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Many views make up the vision – Community Visioning Workshop

On 15 November 2005, around 50 residents of Burra and Urila participated in a Community Visioning Workshop. The theme of the workshop was "Creating a vision for Burra's future" and was facilitated by Palerang Councillor, Catherine Moore and David Anthony.

Participants worked collaboratively in small groups to consider and share the things that we value about our community, the changes that we see happening, and our vision for the future. In three sessions, the groups considered:

  • What do you most value about living in the Burra – Urila area?

  • What is the most significant way the community/area is changing?

  • What is the vision you have for the future of your community/area and how would you like to see it in 20 years’ time?

The responses from each of the small groups were reported back to the larger group. Then, all participants had an opportunity to nominate and vote for those things that they considered were most important.

Through this process, a clearer picture of the things that people in our community value most. The tablulated results are displayed below and demonstrate the wide range of views put forward.

Our thanks to Catherine Moore and David Anthony for facilitating this inclusive and worthwhile workshop.

Some of the participants at the Visioning Workshop

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What do you most value about living in the Burra – Urila area?

What do we value Votes/Score

Vegetation of valley

8

Small size community

6

Ability to have animals

15

Low crime risk/sense of security

11

Proximity to wildlife

13

Weather

1

Hillsides

3

Dust

2

Semi-isolation

3

Ability to know most people

9

Friendships

6

Clean water, air, soil

13

Wonderful place to bring up children

5

Minimum rules and regulations

14

Rural lifestyle

24

Proximity to services/Canberra/cultural facilities

6

Peace and quiet

15

Beautiful natural environment

26

Community spirit

15

Get away from city

1

Ability to ride horses

11

Solitude

6

Live with my horses

7

Inspire values in children

5

"Green" environment

4

Recreational opportunities for children

1

Combining city work with rural lifestyle

11

360 degree views

2

Post retirement lifestyle

2

Privacy/seclusion

26

Ability to repair land

4

Space

13

Safety for children

4

Views

23

Freedom for children

6

Great lifestyle for children

1

Good neighbours

5

Larger size agricultural blocks

1

Quiet nights/silence

15

Agricultural character of blocks

Ability to farm

20

Respect of diverse views

Room to move

5

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What is the most significant way the community/area is changing?

What changes have we seen in our community? Votes/Score

Less access to wild country

Smaller holdings compromise positive rural living values

52

Improved community services, fire brigade, recycling, hall

4

Destruction of roads through greater use

19

Federal gun laws

3

More Council interference weeds, septics

4

Increased uncertainty about maintaining present rural lifestyle

15

More water bores

14

More birds

1

Better TV and Internet

9

More people, fewer recreational opportunities, reduced acces/space

4

More traffic and noise

11

More rubbish and waste on roadsides

2

More weeds

7

People not educated & informed re rural lifestyle and values

12

Less considerate driving

5

Less security

5

Reduced road safety

7

Lack of feral animal control

8

More onerous regulation

8

"Suburbanisation", More barking and roaming dogs

19

Stress on wildlife

14

Increasing regulation

4

Impact on property values from proposed wind farm

5

Landscape changes - visual impact

11

Less places to ride horses

13

Increased road kill

Increased demands on land

5

Increased house size

0

Greater demand on water/water shortage

25

Move to Estate style of living

2

Noise reflection of reduced property size

4

40 acre subdivision allowed

6

Danger of culling wildlife with firearms

7

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What is the vision you have for the future of your community/area and how would you like to see it in 20 years’ time?

What vision do we have for our community's future Votes/Score

Weed free paddocks

4

More trees (many more)

Village - emerge

Retain low noise character

6

All roads - tar sealed +upgraded

17

Peace quiet and solitude

4

All services provided

Provision of cemetery

1

Council should be asset/corporate citizen

3

Fish in Burra creek

3

No street lights

3

5-10ac Urila

1

Woolworths

Shopping Centre + petrol station

Cultural centre

Council should maintain roads that serve several properties

1

School

Library

Planning should focus on population density - rather than averaged block sizes

3

Burra international airport

Fast train terminal

Network of horse-riding trails (linked)

10

More community fun - events

More amenities

Population stay the same with retention of rural atmosphere

1

Traffic planning - to reduce adverse impacts (no ski traffic)

5

Opportunity for rural retirement

4

Informed decision making - science

6

Low impact sympathetic housing to area

15

Mixed block size - larger blocks sustainable and productive (still farmed)

16

Undeveloped ridges

26

Park and small lake

Stay same as is now

5

Real community governance/parish council

5

Local Energy Transfer System (LETS)

3

40ac block size

1

Still look beautiful

1

Traffic lights at edge of Burra

No deterioration of current environment - no increase in population density

5

Home-based work local economy enables more community participation

2

Night tennis

2

No suburb style development

10

Enjoying younger community

Improved picnic area - park small lake

1

Green space for recreation and wildlife corridors

20

Local community hub - pub

18

Public transport

1

Not too much change

18

Preserve rural lifestyle

17

Unspoiled views

14

Sensitive planned development - not ad hoc

19

5-10ac blocks

2

A shop

2

Fish in Burra creek

2

No noxious weeds/feral animals

7

Healthy safe rural community

3

Meeting place - bar, rural transaction centre, discussion venue, social venue or restaurant

16

25 metre indoor heated pool

12

Maintain clean environment

3

Greater community understanding of environmental issues

10

Farmers market

5

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Last updated: 25 October, 2007

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