Record consultation process to shape future land use in the Shire

Nearly 1400 residents and stakeholders have had their say on a range of topics pertinent to the Shire’s future during the largest community consultation process ever undertaken locally...

22 March 2018
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Nearly 1400 residents and stakeholders have had their say on a range of topics pertinent to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s future during the largest community consultation process ever undertaken locally.

Since December 15, the Shire has hosted a series of community workshops, stakeholder meetings and engagement surveys to canvass opinion on appropriate local land use, as well as the kind of transport, infrastructure and services required for vibrant, efficient future suburbs.

The process, known as Shaping SJ, received 1189 direct survey responses in under three months. It included 29 engagement workshops and meetings with members of the public, landowners, industry groups, local businesses, community stakeholders and government agencies.

Responses will be used to draft four Local Development Strategies covering Byford, Mundijong, Serpentine and Darling Range/Jarrahdale. Strategies covering Hopeland, Keysbrook, Oakford and Oldbury are also expected to be prepared in the 2018/19 financial year.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the consultation process gave all residents the opportunity to help shape the Shire’s future.

“This process is an incredibly important way for us to engage with the community and collaboratively plan for the future,” Cr Rich said.

“The information gathered will help draft Local Development Strategies detailing how land can best be used to accommodate the needs of a growing population. Many of the land uses, transport and infrastructure outlined in the strategies will be delivered by government and the private sector.

“Shaping SJ was the largest community consultation process ever undertaken by the Shire and it was encouraging to see so many people actively involved.”

As part of the engagement surveys, residents were asked to help identify challenges and opportunities across nine themes:

  • Activities and events
  • Community facilities
  • Dogs
  • Education and training
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Equine
  • Sport and recreation
  • Transport

Draft Local Development Strategies will be presented to Council next month, before being advertised for public comment from May to June. During the advertising period, residents will be able to make submissions on each plan before they’re finalised and resubmitted to Council mid-year.

The success of Shaping SJ comes after the Shire’s SJ2050 visioning process was recently recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (WA) for its approach to community engagement.

“Community engagement is at the heart of everything we’re seeking to do now and into the future,” Cr Rich said.

“As a rapidly-growing community, we’re faced with some big decisions and challenges moving forward. By listening to a diverse range of views and opinions, we’re confident of not only meeting these challenges but also setting the Shire on the right footing for the future.”