Penguin Recreation Ground Master Planning Project, 2016

Central Coast Council, TAS


What the project was about

With the development of the new Dial Regional Sports Complex, and the existing users of the Penguin Recreation Ground being relocated to the new facility, a need to develop a new vision and master plan for the Penguin Recreation Ground was identified. The site has great value given its proximity to the town centre and the strong visitor interest in the Penguin township. The process would determine the most appropriate use for the Penguin Recreation Ground and guide future development.

What we needed to do

Engagement Plus assisted the Central Coast Council in identifying the best use for the old recreation ground site through a comprehensive community engagement program involving a place-making approach. Community participation in the Master Planning process was vital to the success of the project and Council was keen to see strong participation by the community in developing the vision and future uses of the Penguin Recreation Ground.  

Some preliminary consultation commenced in August 2015 and included forums and a postcard campaign which gathered information from the local community on what they thought would be the best use for the site. Engagement Plus considered the social and economic profile for the area and existing strategies and plans relevant to the Penguin township and the Central Coast region, to complement the community engagement undertaken.

Several strategies were used to gain community participation, input on ideas for the development of the site and to obtain feedback throughout each stage of the development of the Master Plan. Such engagement activities included a postcard campaign, the establishment of a ‘Think Tank’ to guide the process, Rapid Appraisal Site Tours, fact sheets, family fun days, feedback forms and surveys, static displays, online engagement and targeted workshops and interviews.

What was achieved

After comprehensive community engagement an exciting Master Plan for the site was developed and endorsed by Council. The innovative Master Plan incorporates civic and community facilities, retail and recreation spaces, architect designed open space and way-finding, improved streetscapes and accessibility as well as a residential housing component to assist in funding the development of the public infrastructure components.

 

DIAL Regional Sports Complex, 2016

Central Coast Council, TAS

 

What the project was about

The Dial Regional Sports Complex Development Project commenced in early 2015, in Penguin on the North West Coast of Tasmania. The project included the relocation of local sporting clubs into a new purpose-built facility which included two AFL sized football fields and associated facilities and infrastructure.The purpose of the project was to design a facility that would increase the standards available for these sporting codes and their spectators, continue to meet the needs of the existing users of the Dial Regional Sports Complex, provide opportunities for many other potential sport, recreation and community users and ensure that the facility meets the growing needs of the area.  Paralleling with this project was the masterplanning for the existing football and cricket site, the Penguin Recreation Ground.

Engagement Plus developed and implemented a Community Engagement Plan so that stakeholders could have input into the design of the Complex.  The challenge was convincing the Penguin community that the Council was serious about moving forward with the project as it had sat as an ‘idea’ for over 15 years.

What we needed to do

Council worked with ARTAS (the architect firm) and Engagement Plus to prepare the Preliminary Designs for the project. Comprehensive engagement with key stakeholders and the wider community was an important part of the project.

The engagement process was designed to ensure that all future opportunities for the Dial Regional Sports Complex and Penguin Recreation Ground were considered and that both facilities incorporate the needs for the Central Coast community into the future.

The engagement process included:

  • promoting the Dial Regional Sports Complex project to the wider community so that they could provide feedback on the proposed design
  • increasing interest in sport within Penguin
  • identifying the needs of the Penguin AFL and Cricket Clubs during the transition to the new facility
  • a targeted campaign to understand the potential future uses of the existing Penguin Recreation Ground

Stakeholders included users of Penguin Recreation Ground and Dial Sports Complex, sporting code governing bodies, adjacent land owners, local business, community representatives and groups, potential users, as well as Penguin and Central Coast residents. Many engagement techniques were employed including face to face meetings, surveys, postcard feedback, establishment of a ’Think Tank’ group for co-design approach, online engagement, static displays and interactive workshops.

What was achieved

Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the Central Coast Council approved the final preliminary/concept designs in October 2015.  The Dial Regional Sports Complex Development Master Plan included the design and construction of:

  • Two sports ovals suitable for AFL, cricket, soccer and rugby with supporting lighting, fencing and scoreboard
  • New access road and car parking
  • Shared pavilion facility with function rooms, change rooms, undercover viewing/seating area, meeting spaces, kitchen, office space and kiosk
  • Central community hub of outdoor space for active and recreational use
  • Active spaces, play area with tracks and trails suitable for all members of the public

Engagement Plus also worked with Council to prepare the successful grant applications for federal funding and state funding.  The result of this work resulted in a very engaged community and $7million dollars funding.