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The spotlight will be turned on Proserpine and Peter Faust Dam in coming months with Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday taking the first steps towards developing a Proserpine Area Master Plan.
Council yesterday formally endorsed Terms of Reference and a Proserpine Area Master Plan Project Steering Committee to kick off community consultation which would be focal in developing a Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan.
The Steering Committee will be chaired by Manager Strategic Planning Kylie Drysdale and include Division 3 councillor John Collins who has been a staunch advocate of creating economic stimulus for the town.
Cr Collins said the Steering Committee was a technical reference group that would review and provide input on ideas brought forward by the Proserpine community during the extensive public consultation phase.
“Council will fully inform and engage with experts, individuals, businesses, groups and the wider community to ensure we identify and capture their ideas and vision,” Cr Collins said.
“The proactive decisions we make today ensure a bright future for not only Proserpine but also our community and future generations,” he said.
“I am proud that council has embraced creating a vision for the growth of Proserpine and Peter Faust Dam and will explore all opportunities for diversity within our region.
“We encourage the community to put forward their views on how council can improve a number of elements within the Proserpine community including parking, drainage, activation of the recreational vehicle (RV) opportunities and tourist and local attractions such as a water park.”
Secretary of the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce, Karen Vloedmans said "The Proserpine Chamber of Commerce is absolutely thrilled that the Whitsunday Regional Council is committed to devising a master plan for Proserpine. The Chamber look forward to working with the WRC towards the common goal of seeing this wonderful town, and region, reach its full potential."