Public consultation open for LPSC Lands Strategy

Liverpool Plains Sunrise. Photo: KIRSTEN DUNN.
Liverpool Plains Sunrise. Photo: KIRSTEN DUNN.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) currently has its draft Industrial Lands Strategy on public exhibition and interested persons are invited to make submissions, with the closing date being Wednesday July 4.

The aim of the Industrial Land Strategy is to create sustainable and resilient industrial precincts in Werris Creek and Quirindi.

The need was originally outlined in Council’s Economic Development Strategy (EDS) to assist the marketing of the Shire’s industrial and commercial land.

Prior to preparing this strategy, LPSC undertook consultation with key stakeholders. The main priorities they identified were:

  • To actively encourage business and offer assistance in order to attract a diverse range of land uses to the Werris Creek and Quirindi industrial areas;
  • To improve the aesthetics of the existing industrial areas through the provision of gateway signage, landscaping and regular maintenance of public areas;
  • To create industrial areas that are easily accessed by a wide variety of heavy vehicles;
  • Introduce varying allotment sizes to attract businesses that do not require large sites;
  • Promote what’s available in the region, including lifestyle, shopping, housing and business opportunities.

The have all been considered as part of the process.

After considering the strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats to a viable strategy there is a recommendation that focus be placed on the Werris Creek South Industrial Area and the Quirindi Industrial Estate which have viable prospects for future development and the advantage of high accessibility and visibility characteristics, that is highway locations on the town centre fringe areas.

This also affords industry with opportunities to reduce land use conflict and to occupy cheaper and larger sites.

Other overarching recommendations detailed throughout the strategy have the potential to benefit all industrial zoned land within the Shire.

The rationale for the development of this strategy and its recommendations are contained in this comprehensive 20-page document. During the period of public exhibition, it can be viewed during business hours at the LPSC Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries, The Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree and on Council’s website http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition/item/783-notice-of-exhibition-of-a-draft-council-strategy.

Submissions can be posted to LPSC, PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343, emailed to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or faxed to 02 6746 3255 to be received by close of business July 4.

All submissions will be considered before the final draft is presented again to Council. In order to capitalise on all available opportunities, it has been recommended that the Industrial Land Strategy and the Economic Development Strategy be implemented concurrently.