City of Marion has committed to investing approximately $5M in a New Marino Community Hall.
On 23 September Council launched 6 week community consultation on the above closing on 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:
Please go and have your say and read on for more information.
On 23 September Council launched 6 week community consultation on the above closing on 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: