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Official suburb names in Bowen are one step closer to becoming a reality, with the Bowen Locality Report & Mapping approved during the Council meeting on 28 June.
The report has been prepared after extensive planning and public consultation, and outlines how the proposal will benefit the community by improving emergency services access, solving addressing issues, help focus future planning for each suburb and fostering a sense of identity within each area.
A list of 19 new suburbs and associated mapping has been recommended to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), for the Minister to consider and approve.
Mayor Andrew Willcox thanked the public for getting involved and submitting their comments on the draft mapping and suburb list.
“We have received some excellent suggestions and corrections during the community consultation process, which has led to some changes to the final suburb names list and boundaries,” he said.
“While not all changes could be incorporated due to strict naming rules set out by the Queensland Government, all comments made during consultation will be included in the final reports sent to DNRM for their deliberation.”
The next steps to making the suburbs official will be for DNRM to determine whether another round of public consultation will be required, before the Minister approves and the suburbs are gazetted.
This report is the result of collaborative planning since 2014 with DNRM and extensive community consultation which took place over a 3 month period between November 2016 and February 2017.
Currently there are no official suburbs designated for different areas in Bowen, with the entire 400,000 acres known officially to government agencies such as Australia Post and Emergency Services as ‘Bowen’.
The new boundaries and suburb names will benefit the community by:
• Making it Safer – the new suburbs will support the more efficient delivery of emergency and other essential services within the region;
• Making it Official – official boundaries and place names foster a sense of identity within the Bowen area;
• Making Addressing Easier – solves addressing issues due to the large size of the Bowen area;
• Making Planning for the Future Easier – will assist future planning for each area, so planning can focus on the needs of each new suburb.
More information about the project can be found at http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/ or call Council on (07) 4945 0200 and ask for the Strategic Planning Department for further details.
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