Community feedback helps to shape Wandin North

Published on 27 July 2023

Wandin North's sitting area, with chairs and a sculpture in a brick plaza.

Council has adopted its Wandin North Master Plan, following extensive community engagement and feedback.

The Master Plan outlines plans to improve the town centre over the next 10 years, assessing car parking, signage, street furniture, footpaths and open spaces in the town.

Chandler Ward Councillor, David Eastham, said that community members and traders provided detailed feedback and ideas to shape the plan.

“When we’re planning improvements for community spaces, hearing from the community is crucial for us to understand what they like, and what they want to see improved,” Cr Eastham said.

“The community have been directly involved in developing and shaping this plan, through one-on-one sessions with traders and community members, an online workshop and a webpage to collect ideas and suggestions.

“We received many comments about pedestrian safety, and the importance of having a signalled crossing in the town centre. As a result, we’re going to advocate to The Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) for a pedestrian crossing near George Street or Union Road, and advocate changing the speed limit through town to 40-50km/h, to make the area safer.

“We’ve also heard comments about parking in town, and the plan will result in two extra parking spaces in the town centre, while we change the on-street highway parking to 45 degrees, to make parking safer.”

The draft Master Plan was exhibited in November and early-December, 2022. Following community engagement Council’s teams have worked to incorporate feedback into the finalised plan.

Cr Eastham said that, now the plan has been adopted by Council, planning will begin on how to roll out each of the actions.

“We have some fantastic ideas for improvements, backed up by detailed community feedback, and I can’t wait to see them get underway,” he said.

“I think the plan delivers on what the community needs to improve their day-to-day life, while also inviting visitors to stop and explore a bit more.

“I encourage everyone to visit to see the finalised plan.”