Current status of the project
The Manjimup Community Recreation Hub Needs Assessment and Master Plan was adopted by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 1 October 2015. The Manjimup Community Recreation Hub Needs Assessment and Master Plan can be view via the links below:
The Manjimup Community Recreation Hub Master Plan and accompanying Feasibility Studies are the result of extended consultation within the community and sport and recreation sectors. The Plan and the Studies identify recommendations and priorities and provide direction for all stakeholders to address current infrastructure needs and future infrastructure developments at the Hub.
Background of the project
The adoption of the Plan and Studies has been identified by Council as a priority to enable long term, integrated planning. As a whole, the recommendations within the Plan and the Studies will require considerable investment by Council and sporting/community groups as well as other funding.
Detailed costs plans for the three projects that were investigated in the Feasibility Studies are included in the Studies. Numerous other developments were identified in the Needs Assessment, of which a costs overview is provided in the Needs Assessment & Master Plan.
Realisation of projects, in particular the large projects, is likely to occur in stages, driven by community and population demand, over a number of years. Furthermore some proposed developments will only be realised if specific criteria are met, such as evident community demand or population growth.
Projects requiring considerable Council investment, will need to be included in the Shire's Corporate Business Plan. The Corporate Business Plan 2015-2019 is linked to the Annual Budget and Long Term Financial Plan, setting the Shire's priorities in terms of the services and programs that will be delivered to ensure adequate resources are in place to address the priorities identified by the community. The Shire will be reviewing its current Corporate Business Plan in 2016/17, which will provide an opportunity to include any large and long term projects.
The Plan will also play a significant role in informing the Warren Blackwood Regional Sport and Recreation Strategic Plan to be prepared by the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) in 2016/17. DSR is preparing this document to facilitate a coordinated and regional approach across the Lower South West for the location and delivery of facilities, to enhance funding success when seeking the support of State and Federal funding programs.
Projects driven by Sporting and Community Groups
The Plan contains a number of projects that will need to be driven and implemented by the sporting/community groups. larger projects listed within the Plan may not be prioritised for a number of years within the Shire's Corporate Business Plan and Long Term Financial Plan. This, however, does not restrict nor limit sporting or community groups from implementing the projects themselves. The Shire is encouraging these groups, who play a crucial role in the development of their facilities and sports within the community, to fundraise and/or apply for grant funding in order to have these projects realised. Potential funding sources may include the Department of Sport and Recreation, Lotterywest or state/national sporting associations. In addition, the Shire can provide administrative and/or financial support (where possible) to assist clubs and groups with the rollout of the projects identified within the Plan. Clubs/groups can present requests for financial contributions to Council, supported by adequate planning for the project realisation and funding. Queries should be directed to the Club Development Officer or the Manager Community and Recreation (Evy Apeldoorn) at the Shire of Manjimup.