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Locals Given Their Say in City of Knox’s Future

By Belinda McGuire

Local people throughout the City of Knox are getting involved in a project to help plan the future of the city.

Knox@50 is all about how the city will look in years to come and people have so far been all too keen to get involved.

Mayor Karin Orpen explained that the views of these people would have a bearing on the future of real estate in the City of Knox, as well as other important aspects of the region.

She continued: “In truth, we started out wanting comprehensive views on housing, but ended up witnessing and fostering a conversation between Council and the community about the changes Knox is facing.

“Most importantly, we all explored ways that we can continue to deal with changes and plan well for them.”

A number of different methods have been used to encourage locals to voice their opinions, including community forums, staff workshops, youth consultations and an online survey.

The Knox@50 project was originally put into place to tap into people’s ideas in the lead up to the city’s 50th anniversary in 2013, which the mayor believed was a fitting approach to the occasion.

She explained that back in 1963, local people organised a petition for severance, which meant breaking away from old local government boundaries in favour of a place of their own.

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