Council will develop a Strategic Framework Plan for Bushfield and Woodford.
The plan will focus on maintaining the appeal of Bushfield-Woodford while addressing challenges including population growth and wastewater management.
The plan will help ensure the growing popularity of the townships is managed over the next 20 to 25 years in a way that conserves all the area’s great features.
The most significant challenge and constraint facing Bushfield-Woodford is wastewater management. The area is without a reticulated wastewater treatment system and the number of houses per square kilometre is identified as being at a threshold point where any additional on-site systems could impact on groundwater, waterways, and public health.
The extent of the pollution problems arising from existing septic systems within the Bushfield-Woodford settlement boundary is not well documented and Council is embarking on a program to inspect high-risk on-site treatment systems.
Council has also received requests from the community to start planning for a new community hub, which provides a multi-purpose space for a variety of user groups.
The Strategic Framework Plan will identify areas suitable for infrastructure such as a community hub.