Goodwood Oval & Millswood Sporting Complex back on the agenda

A staged implementation plan for Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex in accordance with the resolution of Council on August 2014 I expect to be presented to Council at this months full council meeting.

 

This report should outline the approach for further community engagement, detailed design, priority projects and funding options.

The consultants for the project have taken on board what we heard during the public consultation last year. Their report will be their response to all the information garnered during the consultation.

It remains to be seen what they recommend but I am hopeful there are a number of initiatives that we can take on that will not impact significantly on our budget. This plan has been in the pipeline now since 2006 and I believe it is time we actually get to the point sooner rather than later of actually achieving something on the ground.

There are some little ticket items that I believe we can reasonable undertake. Bigger ticket times will always have to wait on Government funding. These need to be designed and costed so they are ready for implementation of funding becomes available.

Whatever is proposed will be taken back out to the public for their information and edification.

 

 

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Reserve Open Day

If you have an interest in how Goodwood Oval or it’s neighbour Millswood Park will look in the future and what they can provide the community don’t forget that the open day is this Saturday.

The sessions will be as follows:
  • Goodwood Oval from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
  • Millswood Sporting Complex from 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm

From there you can catch the showdown, either at the Adelaide Oval, or at home.
                      

Goodwood Oval/Millswood Reserve Improvement Plans

While Council’s survey on the improvement plan closed a week ago your input can still be provided.

The project team is currently collating the information received. I suspect they will notify what they have received at the  community information day on Saturday 29 March at both sites.  This is your last chance to inform the options that will be considered in the concept plans the development which will commence after the community information day.
The sessions will be as follows:
  • Goodwood Oval from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
  • Millswood Sporting Complex from 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm

From there you can catch the showdown, either at the Adelaide Oval, or at home.
                      

A Heads up on Goodwood Oval/Millswood Park Improvement Plans

Jennie & I have had a briefing on the process of developing the improvement plan with the Consultant. 

They (the consultant) have commenced with one on one discussions with the various clubs and have advised we have received a number of responses from residents already. A good start.

The purpose of this blog post is provide everyone with an idea of what to expect from the process going forward. Obviously the one on one stalks and the assessing of responses will continue.

As you are already I trust aware we will have two forums on the 29th Match (one month from now, one at each location. The members of the Goodwood Oval Reference Group I except will be given personal invitations to the Goodwood Oval session.

A week later it is proposed to have a meeting with all the clubs from each location, again in tow sessions. It is then expected that the consultants will be able to brief all elected members in the 1st week of May, followed by a session with all stakeholders a coupe of weeks later.

The consultants final draft should then be ready to go out for public edification mid May.

An Opportunity of a Generation for the Generations of the Future

What do you think Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park should look and feel like in the future. We are keen to know your thoughts as we plan for the future use of these two facilities.

I am blogging again on this topic as I am passionate in making sure you know you have and take the opportunity to shape the future of the premier sporting facility of the west side of the City of Unley.

Council is keen to have a blueprint for future improvements so that we can take advantage and any future grant funding opportunities that may come our way from the Federal or State Governments. If we fail to have a blueprint then we will fail to attract funding if ever it becomes available. In other words we need to be project ready if ever an opportunity presents itself.

As I noted in previous posts on this blog site Council has, through its Community Assets Review, spoken to the sporting clubs using these facilities. We have determined each have a wish list that they see are important initiatives for the future of their respective clubs.

You will have a chance to respond to these wish lists. But more importantly we need to know what you think can be improved.

The public consultation currently under way has seen all residents within a 1.5 km radius of the grounds receive a letter requesting their thoughts. You can snail mail or email this back to council. A survey is available on our Have Your Say webpage at http://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/article/goodwood-oval-and-millswood-sporting-complex-improvement-plan to facilitate this.

And the Goodwood Oval Reference Group website provides opportunity to have a say. They can be found at http://www.goodwoodoval.org/ and the have your say option can be found at the top right hand corner of the screen.

The upcoming public forums at Goodwood Oval and Millswood Park will be on us soon, indeed as soon as next week.

Goodwood Oval will be held from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Millswood Park (shown on the map as SASMEE Park) will be held from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

If there are things that you think would help make these facilities better then please contribute. A facility for all to enjoy not just now for the current generations, but for those who will follow us.

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park Improvement Plan

After protracted discussions over a number of years between Council and the various sporting clubs using both Goodwood Oval and Millswood Reserve we are ready to consult with residents adjacent both facilities.

The consultation will be conducted by Suter Planners. They have been appointed as the lead consultant after their tender was found to be the most suitable. Having over 20 years’ experience in the industry, particularly in developing plans for similar facilities, I am confident they will do an excellent job.

The consultants have commenced work reviewing relevant documentation from the Council Club consultations. It is foreseen that public consultation will commence in mid-February, with the final plan completed by June 2014.

I expect that they are likely to hold public forums but more on how they will go about it will follow in future blog posts on this site. 

The re-badged Goodwood Oval Reference Group will also participate in this process and no doubt the improvement plan will be a focus of upcoming meetings. For more about this group and how to communicate with them check my earlier post of today.

This is your facility so when the opportunity presents itself we want to hear from you.

 

Goody Oval Resident Rep applications closed

With Consultants now commissioned to seek public feedback on the Improvement planning for Goodwood Oval the Reference Group is taking shape.

The reference group (previously known as the Advisory Group) is a community that has been in existence for some time now. It is a forum that allows interchange between the clubs and residents on a range of ongoing issues.

The group has been quite successful in ensuring an undertaking of each others views and needs. It is growing to a new level with the name change and a website has been created to keep track of the issues under discussion.

Nominations for the last 2 residents representatives of this new group closed today. The response has been fantastic with more people nominating than can be accommodated.We expect to know who have been successful sometime next week.

In the meantime the Goodwood Oval website has become interactive which is fantastic. Check it out at http://www.goodwoodoval.org/

Back to successful sporting clubs in the west of Unley

A club not mentioned before in my blogs who deserve some accolades is the Forestville Hockey Club.

Forestville Hockey Club is proudly the oldest hockey club in Australia having celebrated their centenary in 2005.
The strength of their club, as I have identified with a number of western based clubs has been their junior development focus. They have a great community interaction, and the positive social and family environment will ensure that Forestville Hockey Club will continue to flourish and maintain itself as one of the great sporting club’s in the country.
With over 250 senior and junior members they have teams for people of all ages and abilities which extend from their Junior “Minkey” program to their Men’s and Women’s 1st XI teams, which compete in their respective Hockey SA Premier League competitions.
Well done Forestville. Another jewel in the crown of the sporting clubs based in the west of Unley.