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The Whitsunday Region is deservedly famous for its spectacular scenery and the community are invited to tell Council what they consider features of importance.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council has engaged consultants Cardno to map and assess the scenic values and varied landscape character of the region, using a standard method in Queensland, which will help identify the features of importance to our community.
“The Scenic Amenity Study will inform a new mapping overlay within the draft Planning Scheme to facilitate development in a manner that protects areas of high scenic value,” Cr Willcox said.
“The scenic preferences of the regional community will be established by representative samples of residents, who will review photographs and give each image a relative score, according to individual preferences.”
Photographs of local landscape and scenery combinations will be represented at four ‘landscape assessment sessions’ in Airlie Beach, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine.
Each session will take approximately 2 hours on the 9th and 10th November 2016 at locations to be advised to registered participants. On behalf of Council, Cardno Chenoweth seeks participants for these assessment sessions.
If you are unable to make the aforementioned ‘landscape assessment sessions’ but would still like to have some input into protecting areas of scenic value, please read the explanatory material and follow the links to complete the online survey at http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/ . This will take approximately 15 minutes of your time.
Following the assessment sessions, the photographs and their average ‘scores’ will be analysed and incorporated, together with visual exposure modelling, into a combined map of scenic amenity.
People interested in participating should register at www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/Scenic-Amenity-Study for application forms, to be submitted by Wednesday 27th October 2016. Alternatively please complete the online survey at http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/ before 21st November 2016.