Community and Recreation Hub

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.

  • Community votes in favour of Hub

    9 months ago
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    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

    10 months ago
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    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?

    11 months ago
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    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

    11 months ago
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    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

    11 months ago
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    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?

    11 months ago
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    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

    12 months ago
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    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

    about 1 year ago
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    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.

  • CRG and architects revise rec centre plans

    about 1 year ago
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    The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and the Community Reference Group (CRG) met with architects at the Civic Centre last night to discuss intermediate designs for the project funding proposal.

    DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne presented amended designs for the facility following CRG input and feedback from community engagement sessions in recent weeks.

    “To make it a true community facility there has been a lot of feedback and a desire for function spaces within this facility as an adaptable space for all generations,” DesignInc Adelaide Managing Director Richard Stafford said.

    “This is the first...

    The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and the Community Reference Group (CRG) met with architects at the Civic Centre last night to discuss intermediate designs for the project funding proposal.

    DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne presented amended designs for the facility following CRG input and feedback from community engagement sessions in recent weeks.

    “To make it a true community facility there has been a lot of feedback and a desire for function spaces within this facility as an adaptable space for all generations,” DesignInc Adelaide Managing Director Richard Stafford said.

    “This is the first cut of plans, they are going to change and improve. We think for this facility to be for everyone it has to have a lot of flexibility.”

    The architects believe alternative options will be required for a section of the proposed court area if it is to be used as a performance/multi-purpose space.

    “The acoustics you need for a sporting facility, both reverberation time and the break out noise from that facility are completely different for a performance and multipurpose space.”

    We’re doing a lot of work around the suitability of a surface that you can use as a show court and the suitability of that surface being used for performances, trade shows and community type functions."

    While the basic format of the proposed plans remains unchanged, the architects have focused on connectivity between spaces and providing family change areas throughout the facility.

    “Change rooms will have a divider in them, so they could provide four spaces or two, depending on the size of the event, or teams. Everything is about getting as much flexibility as possible into the way it has been set up,” Mr Stafford said.

    “Looking at the pool format there’s a bit of separation between the learn to swim area and splash pad, with the warm water pool allowing for diversity of all types and meeting the need for clubs and swimming competitions.”

    Thought has gone into back of house servicing into the pool plant, storage, multipurpose areas, car parking and drop off points.

    “There are multipurpose spaces upstairs and downstairs that could be hired for pool parties, used as a marshalling area, or used for pilates or aerobics, or even allied health spaces.”

    The architects will incorporate the latest feedback into the design this week and present 3D plans to the Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and CRG on Monday 3 September 2018.

    “In addition to work with the CRG and architects, Council has appointed cost estimators Rider Levett Bucknall to work closely with the architects to ensure costings for the proposed facility are accurate,” said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee.

    As part of an extensive engagement process to identify the level of support or otherwise for the facility, a community survey will be conducted in late November, early December with results known in late January.

    Take a look at the information available on this page and provide your feedback via the "Have Your Say" forum, ask a question in the Q&A section or directly contact the team, listed in the "Who's listening" section on the right.

  • Mayor responds to survey comments

    about 1 year ago
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    City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee has moved to respond to commentary about the cost of a survey for the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre and how it should be administered throughout the community.

    At a meeting this week, Council resolved the timing for an elector survey on the proposed facility after the Local Government Elections in November.

    “This proposal is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history and it has always been Council’s intention to conduct an extensive engagement process to identify the level of support or otherwise, once all the facts and...

    City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee has moved to respond to commentary about the cost of a survey for the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre and how it should be administered throughout the community.

    At a meeting this week, Council resolved the timing for an elector survey on the proposed facility after the Local Government Elections in November.

    “This proposal is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history and it has always been Council’s intention to conduct an extensive engagement process to identify the level of support or otherwise, once all the facts and costings are available to ensure the community is able to make an informed decision,” Mayor Lee said.

    The survey will be distributed to 19,270 people on the Electoral Roll which includes both ratepayers and non-ratepayers.

    To do this independently, Council endorsed an estimated budget of $65,000 from the 2018/19 forecast operating surplus to engage external specialist support to conduct the survey.

    “Council must gauge community opinion through a formal and credible process. It’s not as simple as asking a question or conducting a poll on a social media website like Facebook which anyone could respond to, or even using an email program like Survey Monkey which also has limitations as not all electors have an email address,” Mayor Andrew Lee said.

    “We are also unable to conduct the survey as part of the November Local Government Elections run by the Electoral Commission as the notices have already been issued. Council is currently developing plans, documentation and analysis on the project and therefore did not have the information available in time for Electoral Commission lead times.”

    The Mayor said it was vital to engage a professional company to administer the survey to ensure the community can be satisfied that the process was independent when the results are collated and released.

    In the meantime, Council continues to develop concept plans, documentation, financial analysis and cost estimates to inform the community about the operating costs of the proposed project.

    Take a look at the information available on this page and provide your feedback via the "Have Your Say" forum, ask a question in the Q&A section or directly contact the team, listed in the "Who's listening" section on the right.

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