In 1998 Golden Plains with Thomson Hay and Associates developed the  Haddon Town Place Plan.

The design was based on a community survey at the time and had a local project reference group

This delightful document has been sitting on the Shire’s shelves worrying staff about how they might fund some of the upgrades you thought you needed at the time. And of course since then the population has grown, some people have moved on while others have moved in.

And all the while people have been talking about the importance of providing walkable communities.

You have a Community Plan from 2010 that prioritises improving town entrances, liveability, access and promoting a healthy community including promoting equal opportunity, social wellbeing, and enjoyment of community life. A summary of whats been done already is attached here.

During the year Council found out they had funds [$220,000 for Haddon] to make your streetscape redesign a reality.

This amount is pretty close to but not quite what your plan was estimated to cost in 1998, but of course there is inflation so there are choices to be made.

And you are all older and wiser now so some of those things you thought you wanted might no longer be your priorities.

In the Haddon Town Place Plan you said you moved into Haddon for the following reasons:

  • open space
  • outdoor living
  • peace and quiet
  • natural bush environment
  • rural atmosphere
  • opportunity for privacy on bigger blocks

You prioritised the following:

  • removal of noxious weeds,  gorse and roadside rubbish
  • postal access
  • bike paths
  • reducing speed in town
  • keeping the rural feel, but managing the wind factor, potentially with roadside trees
  • providing formal recreation space for families including a playground for children
  • providing a coherency to the township

The Shire has invited David Engwicht who wrote Mental Speed Bumps to Haddon to help you think about your priorities. He is working with Perry Mills and Carmel Boyce who you might have already met on other work around the Shire, and of course there you will already know Paul Ryan the Shire’s Community Projects Officer.

On 1.30pm on Saturday 17th November at the Haddon Recreation Reserve, 396 Sago Hill Road Haddon,  the Shire is putting on a walkshop for residents.

We’ve popped some more information on these links. Feel free to print and distribute them to anyone you think should attend as well. We’ve designed a few different ones to choose from

At this walkshop we expect you to set the agenda for a Plan to be delivered, and yes that does mean drafted, designed and even built, over the next year or so.

But as always there is a catch. We do expect you put your hands up for assisting in any way appropriate including being on a project reference group to ensure the Design addresses your needs. Why we will even feed you if you attend.

We know this is late notice and apologise, but its not every day someone so famous and skilled comes to town…

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