City of Marion has committed to investing approximately $5M in a New Marino Community Hall.
Latest News 20 Nov
Consultation concluded 30 October and a report and motion is going to Council on 24 Nov see here (note 2 attachments are missing we will follow up). Overall there was a great response from the community; it was comprehensive, thoughtful and generally positive, with some excellent contributions. The report on what we heard is very clear. This is an excellent basis for developing the designs further to meet community expectations.
It includes the following recommendation:
1. Notes the feedback from the community consultation undertaken during October 2020.
2. Endorses to proceed to complete the 30% detailed design phase and fees of up to $100,000 from the asset sustainability reserve, so that the project meets the level of detail and programme requirements for funding in the State Government $100 Million budget allocation, for community infrastructure projects.
3. Delegates to the Mayor and CEO to endorse the 30% detailed design for Marino Hall, to allow for the grant application to be submitted by 29 January 2021.
The key elements that are not apparent in the motion are:
Latest Oct 2020
On 23 September Council launched a 6 week community consultation which closed on the 30 October. This was following the release of the Council’s high level Feasibility Report at a recent Council meeting.
City of Marion has committed to investing approx $5M in a new Marino Community Hall rather than adaptive reuse of the existing. It was not possible to hold a public meeting with Council to understand the proposal better, so please take time to review the information provided.
The Association supports the proposal in principle subject to more details and stakeholder engagement, such as:
On 23 September Council launched 6 week community consultation which closed on the 30 October. This was following the release of the Council’s high level Feasibility Report Reference SGC200729R01 at a recent Council meeting which sought Council’s endorsement of the following:
The 5049 Coastal Community Association is an active supporter of the MHMC (Marino Community Hall Management Committee) including volunteering to help facilitate activities and improvements to the hall. We were pleased that, in response to the continuing activation improvements by the MCHMC, Council committed to a feasibility process on refurbishment or replacement of the Hall to better serve the community.
We participated actively in the first part of that process in 2019 with Council-led community ideas consultation on the back of an Association-sponsored survey in 2018. There has been little or no feedback on the 2019 process, for example, no “what we heard and next steps report”. With such community initiatives it is essential to keep the community informed and engaged even if there has been a delay. No news is never good news on these things. It erodes goodwill and devalues the process.
Whilst we were aware that the matter was progressing over the last 8 months, no details were shared, beyond encouragements and repeated mention of the feasibility study and potential investment values of 2 options. All were very positive, but there has been no further meaningful engagement with the key stakeholder MHMC, as a key stakeholder/partner in the process.
In the intervening period, the MHMC have continued to energetically manage and develop the Hall programs for the community. They have facilitated the following improvements and enhancements to the Hall facilities working closely with Council to ensure the improvements are capable of transferring into the major project.
It was hoped to have a public meeting at the Hall during the consultation so we could invite Council to explain the designs and the process, but unfortunately it was not possible. We are assured that this is only the beginning of engagement and after this consultation there will be further opportunities for key stakeholders (undefined?) to influence the outcome during detailed design.
Review of July 2020 Feasibility Options Report and the Making Marion website content
We have undertaken a high level review of the above report and the preferred new build option in particular.
There are several positives in the report:
There are several key aspects of the proposal that challenge the expectations from 2018/19:
From the report Council selected the more expensive new build option based on the fact that the cost differential between the adaptive reuse and new build option was not significant; and the long term value of a new building would be in its opportunity to address some of the shortcomings and risks associated with retention and adaptation.
The following review of the New Build option is preliminary and reflects the time available for this review. Many are resolvable through the next stage of design development. However, some are fundamental to signing off on a realistic budget. A further round of more inclusive consultation with key stakeholders and managers of the facility should be undertaken in the next stage to ensure that when it goes back to the community it is well received and the final outcome is truly “owned” by the community it serves.
Plans – New Build
Addresses the street well and provides more open welcoming impact. Gives the opportunity to get the optimum facility by reorientation of the footprint in an E-W direction. Note the following: