Our Place Balclutha Community Plan update

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Our Place Balclutha Community Plan major projects update

At last week’s Council meeting (Thursday 21 September), Councillors endorsed the membership of the coordinating groups for the Balclutha War Memorial Hall and Naish Park projects.

These two projects form a major part of the Our Place Balclutha Community Plan.

The decision to endorse leaders and members of these two separate project groups was made following public meetings that saw a strong field of candidates put their names forward.

In the interest of inclusiveness, every person that put their hand up to be part of the coordinating group has been appointed as a member and now it will be up to those groups to decide their own structures.

Council is pleased to endorse Kevin Barron as the leader of the Balclutha War Memorial Hall project to rejuvenate the facility and investigate the creation of a community hub.

Kevin Barron’s building company built the first commercial building in Christchurch’s CBD after the Canterbury earthquakes with a floor area of 3,800 square metres. It is this experience along with his return to live in Balclutha that led him to volunteer to be part of this project.

The scope of this community-led project includes looking at the following:

  • the building itself, including provision of a new building or refurbishment/replacement of existing building
  • the surrounds including Charles Street Reserve, Peace Park, riverbank, street frontages, linkages to walking and cycling
  • relocation of Cenotaph
  • recognition of it being a War Memorial Hall
  • the activities, services, and functions to be provided for within the building and surrounds, including but not limited to a visitor attraction, museum, i-Site, toilets, parking and a community hub using a multi-functional design approach
  • investigate the relocation of library services from a cost effectiveness position
  • a comprehensive business case and identification of external funding sources
  • potential transfer of Council assets to a community trust similar to the Cross Rec Centre
  • keeping this project rates neutral, seeking external funding and utilising existing hall budgets are all key parts of this exciting project.

Other members of the coordinating group are: Irene Mosley, Russel Carr, Mark Way, Sarah van Asperen, Gwyn Stevenson, Tim Blackler, Lisa Watt, David Tait, Beth Linklater, Maureen Renton, Rodd Pearson, Natasha Munro, Brett Stewart and Susan Landels.

Council is also happy to endorse Jared McPhee as the leader of the Naish Park project.

Jared is a local self-employed businessman, used to managing staff and projects and with a strong motivation to improve and grow Balclutha.

Other members of this coordinating group are: Kevin Barron, Sarah van Asperen, Sara Sutherland, Lynda Miller, Maxine Evans, Barbara Cowie and Brett Stewart.

The scope of this community-led project includes investigating the following:

  • Emphasising the natural aspects of the park
  • connecting Naish Park to Old Boys Park
  • providing for limited residential development of Old Boys Park
  • discontinuing athletic use of Old Boys Park
  • duck pond refurbishment and possible water feature
  • garden on national significance
  • cycling and walking connections
  • providing for an extension to the camping ground
  • a bike park.

These two groups will now work to establish their structure and start the next steps to get these projects off the ground. The four Balclutha ward councillors will also play a role in these projects.

Mayor Bryan Cadogan said Council wanted to acknowledge and thank all those who put their hands up to be part of this exciting chapter that will positively impact the Balclutha community well into the future.

Remember, it’s not too late to still be part of these projects, contact alana.king@cluthadc.govt.nz if you are interested in taking part in some form.

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Page reviewed: 15 Mar 2017 2:02pm