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Lady Bay plan to involve all of community

News Article Date: 
Saturday, 6 September 2014

The process that will drive the development of a Lady Bay master plan has been formally adopted by Warrnambool City Council (WCC).

Council voted to form two reference groups – one with a technical and scientific focus, the other with representatives of Lady Bay user groups - to begin the master plan.

Terms of reference for each of the groups were also adopted.

The Safe Boating Facilities Technical Reference Group will review the existing scientific work carried out on Lady Bay over the past decade.

The group will have an independent chair and comprise representatives from:

- Deakin University with coastal / port expertise

- Boating/fishing background with specialist boat launching expertise

- Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

- Department of Environment and Primary Industries

- State Government funding bodies

- Warrnambool City Council Finance Unit

Its terms of reference include:

- to undertake a review of current studies and advice;

- to provide expertise and advice to the Safter Boating Facilities Reference Group and Council;

- to support senior management co-ordination on the project;

- to oversee the development of options for the project; and,

- to provide Technical expertise across all proposals.

Membership of the Safe Boating Facilities Refence Group will comprise representatives from

- Warrnambool OffShore Light Game and Fishing Club

- Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club

- Warrnambool Yacht Club

- horse trainers

- Merri River Protection Group

- Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare

- Deakin University

- professional fishers

- Western Coastal Board

- Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority

- the community (two representatives)

- Warrnambool Tourism Association

- Council officer (administrative support)

Its terms of reference are that it is a forum to:

- raise issues for consideration by the technical working group;
- enable timely consideration and input into the master plan;
- prepare a community engagement and consider feedback from the community; and,
- seek and consider advice from the Technical Working Group.

“The two groups will at various times interact with each other,” Acting WCC Chief Executive Officer Bill Millard said.

“The technical reference group will provide expertise and advice to the community group, which will in turn provide suggestions that represent the expectations of various stakeholders.

“The reference groups will provide their findings to a consultant who will finalise the master plan that will include a business case for the option or options identified by the reference groups.

“We must be mindful too that any proposed changes to the Port meet the requirements of the owner, which is the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.”

Council also voted to nominate Mayor Cr Michael Neoh and Cr Brian Kelson to be the Council representatives on the Safer Boating Facilities Reference Group.

Interested persons are invited to submit a nomination for the two community representative positions. It is expected that these representatives will be able to demonstrate an interest in the Port’s future, have skills and experience around strategic planning, and the capacity to work as part of a team in developing the next stages of the Port development.

Nominations close at 5pm Friday September 19 2014.

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