Community Forum Notes - 16 May 2019

More than 15 people attended the Barnawartha Community Forum on Tuesday night, 14 May 2019, with topics ranging from comment on the 2019/20 draft budget, trucks going through town, speed limits, water bubblers and a potential community book swap box.

The forum heard an update on the progress of the draft Barnawartha Structure Plan. The revised draft Plan will be released for public exhibition on 21 May 2019 with copies available on Council’s website and hard copies at Council’s Service Centres. There will also be community information sessions at the Barnawartha Soldier’s Memorial Hall on Thursday June 6 from 5-7pm and Saturday June 8 from 9-11am. The community will be invited to consider the revised details and recommendations and provide feedback to enable the final Structure Plan to be completed.

Other items discussed included:

  • Council’s 2019/20 draft budget was discussed and information on how to make a submission
  • A new public toilet is proposed for Barnawartha in the draft budget, community consultation is requested
  • Other suggestions for the budget included:
    • Sealing of the Recreation Reserve carpark
    • Improvements to the town entry
    • Maintenance of creek towards Palmer’s Rd
    • A second creek crossing
    • Improving the rough road at the railway crossing
  • Request for a water bubbler in the park
  • Disappointment at the decision of Placemaking priorities
  • Desire for a library book swap
  • Speed of traffic in Havelock Street
  • Tracks and trails:
    • linking Barnawartha to Indigo Valley
    • along Indigo Creek
    • Barnawartha and Chiltern
  • Public transport options
  • Concerns the CFA has not been adequately consulted in the Structure Plan process
  • Need for greater community voice in Council decisions and increased transparency
  • Trucks going through town causing issues
  • Truck companies provide employment
  • Roundabout an issue for trucks
  • Concern about the 100kph speed limit on Chiltern-Barnawartha Road and suggestion for an 80kph limit
  • Trucks and planning permit conditions
  • Is there a possibility of a Barnawartha standpipe