Study to probe Gungahlin’s community and recreation needs

Ian Bushnell 18 January 2021 7
Gungahlin pool

Gungahlin has a pool, although it has been closed for repairs since March last year, but requires many more community, recreational and sporting facilities. Photo: Facebook.

The Gungahlin Community Council has welcomed a new study into the district’s community and recreational needs, which it hopes will help remedy a dearth of facilities in one of Canberra’s fastest-growing areas.

The ACT Government has contracted SGS Economics and Planning to conduct a desktop audit of existing and proposed facilities in Gungahlin and bordering suburbs, a community engagement program, and a demand and gap analysis to identify the area’s needs and where facilities could be built.

The council has been critical of the lack of community, recreational and sporting facilities in Gungahlin and has been calling for such a study for some time.

GCC president Peter Elford said it was tremendous that the government was moving forward on this community engagement.

”Gungahlin Community Council is strongly of the view that Gungahlin is very poorly served for community, recreational and sporting needs, and we’re looking forward to working with the contractor as early as possible in the process to capture the aspirations and expectations of the community,” he said.

But he said there needed to be more clarity about what ”community” and “recreational” meant, noting that sport does not appear anywhere in the contract document.

”It’s important to be clear about these things, particularly when people engaged with the Territory Plan see something that’s available for community use and then something is built there that they don’t want,” Mr Elford said.

“For example, was a mountain bike track a recreational or sporting facility, or both?”

Mr Elford also welcomed the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate developing a new benchmark tool to measure community and recreational facility demand, which the contractor will use.

He said there had been a lack of consistency across Canberra’s districts about how their needs and demands for facilities had been managed.

The study should also consider investigations being conducted by other agencies, such as the Suburban Land Agency, so there was no overlapping.

According to the contract, the study will determine the current and future demand for community and recreation facilities based on emerging requirements and what comes out of community consultation.

The contractor should also look at the existing, committed and proposed supply of both government and private facilities, and projected demographic changes and developments, such as the Ginninderry Estate in West Belconnen.

SGS will also identify facilities and services that are lacking, and develop a map of blocks already suitable zoned that may be used for community and recreational purposes.

It will recommend what kind of use – full market value, community concessional, or a mix – may be most suitable for these blocks, taking into account the benefits of a town centre or suburban site.

The demand and gap analysis, site identification report and the map are due in April-May.

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7 Responses to Study to probe Gungahlin’s community and recreation needs
bj_ACT bj_ACT 2:38 pm 19 Jan 21

This is a promising sign for the residents of Gungahlin, but the web is full of Government studies into Tuggeranong’s infrastructure and recreation needs that have never been implemented.

Hopefully these will get proper funding this time.

steve2020 steve2020 8:23 am 19 Jan 21

In planning, the term parks and recreation is used. Recreation would most certainly include sport, but broad enough to include art, yoga or meditation, fitness, bushwalking, playgrounds etc.

dolphin dolphin 10:10 pm 18 Jan 21

excellent news. will be good to have some community playing fields for Gungahlin.

Mark Scarborough Mark Scarborough 6:41 pm 18 Jan 21

Another study! How many is this now? We are running out of suitable land to build something that can work. First step build a complex that can run as a multi sport indoor sports complex for a start and let operators such as Kaleen Indoor Sports tender to operate from it.

Roberta Lynne Anning Roberta Lynne Anning 6:23 pm 18 Jan 21

Maybe they should start by fixing the pool.

    Loris Manns Loris Manns 6:41 pm 18 Jan 21

    Roberta Lynne Anning yes, should be top priority. Been out of action so long.

    Jennie Smith Jennie Smith 1:52 pm 20 Jan 21

    Yes, surely they don't need a study to fix the pool!

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