Lara planning for change
Lara has long been valued as a great place to live due to its combination of rural living and easy road and public transport access to Geelong and Melbourne.
As one of our fastest growing areas, a lot of work has been going on over the past several years to plan for the needs of a changing Lara community.
The Lara Structure Plan provides an overarching framework to guide the growth and development of Lara over the next ten years.
Lara town centre community precinct planning is underway. An architect was appointed to develop concept designs for community spaces within the triangular area to the west of where Station Lake Road and Walkers Road meet at the roundabout.
This planning project is focussing on existing and future requirements for preschool, library, community programs and maternal and child health services.
A related project is the town centre expansion to improve food shopping in the area. This has come about in response to Lara residents expressing a need for a full line supermarket. A number of retailers have expressed interest in providing a concept for an expanded Centreway shopping centre.
The Lara Library, within the town centre precinct, opened at the end of 2011. The library has 16 public computers plus a youth area and kids’ zone.
A second room and playground at Lara Lake Kinder caters for growing numbers of preschool-aged children. A community meeting space is part of the extension and is used by community groups.