Community input to shape open spaces

Mount Gambier City Council is undertaking a survey to understand how the community uses public open spaces and how they can be improved.

Council’s acting chief executive Barbara Cernovskis said the city’s open spaces and reserves were used for a wide range of sporting and recreational activities.

“We need to understand how the community uses facilities such as sporting fields and clubrooms and passive open spaces such and parks, gardens and other reserves and how they can be improved in the future,” she said.

“Community input will guide the future development of sporting, recreation and open space facilities in Mount Gambier and help council to lobby for grant funding from State and Federal Governments for future capital works projects.”

Ms Cernovskis said interested community members were encouraged to share their views and provide input to shape the strategy by completing the survey at haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au/sross or by phone on 8721 2555.

In addition, members of the community can attend a community drop-in session to discuss their thoughts on May 15 at Hastings Cunningham Reserve from 11.30am to 12.45pm, AF Sutton Reserve – 1.30pm to 2.45pm and Frew Park – 3.30pm to 5pm.

“The open space exists for the use of the community, so it is important that we understand how these sporting facilities, parks and reserves are currently used and the aspirations of the community for these spaces in the future,” Ms Cernovskis said.

“The information collected during the initial community engagement process will inform the preparation of the draft Sport, Recreation and Open Space Strategy which will be then be released for further community consultation later in the year.”

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