- Which groups are immediately impacted by the Community and Recreation Hub development?
- The Girl Guides were advised that the building they occupy would not be affected by the Community and Recreation Hub, why has this changed?
- Why are these tenants being displaced?
- What is Council doing to assist these groups?
What is the status of the Community and Recreational Hub project now?
When will construction begin?
Preliminary work has begun on site at Olympic Park. You won’t physically see works happening on site for a few months, but there is a lot going on in the background including development approvals, the commencement of soil and water testing and the timber feasibility study.
Why does Mount Gambier need a Community and Recreation Hub?
Who will use the Community and Recreation Hub?
How was the Community and Recreation Hub designed?
The Community Reference Group (CRG) provided major input into the design and functions of the hub. In addition, Council staff collated information from a range of other stakeholders in the community. Ideas were gained from service clubs, children from junior primary to high schools, the Council’s Youth Advisory Group and those with an interest in music, dance and performance. The design process has benefitted from a broad cross section of the community providing valuable input into the design process.
What will the Community and Recreation Hub be used for?
- Venue for large conference events and performances for more than 1000 people, including breakout and smaller conference / meeting rooms. Versatile
- spaces with a stage for live performances, retractable seating, efficient acoustics, projection and IT facilities.
- Six regulation size, multi-purpose courts for ball sports such as netball,
- basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball. Courts can be used for badminton, carpet bowls and a range of other recreation and fitness purposes.
- Aquatics including a learn to swim pool, children’s water splash/play area, 25 metre pool and a warm water pool. All facilities will be to regulation size with disability access.
- Youth spaces, a need that has been identified by Council’s recently completed youth plan.
- Amenities associated with the facility include a crèche, café, office space for sporting groups and allied health, storage and a major focus on disability access.
- Gym and fitness spaces located on the first floor along with community and conference rooms with associated amenities. Seating is also provided on the first floor, overlooking the six multi-purpose courts.
- The current 50 metre pool (and grass surrounds) will be retained along with its heating and mechanical services for summer use, within easy access to the proposed facility.
- The exterior features include increased car parking, undercover drop off areas and a paved and landscaped entrance.
Why is Council doing this, the community just wanted an indoor pool?
Several of our sporting and recreation facilities will need either major refurbishment or a complete rebuild in coming years, in particular the Aquatic Centre and the Ice House. Council has worked with various sporting clubs and members of the community to develop the intermediate designs to ensure they will meet their needs now and for many decades into the future. The community and Council have seized the opportunity to secure Federal and State grants to move this project. To meet the requirements for the federal funding the facility must be multipurpose and a space for the whole community, not just select sports. The inclusion of additional and multipurpose facilities helps to guarantee the viability of the hub by offsetting some of the operational costs through additional income.
Why is it a Community and Recreation Hub and not just an indoor pool?
- Conference, events and performance space, adaptable for many users with 1000 person plus capacity.
- Six indoor multi-purpose courts catering for all sports from indoor bowls, traditional ball sports, gymnastics and dance.
- All year round aquatics facility including children’s water play, learn to swim pool, 25 metre pool and warm water pool.
- Community and function Rooms.
- Fitness and gym areas.
- Dedicated youth space.
- Increased ability to attract major State and National sporting competitions, conferences, events and performances of significant social and economic benefit.
Why doesn’t the Community and Recreation Hub include a 50 metre indoor pool?
A 50 metre indoor pool would substantially add to the capital cost (several million dollars) and the operational costs of the facility including heating a much larger body of water and climate control for a larger internal space. The vast majority of recreational pools are 25 metres, both regional and suburban. The community will have access to the current 50 metre heated outdoor pool for six months each year during the main swimming season (October to April).
Will the Community and Recreation Centre have a hydrotherapy pool?
What is the capital cost of the Community and Recreation Centre?
The capital cost of the Community and Recreation Centre is $39.1 million. Funding has been confirmed from both the Federal Government for $15 million and the State Government for $10 million. The remainder of funds will be contributed by Council. The contribution will be approximately $14.1 million made up of savings, loans and a portion of the annual capital works budget.
How will Council receive the capital Federal and State Government funds for the Community and Recreation Hub project?
Council will receive funding from Federal and State Governments retrospectively, after the completion of milestones associated with the project build. This means that Council will undertake a careful cash management process moving forward to ensure borrowing and expenditure is adjusted accordingly along the way through modelling within the Long Term Financial Plan.
How much of Council’s 2019/2020 operational budget will go towards the Community and Recreation Hub project?
$2.4 million in capital expenditure has been allocated in the draft 2019/2020 Annual Business Plan and Budget to go towards the initial stage of the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.
What is the operating cost of the Community and Recreation Centre?
Will existing services be reduced to fund the operating cost?
No. Council will continue to improve its budget position to enable the $1.4 million cost to be included within our normal annual operating budget from 2020/21.
How much will my rates go up?
The financial model for both the capital and operating costs indicates that there will be no increase in rates specifically to fund the Community and Recreation Hub.
If rates do not go up, how will Council afford it?
- Council has a three year preparation horizon allowing us to financially prepare.
- We have minimal levels of debt with low repayments.
- We have completed the majority of large projects around the City.
How much will it cost to use the Community and Recreation Hub?
Charges will apply for individuals, groups and organisations to use the facility. The charges will be based on current costs to use facilities such as the Aquatic Centre and comparing costs with other similar facilities in regional South Australia.
When will the proposed Community and Recreation Hub be built?
The Community and Recreation Hub project is expected be completed by the end of 2021.
Community and Recreation Hub Tenancies
Which groups are immediately impacted by the Community and Recreation Hub development?
The Girl Guides were advised that the building they occupy would not be affected by the Community and Recreation Hub, why has this changed?
As the development plans for the Community and Recreation Hub have further progressed it has now emerged that in order to meet fire safety compliance requirements the Council owned building located at O’Halloran Terrace currently occupied by Girl Guides will be removed.
Why are these tenants being displaced?
What is Council doing to assist these groups?
See you at ____? - Do you have an idea for a name for the new facility?
How can I submit a suggested name for the Community and Recreation Hub?
Ideas and contributions can be submitted in the Community and Recreation Hub naming boxes located at the Civic Centre, Library and Main Corner Complex as well as online.
Can I submit more than one suggested name?
Yes, you can submit more than one suggested name.
How will the suggested names for the Community and Recreation Hub be shortlisted?