Connecting people & communities PAKENHAM OFFICER Thursday, 9 March, 2017
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Och aye, laddie it’s a hoot! More than 900 locals donned kilts and tartan dresses for the weekend’s Scots on the Swamp fund-raiser. Raising money for Kooweerup’s palliative care service, participants enjoyed a day of activities with a Scottish flair including gumboot throwing, fiddlers and Scottish dancing. The amount raised is still unknown, but Rotary Club of Kooweerup and Lang Lang past President Bruce Thomas said the club was thrilled with the turn-out. The fund-raiser was held at the historic 1860s home of Dr Pat Macwhirter, who generously opens her property to community events once a year. The club thanked Dr Macwhirter for her hospitality.
Tom Barker at the palliative care fund-raiser. 165619 Picture: ROB CAREW
Growing pains By Bonny Burrows A new suburb has been mooted for Pakenham’s east, to keep up with growing demand. The locality has been named one of 17 new suburbs to be developed across Greater Melbourne growth corridors by the State Government. The government said plans for the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan were in “very early” stages, with consultations occurring between Cardinia Shire Council and The Victorian Planning Authority.
Initial ideas for the suburb - bordered by Deep Creek and Ryan Road to the west, Mount Ararat Road to the east and the Princes Freeway to the south - include one main town centre and possibly an additional local centre, up to two sporting field complexes, schools to service community demand and local parks within walking distance of residents. Developed under its Streamlining for Growth program, the government will fast-track Pakenham East suburb’s planning approval process to create quicker subdivision approvals, with
strategic planning support offered to Cardinia Shire Council to clear backlogs that help unlock strategic development sites. Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the government was helping make housing more affordable through the supply of lots with good access to jobs, schools, hospitals and public transport. “The increase in supply is also a boost to the construction industry, creating jobs in the growth corridors, as well as in established suburbs,” Mr Pallas said.
Social media feedback from Gazette readers reveals concerns infrastructure won’t keep up with the population growth the new suburb would bring, with calls for better roads and public transport services. But it is understood developers of the new suburb would pay levies to help fund vital infrastructure such as new roads, transport and community facilities, as required under state legislation set last year. State Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the new suburbs would
ensure there was plenty of housing to “suit the varied needs of Victoria families, stay ahead of population growth and make new homes as affordable as possible”. “We have to make the best of land we already have, and our new inclusionary housing pilot will create up to 100 new social housing homes, helping Victorians in need,” Mr Wynne said. The suburb of Pakenham East, yet to be formally named, is expected to be developed over “many years”.
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