Sports park future in public’s hands

Mount Gambier City Council has drafted the Blue Lake Sports Park Master Plan, with the high-level plan recently endorsed by council meeting and now open for community feedback.

This followed the endorsement of the Mount Gambier Sport, Recreation and Open Space Strategy (SROSS) in April 2022 and further consultation with key stakeholders.

City and Community Growth general manager Tim Coote said the Blue Lake Sports Park Master Plan would provide a road map for future development at the site informed by the Sport, Recreation and Open Spaces Strategy, current and future participation trends, sporting compliance as well as feedback from the community and key stakeholders.

“Mount Gambier has a diverse range of sport and the recreation facilities and the development of master plans for key reserves is important in providing a holistic view and clear direction to guide sport and recreation provision for our city, now and into the future,” he said.

“A significant multi-purpose site for sport and recreation in Mount Gambier, the Blue Lake Sports Park is unique in its offering of large open plan green space which enables multiple, simultaneous sporting activities and carnivals to occur in a single location.

“The plan aims to improve connections within the reserve and beyond, futureproof the facilities on the site, further enhance the existing open reserve character with environmentally sustainable outcomes, and develop the area as a destination the wider community can engage with.”

Mr Coote said the draft document presents two options for consideration, delivering different aspirations for the site, with both options designed to support a staged delivery of any future development.

“It is important to note that this master plan is not a development commitment by council or indicate priority over other current or future strategic initiatives or developments,” he said.

Interested community members are encouraged to view the draft master plan and share their feedback by completing the form at haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au/blsp-mp or by calling council on 8721 2555.

Consultation closes on June 24 and the feedback provided will be considered by the project team as part of the final master plan, which will be presented to council for endorsement in the coming months.

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