The Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy (MAPS) is being prepared to provide a framework for positive changes to the physical assets and operations of the transport network. The strategy aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the existing and future transport requirements. The strategy will take a holistic approach to the provision of an improved transport system for various modes including walking, cycling, public transport, driving and freight movement.
To inform MAPS, AECOM Pty Ltd has prepared the Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy Challenges and Opportunities Paper. This paper was informed by a consultation period from January and February 2017, which included stakeholder workshops, public drop-in sessions and an online survey. The Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy - Consultation Report summarises the consultation exercises undertaken.
Out of a total of 45 survey responses, 98% respondents said that they drive, and 51% of respondents view themselves as someone who walks as a mode of transport, while riding bicycles (11%) and public transport (7%) were significantly less common modes of transport.
The key issues that emerged from the stakeholder consultation and survey were:
- a significant demand for improved and safer active travel options for both cycling and walking
- road safety concerns, particularly in relation to freight
- demand for improved public transport – both local and regional bus services and rail links to Melbourne
- requirements for improved parking options, including reducing the impact that on-road parking has on the look and feel of the CBD
The Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy - Vision and Direction Paper provides the long-term vision and objectives of the MAPS based on community and stakeholder feedback and analysis of data and trends related to transport in Shepparton. The vision is embodied by three themes:
- Vibrant Centres and Liveable Neighbourhoods
This theme focuses on movement within and around local neighbourhoods and centres within Shepparton.
- Sustainable Local Connections
This theme explores movement between Greater Shepparton’s neighbourhoods and to its key destinations.
- Effective Broader Connections
This theme addresses Greater Shepparton’s outward transport connections to the wider region and State.
At the Ordinary Council Meeting held in April 2017, Council resolved to note the contents of the Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy – Consultation Report and endorse the Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy – Vision and Direction Paper as the basis for the Draft Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy.
The Draft Greater Shepparton Movement and Place Strategy is expected to be provided in 2019.
For more information on this project please contact Council's Strategic Planning Team on 03 5832 9730