City of Wanneroo disbands sporting advisory group

City of Wanneroo disbands sporting advisory group

THE City of Wanneroo has disbanded the North Coast Ward Community Reference and Sporting Group.

The council agreed to disband the group in November based on a recommendation that its terms of reference were no longer applicable.

It noted that there would be ongoing consultation with sporting clubs and community groups in the North Coast Ward in relation to providing facilities.

The group formed in 2015 to advise the City about the short, medium and long term goals of sports in the area and to provide input into the active reserve master plan.

It included 14 sports and community representatives, the mayor, all five ward councillors and the City’s community facilities manager as a non-voting delegate.

However, the November council report said the group had met six times since December 2015 and attendance rates had been 50 per cent or less at five of those meetings.

At the November 2016 meeting, six community members and no elected members attended, and the rate was also 30 per cent at the September 2016 meeting.

“The low participation levels within the reference group have been a source of frustration for the group’s members and administration alike, and have made it very difficult for the group to make any meaningful progress,” the report said.

“The reference group was formed after the consultative processes for the City’s active reserve master plan had been completed.

“(As a result) there has been little in the way of ‘new’ work to put to this group to seek their feedback.

“Administration does not anticipate that this will change in the foreseeable future.”

The report said the next project to be undertaken would be developing a master plan for community level cycling facilities within the ward in 2017-18.

Other projects include starting needs and feasibility studies for the Alkimos Surf Life Saving Club in 2022-23 and for a district library and community centre in 2025-26.

The report said there would be community consultation on each project listed on the Capital Works Program.

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