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Council and CRG meet with architects

Council and CRG meet with architects
08 August 2018

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 inform planning for second stage designs for the project funding proposal. 

DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne shared their project vision to design a high quality facility that reflects the character of the Limestone Coast.

“The architects outlined their aim to design a facility that caters for the physical, cultural and inter-generational needs of our community. They will seek a sustainable outcome which balances competing social, economic and environmental factors and incorporates adaptable spaces to facilitate the diverse and changing needs of the community,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

Twelve members of the CRG were present to provide their feedback at the meeting, representing local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups.

Elected Members and the CRG collaborated to provide their thoughts on what the proposed community facility should incorporate.

Some key themes emerged throughout our discussions including safety, child protection and a central and visible crèche. 
- Mayor Andrew Lee

“Further specific needs were identified for school groups and those in our community with access issues.”

The brainstorming session also focused on the flow of the indoor and outdoor space and use of the facility for activities other than sport.

“There was a suggestion that the show court be swapped so that netball courts are closer to the outdoor courts. The facility will require flexibility in modes of operation and court usage and line marking must be considered.”

“We also need to consider aspects such as acoustics, the set-up of lighting and staging, interactive displays and galleries, the function space and the location of the café,” Mayor Lee said.

Second stage designs are expected to be received in the next few weeks.

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