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Open Space and Community Facilities Strategy on track for adoption


Georges River Council’s Community and Culture Committee on 12 August 2019 considered the draft Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy which will be considered by Council at its meeting on 26 August 2019. 
The Committee endorsed the Strategy and an additional recommendation to undertake an Aquatic Site Suitability and Feasibility Study and associated Aquatic Facility Strategy to identify the most suitable location for a new pool facility for the city. 
The Strategy was completed after extending the exhibition period of the draft by an additional month to allow more time for community members to provide feedback. 
Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that in addition to submissions received either electronically or via mail, nine pop-up stalls were conducted throughout the local government area (LGA) between January and March 2019. 
“We received more than 400 submissions on the draft Strategy, and based on the feedback received during the consultation period, along with a review of industry best practice, a series of amendments were made to the draft Strategy. 
“It was no surprise that the dominant issue raised in the submissions was concern for the closure of Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park.” 
“Green space was the second most popular topic discussed, with the majority of respondents expressing the desire for additional passive and active open space, particularly in higher density areas.  
“As part of master planning for our town centres, open space options will be investigated in the development of an Open Space Acquisition Plan. 
“The community also identified a need for additional aged care services, youth facilities, health facilities, sporting facilities, gathering places, children’s services, library facilities, and services that support at-risk populations, and public art as vital social infrastructure that should be a focus for the future,” added Mayor Greene.  
The feedback from community members highlighted the high value they place on community centres and social infrastructure more broadly.  
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