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Unlocking the potential of your backyard

26 July 2018

Community members can learn about the untapped potential of their own backyard at Gunnedah Shire Council’s Local Government Week information session “Unlocking the potential of your backyard” on Tuesday, 31 July.

The information session from 5.30pm at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery Meeting Room is being hosted by Council’s Planning and Environmental Services team and will feature a number of presentations, aimed at giving residents an idea of “what they can do and how they can go about doing it”.

Council’s Director Planning and Environmental Services Andrew Johns said the information session is aimed at letting people know about the type of development opportunities available and making the process less “daunting”.

“Different types of residential accommodation built alongside existing dwellings can generate potential revenue streams and help the Shire cope with housing affordability and availability,” Mr Johns said.

“We hope people will leave the information session filled with ideas, but also more knowledgeable about what needs to be considered in the planning of a development.

“Servicing the development with water, sewer, storm water, electricity and telecommunications are just some considerations we will cover in the information session.”

Mr Johns said the backyard opportunities will also extend beyond the “Colorbond fence” to other opportunities within the “Gunnedah backyard”.

“The Business Partner Program, Easy to do Business and economic development opportunities are a few other things we will cover, so make sure you come along to the information session to find out more.”

An overview and positive impacts of the inclusive playground, crime prevention and safety in the CBD will also be included in the information session.

The evening will incorporate the introduction of the team and Council’s services such as the duty planner, DA tracking and what forms to use on the website to support different types of developments.

There will also be the opportunity for questions to staff.

What: Planning and Environmental Services Information Day Unlocking the potential of your backyard

When: 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Tuesday, 31 July

Where: Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery Meeting Room

Photo Caption: Some of Gunnedah Shire Council’s Planning and Environmental Services team Charlotte Hoddle, Carolyn Hunt, Wade Hudson, Blake O’Mullane, Andrew Johns, Gayan Wickramasinhe and Debra Hilton.


Media Contact: Brooke Maisey 6740 2100