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 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
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
- 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 email@example.com
you are interested in taking part in some form.
The "Our Place Balclutha" community plan will help determine the projects and priorities for the community, as well as help put Council's Living and Working and Economic Development Strategies into action. The ideas centre on what Council can do with our key facilities and how we can work with the community to make things happen.
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