Central Highlands Regional Council is calling for Gemfields community members to step up and take action as part of the Gemfields Planning Study reference group.
‘This study presents a great opportunity to influence and evolve a safe and sustainable plan for these communities,’ said Mayor Kerry Hayes.
‘It will identify where changes such as land tenure, mining tenure, zoning, or building and infrastructure can be supported to strengthen, grow and support these communities now and into the future.
‘We know local knowledge is expert knowledge, so we encourage existing residents, claim holders, business owners, and graziers to nominate to contribute to this important group.
‘To give this plan the importance it deserves, we will be establishing two groups, including the Project Steering Group (PSG) and Community and Stakeholder Project Reference Group (PRG).
‘This study is a joint initiative from council and the State Government through the Department of Resources to guide a future blueprint for the communities that make up the Gemfields,’ he said.
Expressions of interest are now open and will close 25 May 2022.
You can express your interest by completing the online form on the Have Your Say website or give council a call on 1300 242 686 to register your details.
The PRG will meet monthly, with the first meeting being held on 6 June 2022.
Community and Stakeholders are asked to nominate from the following categories:-
- Community representatives (up to 2 per community)
- Small-scale mining association
- Local businesses community group (health/school/emergency)
Cnr Moriarty, Cnr Daniels and Mayor Hayes will represent council on the PSG, with Cnr Sypher and Cnr Rolfe representing council in the PRG.