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Council has consulted with the community on a range of projects over the past 12 months.

Max Amber Sportsfield Master Plan - Concept Options

The 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget allocated $50,000 to the development of the Max Amber Sportsfield Master Plan. A draft Plan was prepared with Council endorsing two options for the purposes of Community consultation and this was undertaken in November 2017.

Although there was some support for either Option A or B, the overwhelming view of the Community was that they did not support Council progressing with either Option A or B. The Community indicated that they generally agreed that the existing facilities needed to be upgraded however in a far more moderate way.

At its meeting on 21 November, although consultation had commenced, Council resolved that Staff prepare a report on how much each of the following changes might reduce the cost of the proposed Master Plan:

  • Construct a single storey main club building rather than a double storey building (however at the oval level)
  • Not construct a second soccer field where the tennis courts are and convert that area to a ‘grassed reserve’
  • Not construct an artificial soccer field
  • Not re-align the main football/cricket oval.

After careful deliberation, Council noted the feedback from the Community and resolved to take no further action in regards to Option A or Option B. Furthermore Council requested that Staff obtain costs for upgrading the facilities (including the possibility of a double storey Football Clubroom) and associated amenities at Max Amber Sportsfield at their existing sites in addition to the scope of works requested by Council at its meeting on 21 November 2017.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 147).

Community Satisfaction Survey 2017

Council is committed to improving the services it delivers to the community. To understand what it is doing right and where it needs to improve Council sought feedback from the community on how satisfied it is with Council services, facilities and performance. The outcomes to the Community Satisfaction Survey 2017 were compared to previous Satisfaction Surveys to identify trends.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.5, page 253).
COMMUNITY SATISFACTION SURVEY 2017 - OUTCOMES: To view a summary click here.

Greenglade Drive (Paradise) Playground Improvements

The equipment at the playground on Greenglade Drive in Paradise is near the end of its useful life and is due for replacement. In October 2017 Council surveyed residents around the Playground and also held a Talking Point to hear ideas for playground improvements. Council at its meeting on 19 December 2017 considered the feedback and endorsed a draft concept plan for further consultation with the local community. Council also resolved to consider allocating $133,000 for Greenglade Drive Playground Improvements at the time of formulating the draft 2019/2020 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Residents will be contacted again in early 2018 and asked to provide feedback on the draft concept plan.  

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.4, page 213).

Rosemary Avenue Reserve (Athelstone) Playground Improvements

The playground equipment at Rosemary Avenue Reserve is near the end of its useful life and is due for replacement. In October 2017 residents around the Reserve were asked to tell us about how they want the playground to look, feel and function in future years and to give us ideas for replacement playground equipment and/or nature play features.

Feedback will be considered in the preparation of a draft concept plan for improvements. Residents will again be asked to have input by providing feedback on the draft concept plan (anticipated that this will take place in early 2018) prior to Council finalising the plan and considering the project for funding in 2018/2019. Council at its meeting on 19 December 2017 considered the feedback and endorsed a draft concept plan for further consultation with the local community. Council also resolved to consider allocating $78,000 for the improvements at this playground at the time of formulating the draft 2018/2019 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Residents will be contacted again in early 2018 and asked to provide feedback on the draft concept plan.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.4, page 213).

Melba Court Reserve (Hectorville) Improvements

In late 2016 Hectorville ratepayers and residents were asked for ideas to improve Melba Court Reserve. Just prior to the consultation, Council purchased the adjoining property allowing for the reserve to be extended and participants had the opportunity to provide ideas for future improvements on a larger reserve than currently existed.

Feedback informed the development of a draft concept plan and on 5 September 2017 Council endorsed the draft plan for further consultation with the local Community. Feedback found that the final plan was not quite right and some changes were made to the plan including the retention of the existing playground with an additional nature play area (rather than a complete replacement of the equipment), a shelter over the picnic table and the replacement of the adjoining barrier fence (subject to negotiations with neighbours). At its meeting on 19 December 2017 Council considered the feedback and the revised plan and resolved to consider allocating $50,000 for Melba Court Reserve Improvements at the time of formulating the draft 2018/2019 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Thank you to residents around Melba Court Reserve for your ongoing feedback during the development of a design for improvements at this Reserve.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.4, page 213).

Parking Restrictions Rostrevor

Since the State Government completed the new playground in the Morialta Conservation Park there has been a significant influx of visitors to the Park resulting in parking issues in streets around the car park off Stradbroke Road, Rostrevor. In late October 2017 Council consulted affected residents to gauge the level of support for imposing parking restrictions on these streets. Appropriate action will be taken by Council based on the feedback. Council recognises that parking restrictions are not a viable permanent solution to this issue and is lobbying the Government to provide appropriate levels of parking within the Conservation park itself.

New Bicycle Plan

STAGE 1
Council initially sought feedback from the Community to assist in the review of its Bicycle Plan. A Community Bicycle Forum, held as part of the engagement, provided an opportunity for the community to discuss the plan in more detail. Feedback from the consultation along with a Draft Bicycle Plan was presented to Council at its meeting on 19 May 2015. Council resolved to receive the Draft Bicycle Plan and requested Staff identify key points worthy of progression for consideration by Council.

STAGE 2
In October/November 2016 Council again sought community feedback on the draft Bicycle Plan and Implementation Cost Estimates to make sure it was right and nothing was missed. The Draft Bicycle Plan was reviewed in light of the feedback received in 31 submissions from individuals and groups, and nearly 800 surveys completed by children and young people about their bike riding experiences around the Campbelltown City Council area.

Council at its meeting on 15 August 2017 considered the feedback and Bicycle Plan with proposed adjustments.  With a relatively high level of support expressed by respondents,  Council adopted the Bicycle Plan as presented (and the adjustments). Furthermore Council will consider allocating $5,000 in the Draft 2018/2019 Annual Business Plan and Budget to produce a user friendly cycling guide with a map of local and existing learn to ride routes as well as other cycling support facilities. Staff will also review infrastructure improvement plans to, where appropriate, incorporate actions as identified in the Bicycle Plan for consideration in future budget allocations and will write to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure seeking their support for improvements along arterial roads that have been identified in the Plan.

REPORT STAGE 1: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to STAGE 1 click here (go to Item 11.2, page 103). 
REPORT STAGE 2: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to STAGE 2 click here (go to Item 11.4, page 53).

Draft Playground and Exercise Equipment Plan

During March 2017 Council sought feedback from the community on this new Plan that provides a long term strategy to replace, consolidate and provide new playgrounds and exercise equipment in the Campbelltown City Council area. The aim is to develop a network of playgrounds and exercise equipment throughout the City that provides for the Community now and into the future while keeping maintenance costs at a manageable level.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 79).
PLAYGROUND AND EXERCISE EQUIPMENT PLAN: To view the Plan click here.

Draft Animal Management Plan 2016-2021

Council’s Animal Management Plan has been reviewed to ensure it continues to provide clear direction for management of pets in the City of Campbelltown, make it simpler and more reader friendly, and to meet legislative requirements. In early 2017 Council asked the community for feedback on the revised Plan. At its meeting on 4 July 2017 Council considered the feedback and resolved to endorse the revised Draft Animal Management Plan 2016-2021 (with minor amendments) and submit to Plan to the Dog and Cat Management Board for approval.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.1, page 41).

Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget

Council annually seeks feedback from the Community on its plan and budget for the following financial year. The engagement with the community on Council's Draft 2017/2018 Plan and Budget was conducted in May and the outcomes were presented to Council at its meeting on 20 June 2017. After considering the feedback Council resolved to change the Biodiversity Park project in the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget to provide additional plantings of indigenous species and new signage that promotes the uniqueness of the park (as recommended by the Friends of the Environment Group) at a reduced net cost to Council of $10,000, include the Thorndon Park – Park Lighting project at a cost of $400,000, reaffirm a general rate increase at 2.60% plus growth, reaffirm that the minimum rate for the 2017/2018 financial year increase in line with the general rate increase of 2.60% (to $932) and confirm that the rate cap will be set at twice the general rate increase for the 2017/2018 financial year. With these decisions, Council staff prepared a final plan for Council's consideration. On 4 July 2017, adopted the final 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget..

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation on 20 June 2017 click here (go to Item 11.3, page 81).
2017/2018 ANNUAL BUSINESS PLAN & BUDGET: To view the Plan and Budget click here (summary also available)

Biodiversity Park, Newton

Council had included in the Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget a project to make changes at the Biodiversity Park, Newton. Prior to undertaking any proposed works Council sought feedback from the Campbelltown Rotary Club and the FoTE (Friends of the Environment) Group. Both groups had been involved in the establishment of the park in 2005.  At its meeting on 20 June 2017 Council noted that Campbelltown Rotary Club and the FoTE did not support the Biodiversity Park being significantly changed. On considering this feedback and the additional feedback from the Community on the Draft Plan and Budget, resolved to change the Biodiversity Park project in the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget to provide additional plantings of indigenous species and new signage that promotes the uniqueness of the park (as recommended by the FoTE Group) at a reduced net cost to Council of $10,000.

REPORT: To view the reports presented to Council on the outcomes to both consultations click here (go to Item 11.2, page 67 and Item 11.3, page 81).

Melville Grove Reserve, Reservoir Road Reserve, Lochiel Park - Playground Improvements

In September and October 2016 ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of Melville Grove Reserve (Hectorville), Reservoir Road Reserve (Paradise) and Lochiel Park (Campbelltown) were asked what they liked about the playgrounds at these locations and if they had any ideas for improvement. Feedback assisted in the preparation of a draft concept plans for improvements at each. At its meeting on 21 February 2017, Council considered all feedback and endorsed the draft concept plans at each of the locations for further consultation and resolved to consider allocating $72,000 for Stage 1 of Melville Grove Reserve Improvements and $48,000 for Reservoir Road Reserve Improvements in the Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget. 

Ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of each of the playgrounds were then given the draft concept plan for comment. At its meeting on 20 June 2017 Council noted the positive feedback and then at its meeting on 4 July 2017 adopted the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and budget that included $144,000 for Stage 1 and Stage 2 improvements at Melville Grove Reserve and $48,000 for improvements at Reservoir Road Reserve. It is anticipated that the improvements at these two Reserves will be completed by March 2018. Council will consider allocating funds in future budgets for the proposed improvements at Lochiel Park Playground.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

REPORTS:  To view the reports presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultations
*  Stage 1 (visions) click here (go to Item 11.2, page 85)
Stage 2 (concept plans) click here (go to Item 11.1, page 57).

Grandview Grove Reserve - Improvements

During July/August 2016, Council conducted a closed consultation with ratepayers and residents within 300 metres of the Reserve regarding the possibility of closing the southern end of Alexandra Avenue, Magill to convert to open space and increase the size of Grandview Grove Reserve. A total of 52 responses were received and after considering all feedback at its meeting on 16 August 2016, Council endorsed the closure of the southern end of Alexandra Avenue, Magill and allocated $10,000 at the next budget review to undertake all required procedures in accordance with Part 2 (5) of the Roads (Opening and Closing Act) 1991.

Further consultation was conducted with the wider Community on the road closure in accordance with the provisions of the Roads (Opening and Closing) Act 1991.  Separate to this consultation, in September 2016 Council conducted follow-up consultation with local residents to seek ideas for improvements to the Reserve (ie playground, furniture etc) to assist in the preparation of a draft concept design.  Council considered the feedback at its meeting on 21 February 2017 and resolved to endorse the draft concept plan for the purposes of further consultation and to consider allocating $120,000 for implementation in the Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Residents were then asked to provide feedback on the draft concept plan. At its meeting on 20 June 2017 Council noted the positive feedback and then at its meeting on 4 July 2017 adopted the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and budget that included $120,000 for implementation of the concept plan.  Thank you to all the ratepayers and residents around Grandview Grove Reserve for your input.  It is anticipated that the improvements will be completed by March 2018.

REPORTS: To view the reports presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation
*  Stage 1 (road closure) click here (go to Item 11.3, page 103)
*  Stage 2 (vision) click here (go to Item 11.2, page 85) 
*  Stage 3 (concept plan) click here (go to Item 11.1, page 57).

Policy Consultations

Council regularly reviews its policies, and in doing so, invites you to have your say on any proposed policy amendments, prior to adopting these policies.  Policies are presented for your review in batches (usually by Department) and feedback received is reported to Council for consideration after the close of the consultation for each batch. Refer to the Current Engagement page for details about current opportunities.

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