DANIEL Drysdale moved with his young family, from the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, to Nyora, two years ago and his only regret is that he didn’t do it sooner.
Together with his family, which includes school-age children, he’s just the sort of bloke that the shire is hoping to attract by adopting the Nyora Development Strategy at its meeting last week.
“We wanted to come out a few years earlier but had to wait until we could sell our house for the right price,” said Daniel last Friday.
“We moved out here for the better lifestyle, to get the kids away from all the trouble with city living and to get out here to a bit of peace and quiet,” he said.
“Out here, people are a lot more friendly.
“They’ll say hello or start a conversation with you which hardly ever happened where we were before.
“We took a look around at the schools before we came and the one just down the road (Nyora Primary School) is great.
“It’s been a great move for us and should have done it a long time ago.”
Daniel still commutes back to Dandenong to work and he doesn’t even mind the travel because he’s often on shift work, driving on a clear road of an afternoon.
And he’s not at all concerned that the town might increase by as many as 400 houses over the next decade.
“With the sewerage coming, they told us there would be more interest in Nyora. I think the area can handle it.”
Council adopted the Nyora Development Strategy on Wednesday and will now seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne MP, to prepare and exhibit a Planning Scheme Amendment to implement the strategy.
The Nyora Development Strategy builds on the Nyora Structure Plan (2013) to ensure orderly planning, development and infrastructure provision for a population that has the potential to reach 4,000 in 20 years.
In June the Minister approved the rezoning of 50ha of land for residential development, which is an important step in promoting the township’s development.
The strategy specifically focusses on improvements to drainage, community facilities, roads, the town centre area and pedestrian and bicycle linkages.
“Without understanding the infrastructure upgrades necessary to support township growth, and the cost of providing this infrastructure, there is a risk that growth in Nyora will have adverse impacts on Council’s budget,” Director Development Services, and acting shire CEO Bryan Sword said.
“The implementation plan within the strategy will inform future council budgets and work plans to ensure all financial considerations are well informed, planned out and prepared.”
The main proposals within the strategy focus on indicative development layouts for key precincts including a town centre master plan; transport improvement including intersection upgrades, road sealing and new road/pedestrian connections; stormwater management using pipes, retarding basins and water sensitive urban design; and improved facilities and landscaping.