|Colac Otway Shire Council has appointed a consultant to develop a master plan for the future use of the former Colac High School site. |
Community by Design, a company with expertise in community engagement, architectural services and town planning, will lead an extensive community engagement process during the next three months.
Chief Executive Officer Rob Small said the former Colac High School site was owned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
“Once a school is decommissioned, the site is usually transferred to Treasury and sold,” he said.
“However, in response to a high level of interest from Council and our community, the State Government has agreed to a master planning process that will explore alternative uses for the site before it is offered for sale.”
The $60,000 Master Plan has been funded by the DEECD, Department of Planning and Community Development and Council.
Mr Small described the project as an innovative response to a site that was important to the history of Colac and the people who attended or worked at Colac High School.
“The former Colac High School site is very special place for many people in the community,” he said.
“We selected Community by Design because of their positive approach to community involvement in this project.”
The community engagement process will start with an online survey. The survey will also be available in hard copy at council’s customer service centres.
Several engagement opportunities will follow the survey, to enable interested members of the community to voice their ideas for the site.
Details of the project will be on Council’s website and notices of events and activities will be advertised in the Colac Herald.
Mr Small said the community had already provided a range of ideas, and all of those would feed into the master plan development process.
“We are open to all ideas and they will be tested for plausibility and feasibility so that the final master plan will provide the State Government with a very clear idea of the best option for the future of the site,” Mr Small said.
For further information please contact Mike Barrow, Economic Development Manager on 5232 9400.
September 7, 2012