Active Reserve Infrastructure Strategy progresses

2 July 2020

Elected Members voted to note the City’s Active Reserve Infrastructure Strategy (ARIS).

The ARIS is a 20 year future plan to provide sustainable, fit for use, quality and inclusive community sporting reserves to create a Healthier Melville for today and tomorrow.

The decision to note rather than adopt the ARIS provides general direction for officers to formulate future project plans which will still be subject to the formal budget process each year.

The ARIS, whether adopted or noted would be adaptable to changing or emerging community issues and regularly reviewed by the community, City and Council to ensure it is still in line with community expectations and needs.

City of Melville Chief Executive Officer Marten Tieleman said it was great to see the City’s extensive engagement in creating our ARIS, with more than 40,000 residents personally emailed to get involved and feedback from local school students, sporting clubs, residents, the City’s Access Advisory Panel and several different State Sporting Associations all incorporated to create the Strategy.

“The City will continue working with Council and the community to further progress the ARIS and have already approved $4.9million for next financial year as part of the $15million stimulus package to progress with projects at a number of active reserves.

“Previously Council approved projects and funding commitments, such as Shirley Strickland Reserve, Webber Reserve and Bert Jeffrey Park for example have been included in the draft Strategy and will proceed as planned.”

The total cost of implementing the draft ARIS is $60,498,938 of which $32,390,000 has already been committed within the Long Term Financial Plan and approved pre-existing Council budgets. Additional funding of $28,108,938, an average of $1.405million per annum is required to implement the Strategy, which could be reduced through grant funding on a project by project basis.

The Council also directed the CEO to undertake strategy reviews at 5 yearly intervals to ensure the information is current and aligned to community needs and priorities of the time.

For more information, to read the ARIS, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/ARIS.

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