The GCS will be undertaking public consultation during a Domain Pavilion Open day to be held on Saturday 17th November from 10 – 2 pm. Feel free to drop in for a chat to find out more and have your say.
Background: During 2016 and 2017 the Geraldine Combined Sports Association (GCS) used the opportunity of a proposed South Canterbury-wide Sport and Recreation Facilities study to conduct a self-review of the facilities currently available to the residents of the Geraldine district.
The original aim was to ensure that Geraldine’s unique voice and views would be properly represented to the District-wide review team. Following a public meeting, more than 40 submissions were received by GCS detailing the current and future needs and wants of clubs, groups, individuals, businesses and schools.
This data was analysed by GCS and discussed in depth at a second community meeting held in May 2017. The overwhelming message from this process was that Geraldine had two key needs;
- A multi-purpose, multi-use community hub that caters for a wide range of community uses, located at the Geraldine Domain
- A multi-purpose all weather artificial surface suitable for a range of sport and recreation activities
Further, the community expressed the strong desire that Geraldine, as a whole, should take ownership and progress the concepts into solid plans itself.
Feasibility Study: From this point GCS engaged with key members of the business and local community to hold frank discussions and ascertain their views about the proposed needs. The response was supportive and it was agreed that the next stage was to commission an independent and robust feasibility study to ascertain the viability of the above identified needs.
GCS formed a Project Liaison Group (PLG) including representatives from GCS, Geraldine Community Board, Go Geraldine, Sport Canterbury and local business representatives. This group privately raised sponsorship from the local community to engage consultancy Global Leisure Group (GLG) to undertake the feasibility study.
The Feasibility Study commenced in December 2017 and completed in September 2018. In brief, the study has found there is support for the two needs identified by GCS as outline above. A number of key recommendations have been made regarding both concepts.