Tuesday, 20 October 2020
THE Moree community will have the opportunity to shape the master plan for the Moree Special Activation Precinct (SAP), with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall urging locals to attend upcoming pop-up sessions, landholder briefings and an Enquiry-by-Design workshop.
Mr Marshall said members of the master planning team would be in Moree this week, and again next month, to meet with locals and Moree Plains Shire Councillors.
“The Moree SAP is going to take our agriculture and region to the world, and create thousands of local jobs in the process, which is why it’s so important the community is given a say on its development,” Mr Marshall said.
“These briefings and information sessions are a key step in the master planning process as the State Government talks to the people that know Moree best – the local community and businesses – to find out what they think will and won’t work here and what they love about our region.
“The workshop will involve an experienced team of town planners, urban designers, engineers and scientists who will work together to develop the draft master plan.
“The workshop will be conducted in a COVID-safe way and will combine the delegates’ expertise using 3D technology to create a real-time model of how the precinct could work with proposed roads, infrastructure and potential future land uses.
“The information gathered will be taken on to the ‘Enquiry by Design’ workshop, which will be held at Moree Plains Shire Council from 17 to 20 November and used to help shape the draft master plan.”
Mr Marshall said working with key stakeholders and the community was a vital part of the Special Activation Precinct program, ensuring the community has ownership over the development.
“Moree is the most productive agricultural region in Australia and this new precinct will cement Moree’s position as the economic engine room for northern NSW, bringing long-term economic benefits and job opportunities to the region,” he said.
“This Moree SAP will deliver up to 4,000 new jobs and target industries including agriculture, advanced manufacturing and freight and logistics, with 5,800 hectares under investigation as a potential site.”
The community pop-up information session will be held this Thursday (22 October) in Balo Square from 2-5pm.
The Special Activation Precinct is funded courtesy of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, dedicated to transformational infrastructure investment in regional NSW.
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