City of Mount Gambier Councillors will consider a report outlining recommendations for members of the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Community Reference Group (CRG) for endorsement at its monthly full council meeting on Tuesday 17 July 2018.
It follows a call for applications from members of the Limestone Coast community interested in becoming part of the group. The CRG will play an important role in representing the community by providing input into the design, functionality and operations of the proposed community centre to ensure current and future needs of potential users are considered.
“Council will consider a report outlining the names of 17 individuals who have submitted applications to be part of the CRG,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.
The community members represent local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, community youth groups, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups.
If the CRG members are endorsed by Council, the group will meet on Wednesday 18 July for an induction session and project briefing.
The CRG will utilise their networks to inform the architectural design process while retaining the footprint from the concept plan. This still needs to be costed.- City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee
A report recommending an architectural firm to provide intermediate drawings required for the project’s funding grants, will also be considered at the Council meeting on Tuesday. This follows presentations from shortlisted architectural firms to the tender evaluation panel earlier this week.
The successful architectural firm will provide the next stage of intermediate architectural and construction drawings and in the event that Federal and State Government funding is successful, then complete all documentation requirements.
“It’s important to remember that the proposed project will not proceed without external grant funding. Council is seeking $20million in funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund. Council would need to provide up to $10million and the State Government would also need to provide at least $10million to support the project. This means that Council could achieve a $40million facility for a capital outlay of $10million,” Mayor Lee said.
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