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Feedback on future of Shepparton sought

Future100 launches competition to gather positive, sustainable ideas about what City of Greater Shepparton could be like 100 years from now.

JOHN LEWIS August 14, 2012 4:12am

A chance to map out Shepparton’s future and win $1000 was on offer yesterday at the launch of a competition to find the most visionary ideas for the region.

Future100 aims to gather positive, sustainable ideas about what City of Greater Shepparton could be like 100 years from now.

Co-organiser and sponsor, Kialla landscape gardener Roy Roberts said he was looking for ‘‘serious, exciting and dynamic ideas’’.

He said the initial aim was to create interest in the community consultation process for Greater Shepparton City Council’s 2013-17 Plan.

However, he said communities needed to plan much further ahead.

‘‘Whatever we build now we will be living with in 100 years’ time. We need to get it right the first time,’’ Mr Roberts said.

He said competition entrants would need to consider the most likely changes in areas such as housing, agriculture, health, energy, transport, recreation, education and business when submitting entries.

‘‘The challenge is to describe a positive vision and identify the real everyday surroundings that would exist 100 years from now.’’

Co-organisers Terry Court and John Pettigrew encouraged people to put on their thinking caps.

‘‘This is your chance to use your imagination to ensure we have a happy future,’’ Mr Court said.

‘‘Before we start planning, we need the vision. And we need to think ahead. Four years is too short,’’ Mr Pettigrew said.

The News will run several articles during the next few weeks to stimulate discussion of Future100 topics.

The Future100 competition is open to individuals or groups and entries will be judged by a ‘‘Think to Win’’ team of residents headed by an independent expert judge.

Entries must be received by midnight on November 30.

For more information, including a list of competition details, send an email to thinktowin@shepparton.net.au

JOIN THE CONVERSATION:

Have you any ideas or a vision of what we should build now to make sure Greater Shepparton is a nice place to live in 100 years?

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