Residents aim to improve Timboon’s CBD. A PLAN highlighting the wants and needs of the residents of Timboon has been released to the public.
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The Blueprint For Timboon: Community Priorities for Township Development 2012 to 2022 was presented to Corangamite Shire Council on Tuesday night.

Timboon resident David Pope urged the council to support the document which he said was the voice of the community.

“It’s the most live and current data on what the people of Timboon want to see happen,” he said.

“This is a rare and unique opportunity.

“We encourage the council to support the wishes of the community.”

The document was developed through a community survey which had 136 respondents and a public meeting which attracted 75 people which equated to about one in five Timboon residents having their say.

Councillor Jo Beard said the blueprint was an exciting time for the community.

“I’d certainly like to encourage other communities to get behind the concept,” she said.

“It helps to unite our towns and certainly a lot of good can come from it”

Mayor Matt Makin said the document helped put the decision-making process back into the hands of the community.

From a list of 100 recommendations, 21 priority projects were identified and ranked based on the number of survey mentions.

The number one priority in Timboon is the need for more shops and to fill empty shops and the second priority was to improve availability of arts, music and creative opportunities.

The third priority is the construction of sheltered picnic areas with associated seating.

The survey found that economic business development and tourism development were two priorities which needed to be improved.

In terms of business development, 68 people said Timboon needed more shops and to fill empty shops and 20 people called for a bigger supermarket.

Twenty-five people wanted to see the Craters to Coast rail trail developed and extended.

The document notes a key issue for Timboon is the dissatisfaction with the current supermarket, with 20 calls to develop a bigger, better or cleaner supermarket.

The blueprint will be launched with a celebration on Thursday, March 8 at the railway green in Timboon, below the skate park.

The council’s new mobile outdoor cinema will be used with free Pixar shorts from 8pm and The King’s Speech from 8.45pm.

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