Wongan Hills Sports & Community Co-Location Project

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Monthly Project Updates

NOVEMBER 2019 - PADS FOR GYM, SQUASH COURTS AND MEETING ROOM, ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION

OCTOBER 2019 - TERRACING SITE WORKS FOR TENNIS COURTS, PLANS FOR SPORTS COUNCIL END OF YEAR EVENT

SEPTEMBER 2019 - COOLROOM MODIFICATIONS, HOCKEY OVAL, CAR PARK AND RETAINING WALLS

AUGUST 2019 - FIRST FOOTING POUR, PLANNED DEMOLITION WORK

JULY 2019 - SITE FENCING, NEW PARKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR HOCKEY

JUNE 2019 - TENNIS COURT AND BOWLING GREEN SAND PADS, UTILITY INSTALLATION

FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL 2019 - TENDERS, FUNDING AND TENNIS COURT EARTHWORKS

JANUARY 2019 - EARTHWORKS AND FUNDING UPDATE

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER 2018 - ADDITIONAL FUNDING APPLICATIONS, COMMUNITY SPIRIT - SAND CARTING

About the Project

Social and cultural related activities continue to play a critical role in the lives of people in the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu. These activities underpin the lifestyle choices for people residing in Wongan Hills and are an attractive option for people looking to relocate to the town. The Shire allocates approximately 25% of its total budget to recreation and culture thus demonstrating its significant commitment to sport, recreation and culture in Wongan-Ballidu.

The Shire's Sports and Community Co-Location Project is an ambitious and long awaited project, which is starting to take shape thanks to the hard work and dedication of numerous volunteers and staff. 

History 

In 2004, the Shire commissioned independent consultants to complete a recreation, culture and sport plan . The planning process involved extensive community consultation and highlighted, as one of the key focus areas, the need to consider co-location of infrastructure where the need could be justified and the viability proven. Co-location of infrastructure across the Wheatbelt is widespread and encouraged by the Department of Local Government Sport and Culture (DLGSC) where appropriate. This principle is also supported by the sport and recreation industry and was highlighted in its first true strategic planning document in 1997 i.e. “Strategic Directions 1” which stated that “joint provision and shared use of facilities” should be encouraged.

In 2011, the Shire embarked on an extensive consultation process to produce its “Strategic Community Plan (SCP): 2012 – 2021” . It identified the need to consider co-location of facilities based on demonstrated need and viability that would lead to a more efficient and effective use of council funds. The current sports pavilion (constructed in 1970) currently co-locates football, cricket, hockey, basketball and netball and is a good example of the effectiveness of co-location and use of limited funds to achieve a positive outcome. The shire began to look to rationalise its standalone facilities and co-locate wherever possible.

It was also becoming apparent that changes in local and state government funding necessitated both an review and prioritisation of facility upgrades 

In 2015, the Shire, following extensive community consultation engaged MCG Architects to develop a series of concept plans for consideration by the relevant parties. In keeping with the strategic community plan, the Shire appointed a “Co-location Committee”, which is representative of a cross section of community members. This committee's mandate was very clear - to facilitate all current and future users of the redeveloped precinct to determine:

  • current membership, growth, trends and future plans and activities of each organisation;
  • how and when they did and will use the new precinct;
  • how the redeveloped precinct could better meet their needs;
  • ideas and alternative solutions to meet those needs; and
  • how their organisation could contribute to any proposed redevelopment

Following this extensive consultation, the following options were identified:-

  • Maintain the status quo (do nothing)
  • Completion of the entire project (dependant on gaining funding )
  • Staging of the project according to a needs prioritisation. 

Overwhelmingly, users told us that the following 4 points were the most important for the future sustainability of the redeveloped precinct:-

  1. Provision of safe, quality and sustainable playing surfaces and venues
  2. Internal and external aesthetic improvements and modernisation to create a more attractive and welcoming venue
  3. Internal changes to some areas to improve accessibility and functionality including an overhaul of change rooms and toilets
  4. An overhaul of the sewerage, power and lighting provisions

Context 

Community cohesion and social inclusion will be increased through the capacity for events such as assemblies, sport or community presentations, art exhibitions, concerts, markets, bingo, swap meets, graduations and events to be held within the facility, as well as its use as an emergency evacuation centre. All of these community events aim to deliver a sense of togetherness and interaction and strengthen the physical and mental well-being of users.

This Project will substantially increase the capacity for non-organised sporting activities such as community challenges, corporate and charity challenges, school holiday clinics, club development activities, cultural activities etc. This Project has enormous scope to involve people of all ages and abilities in whole of community activities.                                                        

Lotterywest Cheque Presentation

The Shire warmly welcomed Darren West, MLC to Wongan Hillsto present a cheque for $400,000.  This Lotterywest funding is for the Sports and Community Colocation Project which is set to break ground soon.

"It is wonderful to be able to give back through Lotterywest. WA is the only state where lotto proceeds are invested back into communities" said Mr. West. "This is the biggest cheque that I have had the pleasure of presenting, this project is terrific for the Shire and the community and will be an enormous asset".

Shire President Cr Peter Macnamara made special mention of the Community Co-location Steering Committee." These members of the community have selflessly given their time and dedication to planning this project right from the beginning, and are to be fully commended. We are also very grateful to the community for their fantastic effort in supporting the project both financially and in kind through endeavours such as carting 10,000 cubic metres of sand for the siteworks."

 Desmond Booth of Wongan Newsagency, Megan Pawsey and Jeff Brennan of the Community Co-location Steering Committee, Councillors Eion Ganzer, Peter Macnamara and Jon Hasson, and CEO Stuart Taylor and MCS Alana Wigmore with Darren West MLC. 

This Project would not be possible without the support of the following:

  • The Community and Volunteers of the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu and surrounding areas, including those volunteers, community members, local businesses and representatives of all sporting and community groups within the area that carted approximately 10,000 cubic metres of sand.
  • The support and collaboration of all sporting and community groups within our Shire.
  • The Co-location Steering Committee’: Don Sadler, Jeff Brennan, Megan Pawsey, Matt Sewell, Stuart Taylor

 The financial support of the following:

  • Shire of Wongan-Ballidu
  • Lotterywest
  • Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries: Community Sport & Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)
  • Wongan Hills Community Association
  • Wongan Hills Sport and Recreation Council
  • Tennis Australia
  • Kondut Greater Sports Council
  • Wongan Hills Tennis Club
  • Wongan Ballidu Community Fitness Club

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