What is the purpose of this engagement?

    The purpose of this engagement is to seek your comments on the draft Community Asset Action Plan 2012 – 2015. Specifically, Council would like to know your views on the actions and timeline proposed by the plan.

    Community engagement is a critical step in this project and demonstration of community support will enable Council to continue to provide community assets that meet community need.

    What is the background of this project?

    Council commenced the Strategic Building Review in 2007. This review gathered information from the clubs and organisations that use community assets, as well as information on the assets themselves. 

    Using the information collected, Council developed a series of draft recommendations with the aim of ensuring community assets continue to meet community needs into the future. 

    Council has undertaken an engagement process (during early 2012) with those groups currently leasing facilities.

    Feedback obtained from clubs and organisations assisted in the development of the draft Community Asset Action Plan 2012 – 2015.

    What is the purpose of the draft Community Asset Action Plan?

    The draft Community Asset Action Plan aims to develop a long-term strategic plan for Council’s community assets.  This plan identifies the priorities and objectives for the next 3 years and will result in a detailed and costed plan for upgrade, acquisition and disposal of community assets to facilitate effective service delivery over the next 20+ years.

    Why does the Plan have a 3 year timeframe?

    The actions within the Plan are intended to be completed within three years to ensure Council continues to achieve its legislative and strategic obligations.

    What previous consultation has taken place regarding this project?

    Extensive engagement was undertaken with clubs and organisations between 2007 and 2009 as part of the Strategic Building Review. This information was then used to develop draft recommendations, with further consultation undertaken with clubs and organisations in early 2012.

    Council is now consulting with the wider community on the draft Community Asset Action Plan 2012 – 2015.

    Will clubs or organisations be relocated, directed to merge with other clubs, or affected in any other way?

    Possibly. The original draft recommendations that were consulted on in early 2012 did include options to investigate the relocation of some clubs or organisations to other facilities, or to merge with other clubs or organisations.

    Consultation with these clubs/organisations in early 2012 highlighted that some options would be detrimental to a club/organisation. Consequently, Council has included actions in the draft Community Asset Action Plan 2012 – 2015 to develop Master Plans for various facilities, and undertake further investigations to ensure no clubs or organisations are affected in a way that is detrimental to their ongoing service provision.

    What will the actions in the draft plan cost?

    Many of actions of the draft Community Asset Action Plan 2012 – 2015 direct Council to investigate options, rather than construct new or modify existing facilities. The cost of undertaking these actions will be included in Council’s operational budget, however, the total costs of the actions are not yet known until these investigations and planning work is complete. 

    Council has a number of options to fund future outcomes, which will be included within Council's draft long-term Financial Plan and Asset Management Plan. Council will also be actively negotiating with various agencies to seek State and Federal grants, as well as looking at partnership opportunities.

    What will happen with my feedback?

    Your feedback will be recorded and considered by the project team to determine if any changes are required to the draft Plan. This information is proposed to be presented to Council in late 2012.

    What opportunities will I have to share my view?

    You can share your views by:

    • Completing the survey as part of this engagement forum
    • Writing to Council at Community Engagement, Community Asset Action Plan, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061
    • Attending a public information session on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, at Council’s Civic Centre (181 Unley Road, Unley), from 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm or 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm.

    What are the next steps of this project?

    Following community consultation, the responses gathered will be compiled in to a summary report and presented to Council, along with recommendations regarding the next stage of the project and changes that need to be considered.

    Where can I get more information?

    The related documents of this project include the previous Council reports and the draft Community Asset Action Plan 2012 – 2015.

    You may also view the document at Council’s Civic Centre (181 Unley Road, Unley), or contact Council's Recreation Planner, John Wilkinson on 8372 5111.