Perth plans up for debate

PERTH POTENTIAL: Northern Midlands Council mayor David Downie expects the construction of the Perth bypass will spark new development opportunities for the town.THE Northern Midlands Council has asked residents to share their thoughts on the future of Perth.

The council has commissioned GHD Consultants to prepare a structure plan for the future of Perth over the next 30 years, which is hoped to encourage growth and revitalise the town centre for future generations.

The plan will consider commercial opportunities, residential growth and infrastructure needs.

Northern Midlands mayor David Downie said the construction of the Perth bypass would createdevelopment opportunities for the town.

“(The bypass) opens up a lot more land which can be developed,” he said.

“Perth is close to Launceston, so it’s easily accessible, (there is)more affordable housing for the people, with easier access into the city also adds to the potential of the area.”

A survey has been developed for residents, businesses and visitors to detail their thoughts and opinions on the future of Perth.

Respondents are asked to give their thoughts on the most important growth opportunities for the town, the biggest challenges facing the town, and their favourite aspects of Perth.

Cr Downie said the Northern Midlands Council also faced a number of infrastructure issues that would need tobe addressed, such as ensuring adequate drainage for the town.

He said there were sewerage and water issues which would need to be addressed by TasWater.

“The bypass will create development opportunities, but therewill also be demands on infrastructure which needs to be addressed,” he said.

Work on the Perth to Breadalbane duplication has already begun, and is expected to be completedin 2018.

The Northern Midlands Council is seeking feedback from local residents, businesses and visitors to assist with thedevelopment of the plan.

The survey can be completed online, or hard copies are available from council offices in Longford.

Forms can also be requested by calling the Council’splanning department on 6397 7303.

The survey will be available until April 20.

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