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This article was published on 4 July 2012. The information contained within may be out of date or inaccurate. News articles and media releases older than 60 days are archived for future reference.
Mooroopna school plan reports wrong, says Council
Reports that Greater Shepparton City Council has planned two new schools as part of an upcoming development opportunity in Mooroopna are incorrect, said Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Michael Polan today.
Council announced this week that a $5.4 million grant from the Commonwealth Government for flood mitigation works in the Mooroopna West Growth Corridor would allow new development of land in the area.
"As part of our usual planning process for this area, which was undertaken in 2008 in consultation with the community, we made allowances for land that may be used for certain community facilities if required, but this is no way indicates that the facilities are guaranteed to be built. It is good strategic planning practice to make these provisions, especially when our planning process is taking into account growth over decades.
"It is up to the Education Department and private education providers to decide where and if schools will be built. When they decide to build a school, they must then negotiate with the owners of the land to acquire it.
"Greater Shepparton City Council does not have the capacity to plan schools, only to identify the land available in a structure plan.
"We made provision for land to be available for schools on the basis of assumptions made about population growth. These assumptions are made in order to assist orderly planning. The resulting forecasts are dependent on how the development unfolds, and this planned development cannot even go ahead until the flood mitigation works have occurred."
Council adopted a Structure Plan and Development Contributions Plan for the Mooroopna West Growth Corridor in 2009, covering an area comprising 329 hectares and bounded by the established township area situated on the western side of Echuca-Mooroopna Road, as well as Cornish Road to the north, the Goulburn Valley Highway (Shepparton Bypass) reservation to the west and Midland Highway to the south.
The plan identified that development of this area could not be undertaken until flood mitigation works were put in place. Dean Rochfort, Director Sustainable Development for Greater Shepparton City Council said that there were no firm timelines in place yet around either the works or future development.
- Released 4 July