City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder ushers in new level of transparency with launch of online public planning platform

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City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder chief executive John Walker and William Grundt Memorial Library officer Hestie Till, will welcome people back inside from Monday.
Camera IconCity of Kalgoorlie-Boulder chief executive John Walker and William Grundt Memorial Library officer Hestie Till, will welcome people back inside from Monday. Credit: Kalgoorlie Miner

A new platform launched by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will simplify access to information and updates on key City projects and initiatives.

CKB Unearthed will be the first point of contact for people wanting to have their say on the City’s new local planning scheme, and all future City projects.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder chief executive John Walker said the City was excited to launch the new engagement platform with one of the biggest community consultation initiatives in recent years.

“The local planning scheme had been designed to stimulate new economic activity, reinvigorate the city centre and provide opportunities for new housing and commercial land developments, and we want to make sure the community has a clear understanding of what the changes are and how they might benefit from the new scheme,” he said.

“It complements the Kal City Centre Project by creating new planning initiatives and development incentives to promote development that will allow people to live and work in the CBD.

“The new scheme unlocks new land outside of the existing urban catchment to facilitate industrial and downstream processing activities that support our existing local mining and business sectors.”

The new platform will allow users to view interactive maps and scheme changes in a user-friendly system. Feedback can also be provided through the platform.

Mr Walker said the “website-social media hybrid” platform would improve transparency in planning.

“There are lots of ideas about places, projects and activities that take place in Kalgoorlie-Boulder getting discussed out in the community, and we have created this site so residents can pass their feedback directly on to us, and directly contribute to the City’s process,” he said.

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