Respectful forum acknowledged

Published on 12 August 2022

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Council is acknowledging the productive and respectful conversation with the community on proposed future improvements for McIvor Reserve and the potential for an indoor sports facility there during a two hour community forum on Monday night.

The forum recognised the continued level of interest in the project following recent engagement to identify a range of actions to support ongoing recreation and formal sports at the Reserve, in light of population growth forecasts

Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran hoped it has gone some way to creating a shared understanding of the master-planning process and the challenges faced by our community as it grows.

“This was an opportunity to continue the dialogue with the community with a direct line to Council officers to answer their questions.

“We know from feedback received that some members of the community have strong views around this project so it was particularly pleasing those who asked questions were able to do so without interruption.

“I would like to thank the participants for the generosity they showed towards each other by providing the space for others to speak, even if they did not agree with them.”

With 180 registrations for the forum, participants were asked to limit their questions to provide opportunity for as many as possible to be heard during the two hour session. 130 residents joined the conversation, of whom a third indicated they had questions they hoped to ask.

Those unable to ask their questions directly have been invited to send them through for Council to follow up on. A recording of the session has also been shared on the engagement project page at yourcityyourvoice.com.au/mcivor

Given the early stage of planning, Council acknowledges it has not been able to provide the level of detail sought which has led to some misunderstanding in the community around the project. It has reinforced no decisions have been made on an indoor sports facility to be located at McIvor Reserve, nor is there any suggestion at this stage of the planning process that significant open space would be impacted or that there would not be provision for a dog park there.

All the information gathered from the community and key findings from engagement will be valuable in informing the development of a draft masterplan, which will be shared with the community for further feedback towards the end of this year, likely September/October.

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