The public consultation period runs from Thursday 2 September 2021 to 5pm Thursday 23 September 2021
At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Monday 18 October 2021 Council:
- Endorsed the Whait Reserve Concept Plan noting that further consideration should be given to the location of the toilet amenities as the design is finalised; and
- Pursue discussions with Gabalidi Garngoo in relation to the appropriateness and form of a Stolen Generation Garden/feature at Whait Reserve as part of the reserve upgrades.
To view the full Report and attachments presented to Council refer to the Agenda and Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting dated 18 October 2021, available on our website atwww.portlincoln.sa.gov.au/council/meetings/ordinary-council-meeting. Alternatively you can view the Community Consultation Report and Endorsed Plan over to the right under Key Documents.
Council is proud to release the design concept for upgrades to Whait Reserve developed by E+MQ DESIGN and invited community feedback during the month of September.
The reserve was purchased by Council in 1948 from the Whait family in order to provide a playground to the Lincoln Gardens community. Although some incremental improvements have been made at Whait Reserve over the past 10 years, the reserve is identified in the Draft Open Space Strategy 2021 – 2026 as a priority for reserve planning with a view to enhancing the playground amenity to at least 'neighbourhood level', similar to Wellington Square.
The design concept shows two phases of works.It is hoped that phase 1 improvements will be delivered this financial year, if Council can securing matching funding from the state government's Open Spaces and Places for People Grants program, which would provide for total funds of $650,000.
Council has allocated $125,000 in its 2021/2022 Annual Business Plan and Budget for the reserve infrastructure (such as toilets) and up to another $200,000 for footpaths (in the park and linking in to the reserve) and is hoping to leverage this $325,000 to secure matching State Government funding.
Once the hard infrastructure has been built, Council will work closely with the local community and schools over the coming years to deliver smaller elements of the reserve improvements, such as tree plantings, art and mural projects as well as minor equipment installations.
Phase 1 proposed improvements:
- Accessible public toilets
- Timber boardwalk path
- Nature / Adventure Play area
- Internal accessible footpaths
- Security lighting (solar)
- New northern boundary fence
Phase 2 proposed improvements:
- Shade structures over existing play equipment
- Informal 'mini oval' with footy and soccer goals
- Raised platform seating
- Relocation and refurbishment of historic entry arch
- Compacted rubble walking trail
- Community murals along fence lines
- New fence (western and southern boundaries)
- Various plantings, landscaping and ground covers
- Covered BBQ and seating
- Additional Security lighting (solar).
If Council isn't successful in securing funding, we will still be able to deliver part of the project, specifically a toilet, security lighting and footpaths.
Click the link to view the Whait Reserve Concept Plan or refer to the Key Documents section on the right of screen.
Hard copies of the Whait Reserve Concept Plan were made available at the Council Administration Office and Port Lincoln Library from Thursday 2 September 2021 to 5pm on Thursday, September 23, 2021.