Before work can commence on the proposed recreation facility for Karoonda, the District Council of Karoonda East Murray (DCKEM) requires the input of locals by seeking urgent community feedback.
Under the Federal Government’s new Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Fund (CSIG) council can access up to $500,000 and it is hoped the proposed ‘Karoonda Recreation and Wellbeing Centre’ may be the subject of a major grant submission by the council under this scheme.
The centre’s proposed location has been outlined in draft plans at the Karoonda Recreation Reserve and would serve as a multi-purpose recreation facility, with externally accessible female change facilities, a gym, flexible indoor recreation space, indoor toilets, family facility, change rooms and a small kitchen.
DCKEM Mayor Kevin Burdett said council wanted to ensure the community was excited about the proposed centre and would feel a level of ownership over it during each stage of development.
“This will be a long-term project, with consideration made at each stage for potential expansion and ongoing development,” he said.
“Already we have proposed options for the second stage of the project, which could include facilities to support childcare, swimming/aquatic activities and indoor basketball.
“We’re conscious of the positive role our local sports and recreation clubs play in ensuring our residents stay physically and mentally fit and connected socially. This is a key driver for us in ensuring we can progress this concept plan.”
Community members now have the opportunity to view the draft concept plan, with information to be sent out to all DCKEM residents this week before the feedback period would close at 3 pm on September 10. Council have invited community members to present their views at the council meeting on September 11 at 6.30 pm.
DCKEM chief executive officer (CEO) Matthew Morgan said while he would prefer to offer more time for community input and stakeholder liaison, the deadline for grant submissions did not allow for this.