Rationalisation of existing facilities required key stakeholders to agree to participate in the project. Initially this was challenging with each stakeholder coming to the table with individual agenda’s. Significant public consultation was required at each stage of the study. Council regularly reviewed and amended the brief, which required further consultation to be undertaken. The biggest complexity was the November 2014 Council General Elections, which almost derailed the project. With a new Council on board, the project lost its momentum
Reference group was established, comprising of representatives from the key facilities. Meetings were held with key personnel from the Office of Rec & Sport, regular Council briefings / workshops held to assist in formulating the plan, followed by formal Council meetings. At different stages of the project, public consultation was sought. Feedbacks from those sessions were then fed back to Council and the plan altered to suit.
Unfortunately, whilst the plan was eventually ‘recognised’ by Council as a long term strategic vision for the site, the project will only proceed if Council is successful in acquiring substantial grant funding.