Have your say on the draft Gateway Island master plan

There's just over one week to go for the community to have their say on the draft Gateway Island master plan.

The master plan consists of several precinct plans as well as plans based around the themes of environment; connectivity; arts, culture and history; the river, social activity; and tourism and economy.

People can now explore some of the key highlights, projects and actions that make up the master plan via our interactive mapping tool and leave a comment, make a suggestion or give an idea a thumb's up.

Wodonga Council developed a new vision for Gateway Island and the Draft Gateway Island Master Plan following more than 320 submissions during a consultation process earlier this year.

The new vision is:

Gateway Island is the heart of one combined community, respecting and valuing indigenous and non-indigenous cultures, showcasing a native Australian environment, and providing a sustainable and vibrant community and economic activity space. In addition, Gateway Island will develop into a major drawcard, attracting travellers off the Hume Freeway to enjoyrecreational and cultural revival during long journeys.

“We are interested in feedback on the vision and the recommendations in the Draft Master Plan. These cover all of the Gateway Island precincts and we’d like to check with the community to see how the Draft Master Plan sits with them,” Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said.

“Some of the items that stand out from the recommendations are a Caravan Park near the Gateway Island village and possible relocation of the farmers’ market to a site nearer the river. Other ideas include making use of the former railway line bridge to improve connection between the Island and Wodonga; developing a riverine native botanic garden and interpretive centre; creation of an endangered turtle sanctuary; further development of the International Community Garden; an adventure park and new camping areas.

“Generally, the community told us there’s a real need for more shared trails that connect each of the precincts; and connect the Island to Albury, via pedestrian access across the river.”

People can review the Draft Master Plan online and in person, including attending a drop-in session or commenting via social media using the hashtag #MyGatewayIsland.

The next drop-in sessions will be held at La Maison Café in the Gateway Island Village from 2.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday, August 7.

The project team will be there to provide information and discuss your feedback. People can arrive at any time during these hours and stay for as little or much time as they have available.

There will also be displays in the Wodonga and Albury Council offices. All the project information can be found at Make Wodonga Yours website.

The community have until August 10 to provide their input.

The project is an action in the Two Cities One Community Action Plan developed by Wodonga Council and AlburyCity.