Discussing the future of Rosedale

MORE than 70 Rosedale residents discussed ideas for the town last week.

The free dinner at the Rosedale Bowls Club came after a four-month process of gathering thoughts, ideas and information.

More than 80 ideas were discussed and voted on, before the 10 most popular concepts were brainstormed in small group sessions.

The top 10 concepts were more public transport, more doctor availability and an ambulance service, increasing walking tracks around town and to the Willow Park camping ground, adding permanent toilets at Willow Park, a greater police presence, building a sound shell for performances, bringing a bank into town, establishing an art gallery, building an aged care facility, and run more projects which build community.

All of the information from the past few months will be collated into a draft community plan which will be released back to the Rosedale community for comment in November. Once it is finalised, the plan will be used to communicate the town’s shared priorities to Wellington Shire Council, state and federal governments and any groups or organisations which may be able to provide funding or assistance.

Eastern Victoria MLC Danny O’Brien attended to hear what the community had to say as they develop their town community plan, with the support of Wellington Shire Council.

“This was an event that was very well supported by well over 100 community members who wanted the opportunity to have input into their town’s future,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I went along to hear about the issues of concern to the community, in particular those that relate to state government jurisdiction.

“I have noted the issues that were top of mind for most people. They included more job opportunities, levels of police and ambulance presence in town, establishment of an aged care facility, improved public transport and upgraded facilities such as toilets and showers at Willow Park.

“Some of these issues the Coalition government is actively working on or has already improved. For example, there have been additional bus services added to Traralgon/Melbourne and Sale as part of additional services running to and from Bairnsdale.

“I will discuss these issues with member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan, as we continue to advocate for communities like Rosedale.”

Mr O’Brien said the evening was a tribute to the Rosedale community and the Community Planning Group which organised it.

“It was impressive that so many people turned out to have their say. Rosedale is a great community and events like this one will ensure it stays that way for a long time to come.”

Rosedale Community Planning Group chairman Bodye Darvill said the group was an unaffiliated group of locals working together to figure out what the shared priorities for the future of the town were.

“We meet monthly and anyone is welcome to join in, or to form a sub-group and work on a particular issue or passion,” she said.

The Rosedale Community Planning Group can be found on Facebook or, for more information, phone 5199 2595 or email rosedale.cpg@gmail.com