ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 26 FEBRUARY 2015
LATE AGENDA Page
9 Assistant General Manager Corporate Services Report
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES: Colleen Henry, Grants and Contributions Officer
An allocation of $225,000 from the Community Facilities and Public Open Space Section 94 fund will be made to the Macksville Skate Park upgrade project. The project has been identified in the Community Facilities and Public Open Space Developer Contributions Plan 2008.
That Council approve an allocation of $225,000 from Section 94 Community Facilities and Public Open Space Fund as a contribution to the Macksville Skate Park project, within the overall Macksville Fun and Fitness Precinct.
There are no options; if Council were to not approve the allocation from s.94, the project would not be able to proceed.
The Macksville Skate Park project has been a project on the works schedule of the Community Facilities and Public Open Space Developer Contribution Plan since the plan’s inception in 2008. The purpose of this report is to secure Council’s approval of the $225,000 now required for the implementation of the project. The project has been re-costed as part of the Macksville Fun & Fitness Precinct project, at an estimated $250,000. The s.94 funds would be combined with the $25,000 grant from Department of Sport and Recreation, which was received in 2014, as a contribution toward the project.
As Councillors may be aware, consultation with young people who use the existing skate park has been undertaken through a survey and through meetings to present two design options. The preferred option and the skate park project have been the subject of a recent Guardian News newspaper article and the community support for the new skate park is high. With the allocation of funding toward this project, Macksville will have a well-designed skate park which will give young people access to activity that they currently do not have. Its location within the redeveloped Macksville Precinct is perfect….
Assistant General Manager Engineering Services
There are no environmental impacts associated with this report.
The Macksville Skate Park will be an important community facility for resident and visiting young people.
There may be economic benefits associated with this funding as the skate park, within the Macksville Fun and Fitness Precinct may attract travellers from the new Pacific Highway.
There are no risks associated with this project.
Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets
The s.94 allocation will be taken from the current budget. No future budget will be impacted.
Source of fund and any variance to working funds
Section 94 Community Facilities and Public Open Space fund.
Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications
There are no changes to service levels or resourcing/staff implications.