In July 2015 the Bridport Reference Group was established for a 12 month period to provide community advice and feedback upon the following Bridport-specific issues:
- Identification of preferred location(s) for a new Bridport Cemetery;
- Identification of areas for potential expansion of the Bridport local business precinct;
- Gauge broad community opinion and sentiment in relation to the Bridport Hall Concept Plan;
- Gauge broad community opinion and sentiment in relation to traffic management in Bridport;
- Progressing priorities from the 2012 Bridport Precinct Plan; and
- Bridport Events.
Recommendations from the group were received by Council at the March 2016 Council Meeting. Since this time, Council has decided to proceed with a number of the recommendations, as follows:
- Identification of the preferred Bridport Cemetery site is continuing to progress, with extensive flora and fauna analyses and geotechnical investigations having been completed. Council is considering the recommendations from these investigations and will be making a determination upon site suitability shortly;
- Strategic expansion of the local business zone area in Bridport will be pursued during implementation of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme;
- Minor repairs to the Bridport Hall have been completed;
- Concept plans for upgrades to Bentley Street are being prepared for the further consideration of Council;
- The foreshore revegetation project is underway with landscaping works undertaken in the Goftons Beach area. A Landscape Plan is being finalised with assistance from NRM North which – when implemented – will see the area established as an outstanding community asset that is both functional and attractive;
- Plans for expansion of the existing boat trailer parking area near Goftons Beach are being progressed by Council officers. Additional car parking provision – between the Bridport Hall and the Foreshore Walking Track – is earmarked for delineation. A budget allocation for both of these projects has been committed to for the 2017/18 financial year; and works for both are expected to commence soon; and
Stage 1 of the Bridport Community Playground has been completed and is being enjoyed by all. Joint funding for Stage 2 of the project is currently being pursued, with a substantial allocation already set aside by Council in its 2017/18 budget.