PEOPLE have been slow to launch into formal comment on a suggested masterplan to chart a fresh future for Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Since the city council put the draft out for discussion on March 4 there have been many anonymous comments via the internet, but only 85 official responses.
With only a week before submissions close, there are hopes hundreds more people will jump onboard.
Only one person turned up for a free tour of the village on Tuesday afternoon to get an understanding of the masterplan.
There are more two free tours — on Saturday at 1pm and Tuesday at 7pm — before submissions close tomorrow afternoon.
The main proposals are to remove admission charges for the village, put in more footpath links, add more on-site accommodation, remove the Rowitta, expand commercial boatbuilding and keep pushing for museum status. Copies are available on the council’s website, at the civic centre and visitor information centre.
Meanwhile, business operators are jumping into Warrnambool’s third annual business survey with more than 220 responses in less than a fortnight.
Organisers are urging others to have their say before the deadline tomorrow afternoon and help paint a clear picture of how the local economy is faring in tough times.
Results will be collated by Deakin University experts and released before mid-year.
South West Credit chief executive David Brown, who helped pioneer the survey, said the response so far exceeded expectations.
“I think that reflects the value people place on this survey…,” he said.