Stanley and Wooragee

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More than 40 people attended our combined Beechworth, Stanley and Wooragee Community Forum on Tuesday 2 August at the Beechworth Town Hall. 

Our CEO, Trevor Ierino, provided an update on projects currently underway as well as those recently completed. Questions submitted via our pre-forum online form were also addressed.

Your can view the presentation, including answers to the questions by clicking the link below.

Community Forum Presentation 2 August, 2022(PPTX, 7MB)

Additional Feedback

Councillors and senior staff addressed a number of questions after the meeting concluded and the following were submitted for Council consideration.

  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Community appointed chairperson at forums
  • Community forums to be run as a group as whole
  • Air BnB’s are necessary for a tourist town vs rental accommodation shortage
  • Street Lighting – Albert Road, Finger Street near Ambulance Station, Frederick Street
  • Fixed trade hawkers permit, need one in Indigo, more availability to provide trade in open spaces. To activate along rail trail even – would love to provide coffee at Lake Sambell
  • For disability workers and their clients, the library is only really accessible or the pub so you end up just touring the streets
  • Planning permits needing prompt reply, whether resolved or not. Communication is key!
  • Better transparency in town planning, available to the community
  • Advocate for better planning
  • Improving planning permit timelines and prioritising tiny houses – service staff/low income households
  • Planning and building permits to be completed quicker (3-6 month turn around)
  • Increase communication/responsiveness/transparency
  • Improve childcare facilities – timeline? Family day care?
  • Support young families to return to work through child minding capabilities
  • Changing demographic of communities – in particular the increase in young families
  • Fit for purpose facilities – for instance, enclosed pool to cater for all ages (child/early years swimming lessons, youth activities, seniors socialising, exercise) Members of the entire community currently drive to Wangaratta or Albury Wodonga.
  • Childcare – Action ASAP
  • Planning – Action to improve processing ASAP
  • Enclosed/heated pool – As soon as practical
  • I value the heritage streetscape of Beechworth and the prevalence of small businesses versus big brand stores
  • I would like to see the characteristics protected as these are available in communities nearby if that’s what people desire
  • As a father of primary school aged child, facilities for outdoor play, recreation and organised sports are a high priority
  • I would like to see the community welcome new residents, particularly young families to ensure a vibrant and active community for all
  • While preservation of heritage buildings and streetscapes is important, seeing buildings unoccupied and falling into disrepair is not the answer. Proactive advocacy for sensible and sustainable maintenance and development must be pursued