Community and Recreation Hub

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For over 30 years there have been community discussions about the need for an indoor aquatic centre and more recent discussions have incorporated other indoor sporting facilities into the conversation.

The Community and Recreation Hub project will provide substantial indoor facilities addressing many community needs both now and for future generations to come.

It is recognised by all parties that the development of a multi-purpose facility is a significant undertaking and one that will require the collaboration and involvement of a range of stakeholders to realise.

Council has committed to work alongside our community to ensure that this development fulfills the needs and aspirations of all potential users.

Find out more about this exciting project by:

Do you have a great idea for the name of the new facility?
Submit your idea online or in the boxes located at the Civic Centre, Main Corner and the Library.

Sign up to receive updates and the project progresses.

We encourage community members to sign up for project updates or check back to this page regularly throughout the project development, participate in consultations, ask questions and provide feedback.

For over 30 years there have been community discussions about the need for an indoor aquatic centre and more recent discussions have incorporated other indoor sporting facilities into the conversation.

The Community and Recreation Hub project will provide substantial indoor facilities addressing many community needs both now and for future generations to come.

It is recognised by all parties that the development of a multi-purpose facility is a significant undertaking and one that will require the collaboration and involvement of a range of stakeholders to realise.

Council has committed to work alongside our community to ensure that this development fulfills the needs and aspirations of all potential users.

Find out more about this exciting project by:

Do you have a great idea for the name of the new facility?
Submit your idea online or in the boxes located at the Civic Centre, Main Corner and the Library.

Sign up to receive updates and the project progresses.

We encourage community members to sign up for project updates or check back to this page regularly throughout the project development, participate in consultations, ask questions and provide feedback.

  • Recreation Hub Business Case Endorsed

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    over 1 year ago
    The City of Mount Gambier endorsed the full business case submission to the Federal Government for the Regional Growth Fund application to secure $15 million earmarked for the Community and Recreation Hub at a Special Council meeting last night.

    The business case will be lodged with the Federal Government today Thursday 24 January 2019 to meet the Friday 25 January 2019 deadline.

    The Federal funding was conditional on majority community support for the project, as indicated by the recent elector survey which returned an overwhelming 71.6 per cent ‘yes’ response from a total of 8,722 survey returns.

    The ‘yes’ vote...

    The City of Mount Gambier endorsed the full business case submission to the Federal Government for the Regional Growth Fund application to secure $15 million earmarked for the Community and Recreation Hub at a Special Council meeting last night.

    The business case will be lodged with the Federal Government today Thursday 24 January 2019 to meet the Friday 25 January 2019 deadline.

    The Federal funding was conditional on majority community support for the project, as indicated by the recent elector survey which returned an overwhelming 71.6 per cent ‘yes’ response from a total of 8,722 survey returns.

    The ‘yes’ vote also prompted the State Government to pledge $10 million from the State Regional Growth Fund to support upfront capital costs for the project late last week.

    “Securing a total of $25 million in Federal and State Government funding in principle is a huge achievement. While it’s less than the $30 million Council was originally aiming for, Council is in a strong financial position to move forward and consider how to bridge the funding gap,” City of Mount Gambier Deputy Mayor Sonya Mezinec said.

    The Deputy Mayor welcomed formal notification of a $350,000 contribution to the capital costs of the project from neighbouring council District Council of Grant in a letter received from CEO David Singe on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

    "Council is very appreciative of District Council of Grant’s decision to provide a financial contribution to support the Community and Recreation Hub. There is no doubt that Grant ratepayers will enjoy using the facility in the future and we are grateful for the support."

    Council also endorsed the Prudential Report at the special meeting which stated that the $39.1 million Community and Recreation Hub project may progress with only a marginal impact on Council’s strong financial position while retaining capacity to consider the implementation of other projects over the short and long term.

    “Council has low loan borrowings, currently sitting at about $2.6 million for the Library and healthy cash savings which will grow to around $5 million by 2021.”

    “Council always intended on contributing $9.1 million to the capital cost of the project, but with an additional $5 million deficit following less grant funding than expected, around $7.6 million could be borrowed through the Local Government Finance Authority which provides loans specifically for major projects such as these. The interest rates for these loans are extremely low at about 3.6 per cent,” Cr Mezinec said.

    Council remains committed to maintaining rate increases at 4.5 per cent and not increasing rates to fund the Community and Recreation Hub project.


  • State Government announces funds for Hub

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    over 1 year ago

    The State Government has announced a funding commitment of $10 million from the State Regional Growth Fund to assist with the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.

    The announcement follows a recent meeting between South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM and CEO Mark McShane and the provision of a project business case to the State Government.

    “This is extremely positive news with the State Government and Federal Government funding to our community now totalling $25 million for this project. This is a huge vote of support for our City and the region.”...

    The State Government has announced a funding commitment of $10 million from the State Regional Growth Fund to assist with the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.

    The announcement follows a recent meeting between South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM and CEO Mark McShane and the provision of a project business case to the State Government.

    “This is extremely positive news with the State Government and Federal Government funding to our community now totalling $25 million for this project. This is a huge vote of support for our City and the region.” said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM

    “Our sincere appreciation goes to Premier Steven Marshall, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone and Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.”

    “Achieving success to this level has been an outstanding outcome and I acknowledge everyone involved in this project. I especially acknowledge Member for Barker Mr Tony Pasin MP for his support in gaining Federal Government funds and Member for Mount Gambier Mr Troy Bell and Member for MacKillop Mr Nick McBride who have reinforced the benefits of the project at State level.”

    The $25 million Federal and State Government grant commitments to the project will ensure the $39.1 million Community and Recreation Hub proposal will proceed. However, Council will now consider an additional contribution of $5 million towards the project.

    “We are in a strong financial position with very low loan borrowings and adequate cash savings hence we are able to consider contributing more to the project to ensure it is delivered without increasing rates beyond their current level and while still providing effective services to the community,” Mayor Martin said.

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  • Community votes in favour of Hub

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    over 1 year ago

    City of Mount Gambier electors have voted in favour of the Community and Recreation Hub proposal, the largest proposed infrastructure project in Council’s history.

    Of a total 8,722 elector survey returns, 71.6 per cent voted ‘yes’ in support of the project, and 28.4 per cent voted ‘no’. The total number of 'yes' votes was 6,230 while 2,466 electors voted 'no' with a 0.13 per cent invalid response rate.

    "Our community has spoken and have clearly indicated that they want this project to go ahead" said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM.
    “We thank all electors who took...

    City of Mount Gambier electors have voted in favour of the Community and Recreation Hub proposal, the largest proposed infrastructure project in Council’s history.

    Of a total 8,722 elector survey returns, 71.6 per cent voted ‘yes’ in support of the project, and 28.4 per cent voted ‘no’. The total number of 'yes' votes was 6,230 while 2,466 electors voted 'no' with a 0.13 per cent invalid response rate.

    "Our community has spoken and have clearly indicated that they want this project to go ahead" said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM.
    “We thank all electors who took the time to lodge a vote and have a say, a 45 per cent return rate is an excellent result for a survey of this type and this compares with the November 2018 Council election that saw an elector return rate of 43 per cent.”

    Independent market research company Market Solutions distributed the elector survey to 19,332 residents via post in late November to gauge community support for or against the proposed facility. The survey closed at last post on Friday 21 December 2018.

    “The Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub Survey response rate of 45 per cent is considered a high response rate for a postal survey and the Council can be confident these results reflect the views of the broader community on this topic,” a spokesperson for market research company Market Solutions said.

    The Federal Government earmarked $15million for the Community and Recreation Hub from the Regional Growth Fund, which was conditional on majority community support, as indicated by the elector survey.


  • Return Rate for Community anns Recreation Hub Survey

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    over 1 year ago

    As at Tuesday 18 December 2018, a total of 6,207 Community and Recreation Hub postal survey responses have been received by independent survey provider Market Solutions. This represents a response rate of 32.11 per cent of 19,332 electors in the City of Mount Gambier.

    Mayor Lynette Martin encouraged those who have not already voted to make it a priority to have their say by the end of the working week.

    “If your letter is still sitting on your kitchen bench, I urge you to open the blue envelope, read through the enclosed information, tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in response to...

    As at Tuesday 18 December 2018, a total of 6,207 Community and Recreation Hub postal survey responses have been received by independent survey provider Market Solutions. This represents a response rate of 32.11 per cent of 19,332 electors in the City of Mount Gambier.

    Mayor Lynette Martin encouraged those who have not already voted to make it a priority to have their say by the end of the working week.

    “If your letter is still sitting on your kitchen bench, I urge you to open the blue envelope, read through the enclosed information, tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in response to the survey question, put the survey in the reply paid envelope and post it back by this Friday 21 December 2018,” Mayor Martin said.

    All surveys are barcoded for automated processing. Voting slips that have been tampered with will be considered invalid.

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  • Do you have any questions before you submit your survey?

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    over 1 year ago
    The community survey will arrive in the post this week.

    If you have any questions before you submit your survey, come and talk to Council’s project team.

    This week you can find us at:
    11.00am - 3.00pm Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December
    Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)


    The community survey will arrive in the post this week.

    If you have any questions before you submit your survey, come and talk to Council’s project team.

    This week you can find us at:
    11.00am - 3.00pm Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December
    Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)


  • Do you have any questions? | Pop Up Information Session 26 November - 2 December

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    over 1 year ago
    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.

    This week you can find us at:

    Monday 26 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    5.30pm – 7.00pm Icehouse

    Tuesday 27 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm - 5.30pm Library
    5.30pm - 7.30pm Icehouse

    Wednesday 28 November
    11.00am – 2.00pm Library
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place...

    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.

    This week you can find us at:

    Monday 26 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    5.30pm – 7.00pm Icehouse

    Tuesday 27 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm - 5.30pm Library
    5.30pm - 7.30pm Icehouse

    Wednesday 28 November
    11.00am – 2.00pm Library
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm – 7.00pm Aquatic Centre

    Thursday 29 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm – 6.00pm Aquatic Centre

    Friday 30 November
    11.00am – 3.00pm Bunnings
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)

    Saturday 1 December
    9.00am – 12.00pm Mount Gambier Farmers Market
    1.0pm - 5.00pm Bunnings

    Sunday 2 December
    7.00am Cave Gardens
    12.00pm - 4.00pm Bunnings

  • Come and talk to the project team | Pop Up Information Sessions 19-25 November

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    over 1 year ago
    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.

    This week you can find us at:

    Monday 19 November
    9.30am – 12.30pm Mount Gambier Marketplace
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    1.30pm – 4.30pm Library

    Tuesday 20 November
    11.00am – 2.30pm Mount Gambier Marketplace
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)

    Wednesday 21 November
    8.30am – 10.30am Commerce Place...

    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.

    This week you can find us at:

    Monday 19 November
    9.30am – 12.30pm Mount Gambier Marketplace
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    1.30pm – 4.30pm Library

    Tuesday 20 November
    11.00am – 2.30pm Mount Gambier Marketplace
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)

    Wednesday 21 November
    8.30am – 10.30am Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    11.00am – 2.30pm Mount Gambier Marketplace
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm – 5.30pm Library
    7.00pm City Hall

    Thursday 22 November
    10.00am – 11.30am Library
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm – 7.30pm Mount Gambier Marketplace

    Friday 23 November
    10.00am – 12.00pm Library
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    2.30pm – 5.30pm Mount Gambier Marketplace

    Saturday 24 November
    10.00am –2.00pm Mount Gambier Truck Show

    Sunday 25 November
    10.00am – 3.00pm Woolworths Commercial Street East

  • Would you like to find out more? Do you have any questions?

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    over 1 year ago
    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.


    This week you can find us at:
    Sunday 11 November
    10.00am – 2.00pm | Mount Gambier Library Market

    Monday 12 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    2.30pm – 5.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Tuesday 13 November
    9.00am – 11.00am | Library
    11.30am – 3.00pm | Mount Gambier Central
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce...

    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.


    This week you can find us at:
    Sunday 11 November
    10.00am – 2.00pm | Mount Gambier Library Market

    Monday 12 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    2.30pm – 5.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Tuesday 13 November
    9.00am – 11.00am | Library
    11.30am – 3.00pm | Mount Gambier Central
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)

    Wednesday 14 November
    11.00am – 3.00pm | Mount Gambier Central
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)

    Thursday 15 November
    10.00am – 11.30am | Library
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm – 7.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Friday 16 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    2.00pm – 5.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Saturday 17 November
    9.30am – 12.30pm | Main Corner
    10.00am – 12.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    12.30pm onwards | Party in the Park

    Sunday 18 November
    10.00am – 3.00pm | Coles

    If you’d like us to visit your group or organisation contact us at 8721 2555 or city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au.

    For more information read through this page. If you still have questions contact Council on 8721 2555 or submit a question in the Q&A section.

  • $15million Federal Funding Announcement

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    over 1 year ago
    The City of Mount Gambier’s Expression of Interest (EOI) for funds as part of the Federal Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to build the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub has progressed to stage two.

    Council is excited to learn that $15million has been earmarked for the project, following an announcement by Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin at the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Gala Awards Night held at the Barn Palais this evening.

    “$15million is by far the largest grant this community has ever received. Council would like to acknowledge the work of Federal Member for Barker Tony...

    The City of Mount Gambier’s Expression of Interest (EOI) for funds as part of the Federal Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to build the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub has progressed to stage two.

    Council is excited to learn that $15million has been earmarked for the project, following an announcement by Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin at the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Gala Awards Night held at the Barn Palais this evening.

    “$15million is by far the largest grant this community has ever received. Council would like to acknowledge the work of Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin for supporting Council’s EOI for funds to help establish the hub,” City of Mount Gambier CEO Mark McShane said.

    "Council feels fortunate that its EOI was able to stand out in a very competitive field. Hundreds of applications submitted to the fund from regional cities and towns all over Australia are also vying for funds to improve their communities and boost their economy."

    Council considers the announcement a vote of confidence in the project and Council’s work with the community and external specialists to develop intermediate designs and conduct financial analysis and cost estimates to satisfy the criteria for a full business case submission.

    “The proposed facility promises to be the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history with the intermediate architectural designs, financial modelling and costings released this week.”

    “Council has always maintained that it is committed to the development of a funding proposal that is ‘shovel ready’. We have worked hard to do the background work to progress this during the past six months. Now that documentation is ready, we will seek community endorsement to move the project forward through the soon to be conducted survey.”

    In addition to securing the Federal grant, Council will continue to lobby the State Government with support from Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell for funds to progress the project.

    Market research company Market Solutions has been appointed to conduct a postal survey of more than 19,000 electors within the city to gauge community support for the project to determine if it will proceed. The survey will include a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question and will be distributed in late November 2018, closing on 21 December 2018.

    “Mr Pasin’s funding announcement, leading into the elector survey, provides the community with confidence about the project proceeding.”

    “A community engagement program to inform the public about the proposed facility is scheduled to commence after the Council election. We look forward to engaging with the community about the proposed project to ensure electors are fully informed about the project before voting.”

    Voting slips will be mechanically processed and Council expects to receive the results by mid-January 2019.

  • Community and Recreation Hub planning progresses

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    over 1 year ago

    Following months of work with the community and external specialists, the intermediate designs and draft financial modelling for the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub have been completed. Based on the capital cost of $39,116 million, financials, operating models and grant income, the City of Mount Gambier does not foresee the need for rate increases specific to the operation of the facility.

    Intermediate design – What will the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub look like?

    Council and the Community Reference Group (CRG) comprised of individuals representing sporting, recreation and stakeholder groups, worked with architects Design Inc Co-op to...

    Following months of work with the community and external specialists, the intermediate designs and draft financial modelling for the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub have been completed. Based on the capital cost of $39,116 million, financials, operating models and grant income, the City of Mount Gambier does not foresee the need for rate increases specific to the operation of the facility.

    Intermediate design – What will the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub look like?

    Council and the Community Reference Group (CRG) comprised of individuals representing sporting, recreation and stakeholder groups, worked with architects Design Inc Co-op to develop intermediate designs for the Community Recreation Hub.

    “Proactive engagement with a range of community groups and service clubs and the CRG has provided valuable community input into the possible uses of the facility and the overall design and functionality,” City of Mount Gambier CEO Mark McShane said.

    “As a result, Council feels certain that the proposed facility will be a major focal point for recreation, community activities, functions and sport within the city.”

    Core design features and functional elements of the Community and Recreation Hub:

    • Six regulation size, multi-purpose courts for ball sports such as netball, basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball. Courts can also be used for badminton, carpet bowls and a range of other recreation and fitness purposes.

    • The courts can also be used for other purposes such as a venue for large conferences/events/performances accommodating more than 1000 people, including breakout areas and smaller conference/meeting rooms. Versatile space with a stage for live performances, retractable seating, efficient acoustics, projection and IT facilities.

    • 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 program area, identified by Council’s youth plan.

    • Amenities including a crèche, café, and office space for sporting groups and allied health, disability access and storage areas.

    • Gym and fitness spaces located on the first floor along with community and conference rooms with associated amenities. Seating 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, with easy access to the proposed facility.

    • The exterior features include increased car parking, undercover drop off areas and paved and landscaped entrance.

    “As part of the capital costs totaling $39,116million, Council will also carry out a range of work within existing capital infrastructure budgets during the construction period of about two years. This work is estimated to cost approximately $1.4million and would include site preparation, managing utility connections, landscaping, paving, car park surfacing, street furniture and landscaping.”

    The balance of $37,725 million represents the building cost estimate provided by cost estimator Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) and includes contingency, furniture fittings and equipment, professional fees and escalation.

    “The intermediate designs will form part of the submission should the project proceed from the Expression of Interest (EOI) to a full Federal grant application. If the project is funded, further engagement will occur with the CRG, other stakeholders, the community and Council to further refine the concepts and features.”

    Capital costs – Government funding required

    Since April 2018, Council has worked towards developing concept plans for the proposed community facility and conducted financial analysis and cost estimates to support a full business case submission for $20million under the Federal Government Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Council’s EOI is still being considered by the Federal Government.

    Council will continue to lobby the State Government to contribute at least $10million as a vital portion of funding for the construction of the hub. Council will also provide up to $10million, or approximately 25 per cent of the project cost to support the development of the project.

    “Securing up to $30million in funding is challenging, requiring support and collaboration between the three tiers of government. Council sincerely thanks Member for Barker Tony Pasin for his considerable ongoing support for the Regional Growth Fund application and Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell at the State Government level,” Mr McShane said.

    Operational costs – Ongoing costs if the Community and Recreation Hub is built

    Financial analyst BRM Holdich was engaged to undertake detailed financial analysis of the design, operational, financial and management aspects of the proposed community facility and model an operational budget. This work included the review of Council’s Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP), financing options and rating projections.

    “Within the projections of the proposed operating model, based on receiving $30million in funds from the Federal and State Government, Council does not foresee that rate rises will be required to specifically fund the operation of the proposed facility.”

    “Accounting for income and expenses, Council will need to budget approximately $1.4million annually to operate the facility.”

    “The significant lead time to deliver the project by late 2021, enables Council to build its financial position and budget to be able to fund both council’s capital contributions and annual operating costs.”

    Community survey – When will you have your say?

    Market research company Market Solutions has been appointed to conduct a survey of more than 19,000 electors within the city to gauge community support for or against the proposed facility.

    “Market Solutions will distribute a personally addressed mail survey which will include a double sided A4 fact sheet on the proposed facility.”

    “The envelope will contain a unique bar coded voting slip detailing one question requiring a yes/no response to be inserted into a reply paid envelope and returned.”

    The survey will be distributed in late November 2018 and will be open for two and a half weeks, closing on 21 December 2018.

    “A community engagement program to inform the public about the proposed facility is scheduled to commence after the Council election. We look forward to engaging with the community about the proposed project to ensure electors are fully informed about the project before voting.”

    Voting slips will be mechanically processed and Council expects to receive the results by mid-January 2019.