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Call for Community Reference Group Applications

Call for Community Reference Group Applications
22 June 2018

City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee encourages interested people to apply to be part of the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Community Reference Group. The Community Reference Group will play an important role in representing the community by providing input into the design, functionality and operations of the proposed $40million centre.
Mayor Andrew Lee at Olympic Park
City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee encourages interested people to apply to be part of the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Community Reference Group. The Community Reference Group will play an important role in representing the community by providing input into the design, functionality and operations of the proposed $40million centre.

The City of Mount Gambier seeks applications from members of the Limestone Coast community interested in becoming a member of the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Community Reference Group. 

The Community Reference Group will play an important role in representing the community by providing input into the design, functionality and operations of the proposed $40million centre to ensure current and future needs of potential users are considered prior to the commencement of construction.

Council seeks individuals to represent local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, retirement/residential care facilities, child care providers, community youth groups, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups.

“If you have appropriate experience and knowledge and want to have your say on this proposed community facility, now is your chance. Applications close 5:00pm, Thursday 5 July 2018,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

“This group follows the great work of the Community Engagement Steering Committee comprised of local sporting groups and other stakeholders. These groups and stakeholders certainly still have a place at the table as discussions about the project continue and are encouraged to apply.”

If you are interested in being involved in the Community Reference Group or would like more information visit www.haveyoursaymountgambier.co... or contact City of Mount Gambier Strategic Project Officer Danielle Leckie (08) 8721 2555.

Planning for the proposed major project continues following receipt of a community petition signed by 10,000 people in favour of the centre and Council’s submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for $20million under the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) in late April 2018.

“Council has formed a Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee comprised of Cr Ian Von Stanke, Cr Hanna Persello, Cr Frank Morello and Cr Sonya Mezinec to provide advice to assist Council in decision making on matters associated with the development of the centre. In addition, Councillors and staff have explored other recreational centres in Adelaide and the Barossa to learn from other Council’s experiences with projects of this kind,” Mayor Lee said.

“Council also sought and received 21 initial Expressions of Interest from architectural companies this month to undertake the intermediate architectural designs and plans for the centre in a two stage process, with those shortlisted to tender for the works.”

Media contact: For further information please contact City of Mount Gambier Media and Communications Coordinator Sharny McLean on 8721 2401 or smclean@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre CRG Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are open to all members of the community who are willing and able to represent the community in providing ideas, feedback and information to inform the intermediate design of the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre.

Members of the community who wish to nominate to be a member of the Community Reference Group are required to complete the ‘Community Reference Group Application Form’, which also requires them to read and agree to the ‘Community Reference Group Terms of Reference’.

The required documents can be found on this page below.

Alternatively, these documents will also be available at Reception desk of the City of Mount Gambier, located at the Civic Centre, 10 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier.

You can lodge your application by completing the online application form or submit a hard copy along with any supporting documents via:

Mail
MGRSRC Community Reference Group
City of Mount Gambier
PO BOX 56
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

or

Email 
city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

Applications must be received by 5.00pm on 5th July 2018.

Any additional supporting information can simply be attached to the application form. The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee will assess your application based on all relevant information you have provided. Please limit the number of additional pages to no more than ten.

Members of the Community Reference Group are required to: 

- Attend the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Community Reference Group meetings.
- Provide a user perspective in relation to the design functionality and operations of the proposed centre.
- Provide feedback and advice on issues raised through their discussions within the community. 
- Be an advocate for the project within the community.

It is anticipated that the Community Reference Group will be formed from July 2018 and run until December 2018. The group may be extended beyond that timeframe should there be further requirements.

Members should be a conduit for communications to and from stakeholder groups and the community, understand the scope and constraints of the project to provide effective input and provide information to the design team for key elements of the design.

It should be noted that the Community Reference Group is established by Council as an advisory body and it does not have any formally delegated powers under the Local Government Act.

The Community Reference Group will include, as a minimum, members of the community who represent:

- Primary schools
- Secondary Schools
- Local Swimming Schools and Clubs
- Allied Health Care Providers
- Retirement/Residential Care Facilities
- Child Care Providers
- Community Youth Groups
- Sporting/Recreation Club Representatives
- Netball 
- Basketball
- Tennis
- Swimming
- Other Community Groups

Representatives of other groups including peak bodies, industry groups and other stakeholders may be invited to consult with the contracted Architect directly as required, separately and concurrently with the Community Reference Group.

A range of opportunities will arise for community involvement throughout the development of this project. We encourage community members to check this page regularly throughout the project development, participate in consultations, ask questions and provide feedback. Community members can also subscribe to the Have Your Say Mount Gambier website to receive updates on this and other City of Mount Gambier projects and consultations.

Council is committed to working with the community to ensure that this project fulfils the needs and aspirations of potential users within the parameters of the project.

An initial assessment will be made by The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee based upon:

• Representation from groups nominated in the minimum composition.
• The ability of the individual to appropriately represent the community group nominated.
• The willingness to function within the parameters of the Terms of Reference.

Final selections will require endorsement by the City of Mount Gambier Council.

Further information can be obtained by emailing city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au in the first instance, or phoning Danielle Leckie on (08) 8721 2555.

Participation in the Community Reference Group is voluntary and members will not be paid for their involvement nor reimbursed for any costs associated.

All applicants will be notified in writing to advise of the outcome of their application. Note that this may include email notification.