District Council of
Karoonda East Murray



Council seeks feedback on new Karoonda recreation facility

A draft concept plan has been developed for a new recreation facility in Karoonda, and the District Council of Karoonda East Murray is seeking urgent community feedback on it.

The proposed ‘Karoonda Recreation and Wellbeing Centre’ may be the subject of a major grant submission by the Council to the Federal Government’s new Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Fund (CSIG). Under this scheme, Council can access up to $500,000 to assist in developing the new facility.

Draft plans for the proposed centre would see it located at the Karoonda Recreation Reserve and provide the district with a multi-purpose recreation facility, supporting various benefits for many demographics across the Council area.

An initial workshop had been held during August with local sporting groups to ensure the project outline could be developed to suit community needs and desires.

Stage One is proposed to include externally accessible female change facilities, a gym, flexible indoor recreation space, indoor toilets, family facilities, change rooms and a small kitchen.

District Council of Karoonda East Murray Mayor Kevin Burdett said Council wanted to ensure the community was excited and keen to progress this work and provide them with a level of ownership over it at each stage.

“This will be a long-term project, with consideration made at each stage for potential expansion and ongoing development.
“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.”

Right now, a draft concept plan has been drawn up and is available to view. Information will be sent to all DCKEM residents this week and Council is seeking prompt community feedback before 3pm on Monday, 10 September 2018.

Members of the community are also invited to present their views to Council at the Council meeting to be held on Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 at 6.30pm.

District Council of Karoonda East Murray Chief Executive Officer 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.

“Good recreation facilities are absolutely vital to the wellbeing and vibrancy of rural communities like ours,” Mr Morgan says.

“Council is looking for ways to deliver and fund projects of this scale in the community, and when opportunities to access external grant funding becomes available, we need to be able to respond.”

To view the Karoonda Recreation and Wellbeing Centre Draft Concept Plan and project fact sheet, visit Council’s website: www.dckem.sa.gov.au.

Local community members and key stakeholders can have their say by getting in touch with the Council via the details below:
Email: council@dckem.sa.gov.au
Phone: (08) 8578 1004
In person: Visit the office (11 Railway Terrace, Karoonda)
In writing: ATTN: Matthew Morgan RE: Karoonda Rec Centre
PO Box 58, Karoonda SA, 5307

View the Concept Drawings Here:

Karoonda Recreation and Wellbeing Centre Concept

Karoonda Recreation and Wellbeing Centre Site Plan Concept

Letter to Community Seeking Feedback

11 Railway Terrace

PO Box 58

Karoonda SA 5307

Tel: 08 8578 1004

Fax: 08 8578 1246

Email: council@dckem.sa.gov.au

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