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									                                MURRAY BRIDGE
                                CULTURAL PRECINCT
                                     PROJECT
                                   ‘TOWN HALL REDEVELOPMENT’




                         Prepared by the Rural City of Murray Bridge 2008

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                                                                             Table of Contents

1.0           Introduction (Executive Summary)                              ................................................................................................. Pg 3.0
2.0           Background & Vision                           ................................................................................................................. Pg 4.0
3.0           Anticipated Works                             ................................................................................................................. Pg 6.0
4.0           Planning, Evidence, Resources & Consultation                                                  ..................................................................          Pg 5.0
5.0           2010 Regional Centre of Culture                               ..................................................................................................          Pg 7.0
6.0           Partners                      ................................................................................................................................. Pg 10
7.0           Market Analysis               ................................................................................................................................. Pg 11.0
8.0           Operational Plan              ................................................................................................................................. Pg 13.0
9.0           Financials                    ................................................................................................................................. Pg 14.0
              - (Prudential Activity Requirements as per section 48 of the Local Government Act)......................                                                                  Pg 14-24
              - Risk Analysis               ................................................................................................................................. Pg 21
10.0          Evaluation                    ................................................................................................................................. Pg 23
11.0          Funding Partner Benefits....................................................................................................................... Pg 23
12.0          Project Contacts              ..................................................................................................................................          Pg 24
13.0          Conclusion ........................................................................................................................................... Pg 25




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1.0 Introduction
                                                                                                                                                            Town Hall (built 1910)
The Rural City of Murray Bridge is undertaking a major
Re-development of the Murray Bridge Town Hall, by                                                                                                           100 years in 2010
transforming the building and surrounding areas into a ‘multi-
purpose cultural precinct for ‘Visual and Performing Arts’. It
will include general community use, exhibitions,
performances, events, and convention areas.             It is
anticipated that even in this harsh economic climate that this
project will stimulate economic return in the Murraylands due
to the immense growth and continued growth in the region.

The Murraylands Growth & Investment Forecast 2009-2011 (refer attachment D-2) indicates that
despite the drought, water restrictions, our National economy bordering on recession,
unstable global economy and threatening climate change, considerable growth is forecast!

Murray Bridge continues to be the benchmark of sustainable growth in comparison to other cities.
Murray Bridge is well positioned to assist in meeting the State’s Strategic Plan and Population
Strategy and has the potential to develop into a key Regional City, potentially as the second most
populated city in South Australia. The Murraylands Regional Profile 2008 also support projected
continued increases in population (refer attachment D-4).

The Murray Bridge ‘Cultural Precinct Project’ Town Hall Redevelopment will deliver to our
community the provision of social, cultural and tourism infrastructure thereby creating an
environment to generate further potential to attract new economic development.                The 2010
Regional Centre of Culture will be a ‘big year’ and will create significant opportunities for thousands
of people to enjoy and develop a range of performing and visual arts, workshops & activities.

                                                                                          The redevelopment is the first stage in what forms
                                                                                          part of a greater overall plan for a major regional
                                                                                          ‘flag ship’ project. The broad objectives are to create
                                                                                          a ‘one stop shop’ within a 1.5 km of the CBD.
                                                                                          Including places of aboriginal significance, historical
                                                                                          river walks, public art spaces and gardens, senior
                                                                                          and youth facilities (national award winning
                                                                                          headspace Youth Centre), access facilities (boat
                                                                                          ramps & moorings), visitor information, Gallery/Town
                                                                                          Hall (visual & performing), Sturt Reserve
                                                                                          (recreational activities) and the new Shopping
                                                                                          Precinct including Council’s new library (refer adjacent
                                                                                          photo for CBD proximity).


We will build on the success of the Gallery to include enhanced programs that extend the reach of
the arts (especially to youth) through developing and maintaining new and existing audiences to
create a sustainable and dynamic local SA visual and performing arts Industry. This will require
extensive up-grading of the Town Hall Complex including surrounding areas i.e cafes & public art.

The Redevelopment will enhance current culturally artistic programs, encourage community
participation, mutual support, social networking within and outside our local community.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge along with our partners & supporters is committed to creating
stronger cohesive communities, through social inclusion initiatives, community participation,
access and cultural diversity. We believe this project will achieve all of these outcomes and more!

The ‘Cultural Precinct Project’ forms part of a major regional ‘flag ship’ project of its time
and type in South Australia.
2.0 Background & Vision of the Project
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The vision is for a ‘Cultural Precinct’ encompassing the Town Hall. The building is an iconic
symbol of the community’s social fabric and is a symbol of the origins of the town itself.

The Town Hall is currently & historically used by many local
community groups and members of the public working together in
a shared space. It was this need that demanded the creation of
the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, now one of the “most
prominent and best exhibiting spaces is South Australia”. The
projected increase in population for Murray Bridge in the near
future is also a determining factor that reveals the need to provide
an all round living experience for residents and visitors including                                                                          Vicki Nottage Sculpture Court
the provision of a Cultural Centre and Precinct. The Town Hall will
be a meeting place (hub) of the City which also forces ultilisation,
economic and social sustainability.

                                     Extensive consultation with the community has already occurred and is
                                     continuing. The community attention and response is a strong indicator of the
                                     perceived ownership issues, especially of the Town Hall culturally historic site.

                                     Another major Council project is currently commenced and is underway within
                                     the ‘Cultural Precinct’. The ‘Murraylands Youth Centre’ (previously the Railway
                                     Station Refreshment Rooms) underpinned by the Youth Action Committee and
                                     Murraylands Youth Sector Network have been key drivers and an integral
                                     partner in the planning, development, implementation and future management of
                                     the building and Youth Centre.

This has included many hours of in-kind work from community groups and significant partnerships
already established for the Youth Centre (located within 200 metres of the Town Hall). This project
is a holistic community response to the needs of youth in our region and includes over 20 partners
including all three tiers of Government and the non-Government Organisation sector. The internal
restoration of the Murray Bridge Railway Station Refreshment Rooms in itself is valued in excess
of $330,000 and includes nine partners, including $1,000,000 injection from headspace for
integrated clinical services for our youth. The operation of the building as a youth centre will
involve around $1 million cash and in-kind and over 20 active partners.

The Murraylands Youth Centre is a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ providing a holistic and collaborative solution
to the needs of our communities’ youth. This 2008 National Local Government Award Winner was
initiated, driven and established by young people for young people. The youth centre will cater for
one third of the population in Murray Bridge and the Murraylands. Attracting thousands of young
people a year, and hundreds per week the centre will engage and empower young people to make
positive changes to their own lives and others in the community.

The area has been the basis for the historical                                                                    Town Hall Complex – Gallery (Sixth Street View)
precinct for some time, however has not had the
financial backup for the ambiance and external
infrastructure requirements to support this proposal.

For many years the Murray Bridge Town Hall has
been the focal point for community gatherings and
civic activities. The Town Hall has deteriorated in
recent years and no longer achieves its full potential
for use or income. This has attracted significant
support from our passionate community. The precinct project includes the upgrade of Sixth Street,
enhancing the cultural heritage of the surrounding buildings. Supporting their thread, cultural and
historical importance!

  Background / History                                                                                                                                                 When


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  First Town Hall Public Meeting conducted to determine interest need & current future                                                                                 November 04
  use of the complex
  A Town Hall Working Party was formed as a result of public meetings                                                                                                  October 05
  Structural Engineers were engaged to complete inspections to provide structural                                                                                      September 05
  integrity
  Town Hall Working Party Plan Implemented including sourcing funding through Arts SA                                                                                  February 06
  for Feasibility, Regional Centre of Culture and the Dept of Trade & Economic
  Development.
  Letters of support sourced from community to assist with grant through Arts SA for                                                                                   August 06
  Feasibility conducted.
  Feasibility Study commenced in consultation with the Town Hall Working Party and                                                                                     April 07
  completed some 11 months later
  Applications for Regional Centre of Culture & Rural Town Development Fund                                                                                            February 08
  submitted.
  Public Community Consultation Sessions                                                                                                                               March 08
  1 Million Dollar - 2010 Regional Centre of Culture Awarded ($750k activities $250k capital)                                                                          May 08
  Plans Updated to incorporate changes post consultation                                                                                                               July 08
  Final report prepared for Council for endorsement                                                                                                                    August 08
  $500,000 Rural Town Fund Awarded through Dept of Trade & Economic Development.                                                                                       September 08
  Grieve Gillett approached to undertake open tender process for the project.                                                                                          September 08
  Design Development                                                                                                                                                   September 08
  Cost Plan for Tender                                                                                                                                                 October 08
  Planning Approval (conditional approval report attached)                                                                                                             December 08
  Contract Documentation & Building Certification                                                                                                                      May 2009


3.0 Anticipated Works
 Lower Ground Floor (meeting & community rooms, change rooms & toilet facilities)
 Ground Floor Upgrade (complex offices & gallery shop)
 Ground Floor Upgrade (auditorium refurbishment, retractable seating)
 Ground Floor Upgrade (Orchestra Pit)
 Ground Floor Upgrade (Kitchen, toilets & storage facilities)
 Upper Level (commercial office, meeting room, lift and small kitchen)
 Facade Upgrade
 Structural Upgrade
 Rear Extension Two Storey Upgrade
 Car Parking & Street scaping
 Project Management Fees $198,000
 Provision for computers, network & office furniture
 Total (ex GST)                                                                                                                                                           $3,829,842.65

Total Costs
Tender Costs                                                                                                                                                                   $
Total Tender submission - net                                                                                                                                              3,559,842.65
   Plus Lift costs                                                                                                                                                           270,000.00

Total Construction Sum                                                                                                                                                     3,829,842.65

Additional Project Costs
ETSA Transformer                                                                                                                                                               150,000.00
Construction Contingency                                                                                                                                                       300,000.00
Total Additional Project Costs                                                                                                                                                 450,000.00

TOTAL PROJECT COST (Exc GST)                                                                                                                                               4,279,842.65


This project must be complete by mid 2010 to enable planned Regional Centre of Culture events to
occur at the complex and in time to celebrate the Halls 100 year anniversary.




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4.0 Planning, Evidence, Resources and Consultation
The Council has undertaken many consultative sessions with its community regarding these iconic
symbols and their future. It is the strong desire of the community that these two buildings be
preserved and that their precincts are designed with staged infrastructure works undertaken to
complete their profile.

To enable us to ‘move forward’ the Council sourced funding from Arts SA to assist in undertaking
an extensive FEASIBILITY STUDY for the Town Hall (refer attachment C-5) to research conceptual,
design, business plans and community consultation. The cost of such a survey including traffic
was $60,800.

For nearly a century the Town Hall & Railway Station Refreshment Rooms have been imposing
landmarks, providing an important link with the City's past, and reflecting Murray Bridge's
development as an agricultural centre, riverport and rail transport centre. The Town Hall has long
been a focal point for community gatherings and civic activities, but has declined in importance in
latter years due to the quality of venue/facilities available and no longer achieves its full potential
for use or income.

The scope of the Feasibility Study for the Town Hall was as follows:-

       -      Preparation of drawings of the existing building
       -      Review of the existing building to determine current condition of services, finishes, plant
              and equipment
       -      Review of the current capacity of the building services
       -      Review of the existing building to determine current code compliance. This involved an
              analysis of the building in terms of the Building Code of Australia and appropriate codes
              relevant to the building services.
       -      Community consultation – meeting with individuals, groups and organisations to determine
              appropriate proposed future uses of the building
       -      Determination of desired usage and development scenarios.
       -      Preparation of concept designs that will cater for proposed future uses
       -      Preparation of opinions of probable cost of alterations to the building
       -      Presentation of the proposals to Council

The benefits from the Feasibility Study:-
   - Clear Vision of how the community envisages the Town Hall will be developed.
   - Study identified targeted needs of the local community and beyond.
   - Identification of all potential uses including commercial use opportunities.
   - Study identified further economic viability and sustainability opportunities.

The Town Hall Committee has undertaken many scoping studies of other regional Town Halls to
ensure that best practice infrastructure, property management and community outcomes are
achieved. The Committee has engaged discussions with many varied industry experts to ensure
that the most relevant and key information is disseminated to this Committee in order to make
informed decisions.

Council has also engaged consultants to provide wide ranging scoping studies that have paved the
way for forward planning and vision for these areas and how they interact with the wider town and
region objectives. These plans comprise of;

Murray Bridge Urban Growth Study (refer attachment D-2) identifying the very real growth prediction that
Murray Bridge and its region will experience between now and toward 2020. The population is
demonstrated to be in the order of 30,000 by the year 2020 from the current 18,000 persons. The
Plan has also pre-planned for hard and soft accompanying infrastructure requirements to sustain
these types of growth factors.



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        Waterfront Precinct Concept Plan – the greater lands that the Railway Refreshment Rooms is
        located within is owned by the State Government. Council worked with the State Government for
        five years in order to realise the highest and best usage of this land. The Waterfront Precinct
        Concept Study provides the basis for an ‘Expression of Interest’ document enabling the Land
        Management Corporation to seek development interest in the area resulting in high end tourist
        accommodation objectives. Our expectations are that the development of this parcel of land will
        commence in the near term, with concept designs having already been agreed by the parties.
        Synchronization of the ‘cultural precinct project’ and the Railway Lands will provide a seamless
        integration of the entire area and enhance both significantly.

        Building Condition Assessments and Structural Engineers Reports - Council has undertaken in-
        depth condition assessments and structural reports on both iconic buildings within the past 12
        months to ensure that any future planning for these buildings are sustainable and relevant to the
        ability of the buildings.

        Council also already injected significant funding into the establishment of the Murray Bridge
        Regional Gallery and the ongoing resources required to operate the Gallery. Council employs a
        part-time co-ordinator, Gallery Director for 5 days per week and an Arts Officer partly funded by
        Country Arts SA and The Rural City of Murray Bridge. Council is committed to the development of
        arts and culture in the area.
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        Council also funds the entire running costs associated with the day to day operations of the
        Regional Gallery and the Town Hall complex including maintenance and upgrades.

        The ‘Cultural Precinct Project’ once complete will be continually funded through already
        established collaborative partnerships including community groups/organisations, businesses,
        State Government agencies and Council. Council will continue to maintain the building, and plans
        to employ a Town Hall Manager who will oversee the continual growth and effective management
        of the buildings to a best practice self sustaining level.

        The Town Hall also offers a range of available space which could be utilised for commercial &
        tourism activities. This will provide further future financial sustainability to the proposal on a
        commercial level.

        5.0 2010 Regional Centre of Culture
        The 2010 Regional Centre of Culture has the capacity to ignite and excite all people in Murray
        Bridge and the wider community. This will be an expansive and creative horizon far beyond any
        boundary achieved so far in our community.

        The River is the heart of Murray Bridge. It is the artery that links the past with our future. It is a
        sanctuary and a wellspring which replenishes life itself, indeed the river is a metaphor for art and
        creativity. It is abundant, generous, refreshing, deep and ever changing. I suspect like art, the river
        has a memory as well.

        The City is already building strong foundations of community with a consensus approach that
        underpins connections between all groups of the Murray Bridge and the Murraylands community.

        The Future

        Artistic pursuits including the message of the Ngarrindjerri heritage, a growing refugee population
        and the voice of the youth will create a potent art and craft culture. This will give the Murraylands a
        significant role in developing new partnerships within its own communities for 2010. Within the
        wider community there are quality artists in many genres who are potential leaders and mentors.
        These groups will be involved in programs to give practical and artistic advice.




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Art/Craft/Skills Development

•       The art community and the community as a whole would benefit from national and
        international visiting artists to share their expertise, concepts and skills.

•       Workshops, seminars and demonstrations will promote and conserve Multicultural crafts so as
        to reinvigorate the culture of the RCMB community.

•       The reintroduction of cultural crafts to the younger generation will have positive influences of
        engagement and a new found interest in RCMB’s rich cultural heritage.

•       Craft skills and concepts will be transferred cross culturally in workshops leading to exhibitions
        and performances.

•       Central to art is the commercial expertise required to organise, administer and promote art as
        a business. Workshops and conferences are a necessary learning tool i.e how to source
        funds, copyright, marketing, advertising, budgeting and project management. It is anticipated
        that a variety of courses will be offered in the arts precinct for established or emerging artists.
        Conferences such as the National Regional Arts Australia Conference, a National Art and
        Craft Conference would be a powerful contributor to training local artists.




Theatre and Dance

The Rural City of Murray Bridge and the surrounding community have a successful history of
performing plays as local productions. Invariably these have been successful in attracting a large
audience. The theatrical community have expressed that there is a necessity to develop writing,
directing, performing and technical skills. Choreography is a similar requirement in theatre as well
as dance. There is a great need to develop a new audience by developing original ideas and
looking further than just Murray Bridge to expose companies to a wider audience. This will bring
life back to both adult and youth theatre groups in the community and promote the community on a
State and National level.

Town Hall, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery and Public Art



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The redevelopment of the Town Hall complex containing the Regional Gallery will have a major
impact on the future of art in Murray Bridge. It will be the arts hub for the city and will be a major
development in its own right. Central to this development will be the importance of public art within
the precinct as well as the city generally. There is wide acceptance in the community of the
importance of decorating this centre so as to add vibrancy, colour and content mirroring the cities
cultural complexity and a forward thinking population.

Festivals and Performances

A series of festivals and theatre performances that encompass a medley of themes will be an
exciting development in the artistic life of the community. Established festivals in Murray Bridge
such as the Cultural Festival and NAIDOC week can be renewed by introducing elements of
visiting artists and performances from major events such as Womad, Blues and Roots Festival,
Bangarra, Adelaide Fringe and the Big Day Out.

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

The Murray Bridge Regional Gallery encourages and fully supports
the 2010 Regional Centre of Culture.

The development of the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery has seen
an increased awareness of the arts and cultural activity in Murray
Bridge. The Regional Gallery has become a community space that
exposes our public to contemporary arts as well as embracing the
traditional Arts and Crafts of our region.

We see opportunities to build new relationships within our community and to enhance those that
exist by offering a series of workshops to bring new skills to our area. As we are a multicultural
community there are many that we can build bridges and transfer skills via workshops that will
culminate in exhibitions and/or performances.

Many artists have expressed interest in conducting workshops that will result in exhibitions and
enhance skills development. With the planned development of the Murray Bridge Town Hall it is
foreseeable that public art will create a lasting legacy that will remain in the community.

                                                Through workshops we would like to encourage childhood and youth
                                                development and would examine ways of engaging young members of our
                                                community by sourcing suitable programs in the form of music, arts,
                                                performance, and also culinary skills.

                      Our Indigenous population would benefit from programs that will enhance
                      their creative and storytelling skills and build bridges within our culturally
diverse community. The Gallery will offer support in its programming and with its networks to fully
support workshops, exhibitions and the development of skills and the permanency of public
artworks.

The Regional Centre of Culture will leave a blueprint of creativity in many forms.

•       A lasting legacy of Public Art will be established.

•       A major skills audit will be achieved by developing arts and craft skills across all cultures and
        ages within the community.

•       Information will empower groups to access resources i.e. funding, instilling confidence to
        achieve their project outcomes and objectives.




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6.0 Partners
                                                                    Partner 1: Department of Trade & Economic Development

                                   Skate Park                       The Office of Regional Affairs through the Department of Trade
                                                                    and Economic Development awarded the $500,000 Rural
                                                                    Town Development Fund to the Rural City of Murray Bridge
                                                                    this year (2008). This fund was established to help develop
                                                                    community infrastructure in SA regional centres.

                                                                    This cash contribution will be injected directly into the capital
                                                                    cost of the Town Hall Redevelopment.

The Department of Trade and Economic Development has administered $2 million in grants over
four years to help councils, businesses and communities initiate ‘iconic’ projects that enhance the
social and economic fabric of local communities.

Projects that will build on the visual appeal of townships and help to improve the experience of
locals and tourists. Local Regional Project that engender pride in the communities and improve the
‘liveability’ of regional centres. The first grant was awarded in 2006 to Port Augusta to develop a
cultural precinct in the heart of the city.

Partner 2: Arts SA
In the lead up to the 2006 election, the Rann Government outlined its vision of bringing more arts
and cultural experiences to regional communities through the ‘Regional Centre of Culture
Program’. This major year-long arts initiative has taken its inspiration from international models
such as the European Capital of Culture.

The Government allocated a total of $2 million dollars to fund two regional centre, in 2008 and
2010. Murray Bridge was awarded $1,000,000 in May of 2008 to host a year-long program of arts
activities.

Led by Arts SA, the program supports new investments in capital infrastructure and increased
access to the arts for South Australians of all ages and showcases the work of local artists and
organisations. It aims to leave a lasting legacy through capital development works, public art and
a greater appreciation of the role arts and culture can play in building and sustaining local
communities.

Twelve regional centres submitted applications with 4 being short listed for the 2010 Regional
Centre of Culture. Arts SA headed up an independent panel of people with broad arts and regional
knowledge who were given the task of assessing each application and short listing the potential
centres who presented their case in a live presentation and visit from the panel. Murray Bridge
was the lucky candidate and received:-

       •      750,000 for arts & cultural events, programs & activities for the 2010 Regional Centre of
              Culture.
       •      $250,000 towards the capital cost of the Town Hall Redevelopment
       •      $10,000 Cultural Facilities Grant to assist with the Town Hall Redevelopment Feasibility
              Study.

Partner 3: Country Arts SA

Country Arts SA is a major partner with the Rural City of Murray Bridge in the delivery of the
Murray Town Hall Redevelopment and the 2010 Regional Centre of Culture. Country Arts SA will
be the lead agency during the 2010 Regional Centre of Culture which will donate many resources,
expertise and in-kind hours.




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Country Arts SA has formed a long and productive relationship with the Community and Council of
Murray Bridge. This relationship includes the establishment and ongoing support of the Murray
Bridge Regional Gallery which has a firm reputation as a leading regional venue for visual Arts and
plays host to a range of visiting exhibitions coordinated by Country Arts SA. Further, Country Arts
and the Rural City of Murray Bridge have a partnership arrangement in the employment of an Arts
and Cultural Community Development Officer.

Partner 4: Local Business

The Rural City of Murray Bridge has established a sound sponsor & partner over several years
with a particular local business that prefers to remain low key. This business in the past has
donated towards the Skate Park Project, Youth Music Program, Murraylands headspace Youth
Centre, Grand Piano and lastly $25,000 towards the redevelopment of the Town Hall.

Partner 5: Local Community Groups

Regular user groups include the Murray Bridge High School, Unity College, Murray Bridge Players
and Singers, Murray Bridge Players Youth Group, a number of the local primary schools, the
Murray Bridge Orchid Club, Murray Bridge Dance Committee, Art & Craft Collective, Regional Art
Society, Lions Club, University of the 3rd Age, Historical Society, Murray Bridge Regional Art
Gallery, Combined Rotary Clubs & the Town Hall Management Working Party.

Many of our community partners & volunteers together have contributed thousands of hours of in-
kind labour which will continue to in future. Examples are:-

       •      In-kind labour to install the kitchen
       •      Equipment grants for appliances for the kitchen
       •      200 hours in one instance to gently rub (toothbrush) the length of the Town Hall stone wall
              in preparation for re-pointing
       •      Exhibition Hanging
       •      Gallery supervision & sitting
       •      Gallery Shop
       •      Painting & Decorating
       •      Cleaning
       •      Maintenance
       •      Donations
       •      Event Management, supervision and assistance.
       •      Building stage props
       •      Cyclorama
       •      Piano cover, embroidered quilt + piano platform/trolley.
       •      Installing new floor in Sculpture Court and Gallery entrance.
       •      Meetings
       •      Supervising (running & programming activities)


7.0 Market Analysis
                                                                                                                    The Rural City of Murray Bridge is
                                                                                                                    situated on traditional Ngarrindjeri land;
                                                                                                                    the Council area offers an ideal location
                                                                                                                    for urban, rural and industrial growth and
                                                                                                                    prosperity. True to Council’s vision, the
                                                                                                                    Council area provides a ‘Bridge to
                                                                                                                    Opportunity’.




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Murray Bridge is strategically positioned due to the connectivity to Adelaide and according to the
Urban Growth Plan is expecting to double its population over the next 20 years (QED 2007).

The Urban Growth Plan (refer attachment D-2) was developed following extensive investigation, analysis
and consultation and serves to:-
-   Position and market Murray Bridge and the Murraylands Region;
-   Allow Council, government and the private sector to set the vision and adopt a proactive
    approach;

-       Respond to forecast economic and population growth over the next 20 years; and
-       Plan for housing, employment, infrastructure, civic and community services and facilities.

Murray Bridge continues to be the benchmark of sustainable growth in a range of key performance
areas (even in these tough economic times) when compared to other cities in Australia. Murray
Bridge has the potential to develop into a key Regional City, potentially as the second most
populated city in South Australia, with a population of up to 100,000 people with state of the art
services, infrastructure and environmental planning. Other publications including the Murraylands
Regional Profile 2008 also support projected continued increases in population.

The Murraylands Growth & Investment Forecast 2009 to 2011 (MRDB, Clifford 2008 refer attachment
D-16)indicates that despite the drought, water restrictions, our National economy bordering
on recession, unfavourable global economy and the threat of climate change, considerable
growth is forecast! Given the scenario of three average years, Murraylands businesses expect
an increase of 2,831 new positions by the end of 2011. The Rural City of Murray Bridge is set to
benefit most with 2,137 new positions anticipated.

The same report also forecasts investment growth over the same period. In the most likely
scenario, capital investment in the order of $1,132,102,500 is anticipated by the end of 2011. This
sum could be as high as $1,509,872,500 if all projects being planned eventuate but could be as
low as $829,947,500 if only those rated as most likely succeed.

Many large scale developments are planned for Murray Bridge including an 800 hectare
racecourse development which includes 3,500 housing allotments, a $60 million retail precinct
development in the central business district, construction and operation of three new prison
facilities, bulky goods and enterprise developments in addition to other major land divisions.

The 2008 Regional Investment Opportunities Economic Outlook Report 4 (refer attached D-4) highlights
that the total number of building approvals in the Murraylands increased over the period 2001/02 to
2006/07. Total value of approvals also increased over this period from $21 million in 2001/02 to
almost $45 million in 2006/07, an increase of 116 percent.

The Urban Grown plan builds on a range of strategies including the State Strategic Plan (refer
attachment D-2). Whilst this project broadly touches on all six objectives of the State Strategic Plan
including Growing Prosperity, Improving Wellbeing, Attaining Sustainability, Fostering Creativity
and Innovation, Building Communities and Expanding Opportunities the project has strong links
to:-

T1.21                       Strategic Infrastructure
T1.22                       Total Population
T1.24                       Overseas migration
T4.1                        Creative Industries
T4.3                        Cultural engagement – institutions
T4.4                        Cultural engagement – arts activities
T5.6                        Volunteering
T5.8                        Multiculturalism
T5.9                        Regional population levels

The Plan aims to achieve the vision for Murray Bridge

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         •      City of Opportunity;
         •      Clean Green City;
         •      Innovative City;
         •      Multicultural City
         •      Waterwise City


The Murraylands Region encompasses the Local Government Areas (LGA’s) of the Rural City of
Murray Bridge, Mid Murray, Coorong, Southern Mallee and Karoonda East Murray. The region
supports a population of 36,253 persons. Just over half the regions population lives in the Murray
Bridge LGA (18,595 or 51.3%). The major urban centres in the region include Murray Bridge
(14,875 persons at the 2006 Census) Mannum (2,195) and Tailem Bend (1,390).

According to statistics and the 2008 Regional Profile (refer attachment D-17) the Murraylands region has
a higher than State average concentration of younger people aged 0 to 14 years. The Rural City of
Murray Bridge has just under one third (32.7% or 6,001) of its residents who are under 24 years of
age.

Murray Bridge has a significant indigenous population of 4.2% and the Murraylands region as a
whole 3.5% compared to the State average of only 1.7%.

                                                             The Murraylands and Murray Bridge more specifically has a rapidly
                                                             expanding refugee population. The growing Multi-cultural nature of
                                                             our community needs planning for services and infrastructure. The
                                                             Murraylands Regional Profile 2008 indicates that in 2006 there
                                                             were 445 residents of the Murraylands region who had arrived in
                                                             Australia in the previous five years. Many local agencies working to
                                                             support new arrivals suggests this number has grown significantly
                                                             since the latest published figures from 2006.

The above evidence suggests the Rural City of Murray Bridge is and will continue to be a thriving
regional centre despite the current unfavourable conditions. Proximity to Adelaide, availability of
affordable land, a good climate, jobs growth, strong local and regional strategic planning and
significant investment will drive projected population growth and position Murray Bridge as the
premier regional centre in South Australia!

8.0 Operational Plan
It is important that the complex operate 7 days a week with flexible hours to allow for the
community and visitors to participate in a range of events, services and programmes.

During hours of operation paid Council staff, partners and trained volunteers involved will
contribute to the overall operation of the complex as in previous years. However, due to the
foreseen increase in demand in use of the complex, the team will need to develop flexible hours of
work and additional rostering requirements.

       Plan                                                                                                           When
1.     Employment of Complex Manager
       - Develop Job Description and commence recruitment process for new                                             Commencement of 2010 prior to opening
       complex manager
       - Work in collaboration with Murraylands Headspace Youth Centre to                                             Delivery of Youth Programs during 2010 Regional
       build on existing key partnerships in the delivery of sustainable youth                                        Centre of Culture
       friendly programs & services
       - Manager to further develop arts and cultural activities, conferences,                                        Ongoing from commencement of employment
       commercial activities, funding and tourism & marketing opportunities.
       - Multi-skilling of existing gallery staff and new manager to form a flexible                                  Basic system needs to be developed prior to
       team to address a 7 day week roster.                                                                           opening of the complex


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       - Investigate new business opportunities including investigation of a                                          2011
       commercial café within the complex.
       - Assist with project management of the building, including progress                                           As required & as per funding contract
       reporting to funding partners.
2.     Review of General Systems and Procedures
       - Review existing booking policies & procedures                                                                To occur during the building process in 2009
       - IT services to upgrade system to include new facilities                                                      2010 on opening
       - Integrate all current Gallery Systems, staffing and volunteer                                                Ongoing upon opening
       management into one overall management system.
       - In consultation with the Town Hall Management Group investigate,                                             During building in 2009
       establish and review fee structure for new integrated facility.
3.     OH&S Review
       - Venue Safety & Security                                                                                      Further develop existing system in preparation for
                                                                                                                      complex opening early 2010
       - Legislative requirements including liquor licensing, insurances,                                             Review & incorporate changes of integrated system
       delegated authority, auditing, workplace inspections.                                                          from 2010 & beyond.
       - Supervision of Events                                                                                        Risk Assessment to be completed prior to event
       - Review & integration of current community volunteer’s selection,                                             Build on existing volunteer base. 2010 and
       training, development and support.                                                                             ongoing
       - New staffing selection, training, development & support                                                      Upon recruitment of complex manager
       - Risk assessment procedures for services activities and programs.                                             Assessment upon commencement of programs
       - Operational Policies and Guidelines                                                                          Continuous improvement, review and evaluation.
                                                                                                                      Develop 2009

The 2010 Regional Centre of Culture will be the marketing stimulus to ignite the building and
surrounding areas into a ‘multi-purpose cultural precinct for ‘Visual and Performing Arts’

A significant injection of grant funding will be required in the initial stage of the project. This
business plan indicates that the complex can be self sustaining in time but needs ‘seed’ funding to
develop. Failing to secure funding will impact initially on the 2010 Regional Centre of Culture as
the Town Hall will be the central hub (meeting place) for events. It is important that the complex is
operational to allow for this year long program of performing and visual arts.

9.0 Financials
Prudential Activity Requirements as per Section 48 of the Local Government Act

Section 48 of the Local Government Act requires Council to address the prudential requirements
for certain major activities when it engages in a commercial project of a significant nature. This will
occur where the expectant or capital expenditure of the project exceeds an amount set by Council
or where the project expenditure over the ensuing five years is likely to exceed 20% of Council’s
average annual operating expenses or the expected capital cost of the project is likely to exceed
$4 million. Please note the actual building price of the development does not exceed $4 million
dollars, however with all associated costs of contract administration, tender fees, contingencies,
and ETSA charges will drive the total cost over this figure.

9.1 Relationship between the Project and Relevant Strategic Management Plan

This project is clearly articulated and is outlined in Council’s Strategic Management Plan 2005-
2010. The Town Hall Redevelopment Project has been on notice within the Community for many
years through a diverse range of mediums i.e radio, newspaper, electronic data, media release,
physical display, public meetings, working party meetings and one on one communication.

The Strategic Plan currently states that Council’s purpose is “to meet peoples’ needs in local
communities by providing services and facilities that they value”. The Strategic Plan also identifies
the Town Hall as a specific valued community asset. The plan also aims to “develop opportunities
for people”. The Town Hall Redevelopment Project is a critical component in delivering on the
outcomes of these aspects of the Strategic Plan.


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The Urban Growth Plan was developed following extensive investigation, analysis and consultation
and serves to:-

                                                                                Position and market Murray Bridge and the Murraylands
                                                                                Region;
                                                                                Allow Council, Government and the private sector to set
                                                                                the vision and adopt a proactive approach;
                                                                                Respond to forecast economic and population growth
                                                                                over the next 20 years; and
                                                                                Plan for housing, employment, infrastructure, civic and
                                                                                community services including Arts & Cultural facilities.

                                          The Urban Growth plan builds on a range of strategies
including the State Strategic Plan. Whilst this project broadly touches on all six objectives of the
State Strategic Plan including Growing Prosperity, Improving Wellbeing, Attaining Sustainability,
Fostering Creativity and Innovation, Building Communities and Expanding Opportunities the project
has strong links to:-

       •      Strategic Infrastructure
       •      Total Population
       •      Overseas Migration
       •      Creative Industries
       •      Cultural Engagement – institutions
       •      Cultural Engagement – arts activities
       •      Volunteering
       •      Multiculturalism
       •      Regional population levels


9.2 Expectant Contribution of the Project to the Economic Development of the local area, the
impact the Project may have on business carried out in the proximity, and if appropriate, how the
Project should be established in a way that there is fair competition in the market place.

The project will lead to economic development and employment in the area achieving the key
outcomes of the Strategic Management Plan. It is likely that this stage of the project will have a
positive impact on surrounding businesses through increased tourism and visitation providing
further opportunities for additional retail output in the area.

Further utilising the (REM Plan) software, it is projected that the future redevelopment of the Town
Hall will, using current data, see the creation of 5 new fulltime equivalent positions within the
hospitality industry and 15 new fulltime equivalents within Cultural Recreational Services.

The REM Plan analysis predicts the creation of 20 positions translating to $5.1 million in increased
regional output, based on an economic multiplier of 2.154.

A flow on effect of occupancy of the building will see the employment of a Town Hall manager who
will further develop arts and cultural activities, conferences, commercial activities and tourism
marketing opportunities.

Ideas of opening a small café at the Town Hall may be a future stage of the project. Should this
idea come to fruition a business case will be presented to Council, which will include impact
analysis on existing business’s. Otherwise in summary the project will enhance and increase
patronage to business in the area.

Murraylands Growth & Investment Forecast 2009-2011 (MRDB, Clifford 2008) indicates that
despite the drought, water restrictions unfavorable global economy and the threat of climate


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change that considerable growth in Murray Bridge is still forecast. 2831 new positions and
1,132,102,500 capital investment by the end of 2011 (this does not include economic modeling
associated with the Regional Centre of Culture).


9.3 The level of consultation within the Local Community, including contact with persons that may
be affected by the Project and the representations that have been made by them, and the means
by which the Community can influence or contribute to the Project outcomes.

As outlined in many previous reports and investigations, extensive consultation with the community
has already occurred and continues. Community attention and response is a strong indicator of
the perceived ownership issues, especially of the Town Hall culturally historic site.

The Community has been thoroughly consulted on this project through a diverse range of media
since 2003, including radio, newspaper, electronic data, media release, physical display, public
meetings, working party meetings and one on one communication.

The Town Hall is currently used by many local community groups and members of the public, all
working together in a shared space. All groups have been individually notified in writing of the
project scope and pending plans.

User groups of the Town Hall include the Murray Bridge High School, Unity College, Murray Bridge
Players and Singers, Murray Bridge Players Youth Group, a number of the local primary schools,
the Murray Bridge Orchid Club, Murray Bridge Dance Committee, Art & Craft Collective, Regional
Art Society, Historical Society, Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery, Toy Library and combined
Rotary Clubs.

This Town Hall and Cultural Precinct Project has the co-operation of community groups,
professional/business organisations and Local Government to ensure the most efficient use of
available resources.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge formed a Town Hall Working Party to ensure that best practice
infrastructure, property management and community outcomes are achieved. The group
comprises representatives from the Council, community members/stakeholders, business groups,
arts, crafts; local theatre group, community band and Regional Gallery. Each representative has
had the opportunity to input.

Most recently, the Council undertook to consult the community over a two month period which
concluded at the end of May 2008. Over 80 written feedback representations were received with
regard to the draft concept and design plans. Further, two public meetings were conducted with all
results collated, with the outcome of this consultation resulting in changes to the design plans to
meet the needs of our community.

Due to the extensive consultation, occupants (including Council) and casual users have been
aware of this pending development for some years. It is anticipated that Council will assist
occupants in working through possible solutions of relocation.

9.4
- If the Project is intended to produce revenue, projections and financial risks.
- Recurrent and whole of life costing associated with the project including any costs arising out of
the proposed financial arrangements.
- Financial viability of the project and the short and longer term estimated effect of the project on
the financial position of the Council

For many years the Murray Bridge Town Hall has been the focal point for community gatherings
and civic activities. The Town Hall has deteriorated in recent years and no longer achieves its full
potential for use or income. This has attracted significant support from our passionate community.


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                                                                               Council has already injected significant funding into the
                                                                               establishment of the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery and the
                                                                               ongoing resources required to operate the Gallery. Council
                                                                               employs 1 FTE, Gallery Director for 5 days per week. This has
                                                                               established Council’s commitment to the development of arts
                                                                               and culture in the area and establishes the support for the long
                                                                               term viability and sustainability for the development of
                                                                               upgraded Town Hall facility.
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        Council has funded the recurrent maintenance and upgrade costs of the Town Hall Complex for
        many years (currently $132k per annum) and this will continue over the whole of life costing
        associated with the project. It is anticipated that no additional recurrent expenditure need to be
        allocated for the maintenance of the building. In essence Council has funded the recurrent costs
        associated with the Town Hall Complex over numerous years and will continue.

        The ‘Project’ once complete will be continually funded through already established collaborative
        partnerships including community groups/organisations, businesses, Rural Town Development
        Fund and Country Arts SA, future funding opportunities and Council. Council will continue to
        maintain the building and plans to employ a Town Hall Manager who will oversee the continual
        growth and effective management of the buildings to a best practice anticipated self sustaining
        level.

        The Town Hall also offers a 210m2 lettable available space which will be utilised for commercial
        activities. Annual projected income from this space according to local real estate intelligence is
        $21-23k per annum, this will provide further future financial sustainability to the proposal on a
        commercial level.

        In summary, the Town Hall especially has been and is currently the ‘cultural’ hub of the town for
        visual and performing arts. Expanding on this tradition to include the Sixth Street and surrounding
        areas, including capitalising on businesses in the local area and the Railway Station Refreshment
        Rooms will achieve an anticipated self sustaining economic level not seen previously. Already
        growth has been seen in the been development of additional dining facilities and mini gallery space
        within the precinct.

               •      Creation of further jobs
               •      Increased potential retail output in the area
               •      Increasing tourism to the area
               •      Revenue from the 210m2 commercial lettable space @ $21-23k per annum.
               •      An anticipated increase in fees to assist offsetting the initial capital investment and the
                      ongoing sustainability of the project.
               •      $1 million funds with a grant won from Arts SA. $250,000 will be injected into the capital
                      cost of the project and $750,000 to support arts and cultural activities and public art in
                      preparation for the 2010 Regional Centre of Culture which will in effect will put Murray
                      Bridge on the ‘arts & cultural map’, creating many additional visitation and tourism
                      opportunities and economic development. Further, it is anticipated that the Regional
                      Centre of Culture will input up to $800,000 in sponsorships, donations and in-kind during
                      the year long program of events.
               •      $25,000 donation from local business to date.
               •      $500,000 received from the Rural Town Development Fund through the Department of
                      Economic and Regional Development.
               •      Opportunity to leverage further consistent funding for a range of programs and events.
               •      A possible further $3.6 income from the Regional Local Community Infrastructure Program
                      (Strategic Projects). This application was lodged on the 23.12.08 with the Minister for
                      Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. It is not known
                      when successful projects will be announced.




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This project is a viable one even considering the substantial capital investment required by
Council. The estimated impact on Council’s financial position with an initial capital cost of
approximately $4,300,000 vs $5,400,000 (previously reported) in the short term is substantial,
however it is anticipated that the long term ongoing costs to manage the complex will be cost
neutral through ROI in lettable space, user fees, incoming grants and a possible future commercial
café enterprise.

Funding Contingency Plan

Should our $3.6 Million dollar bid for the Federal Strategic Projects fund fail, Council will call upon
funds from surplus land sales (which are not included in Council’s recurrent budget). Please refer
to the funding plan narrative for specific details.

9.5 The most appropriate mechanism or arrangements for carrying out the project.

With the 2010 Regional Centre of Culture looming it is imperative that we commence building as
soon as practicable (as early as 18.05.09).

Council endorsed the immediate engagement of Grieve Gillett as the principal contractor to
commence the detailed tendering process in consultation with Council’s Contract Department. The
tender assessment is now complete (refer tender evaluation report).

Steve Grieve of Grieve Gillett architects has extensive experience which has equipped him with a
broad and detailed knowledge of requirements of a wide range of cliental as well as familiarity with
Urban Design and planning issues. Because much of his work has been in the public realm it
invariably involves issues of community representation consultation and collaboration. Working
with complex groups has enabled him to develop consultative skills that lead to successful
outcomes.

He has specific experience in tailoring listed heritage buildings and sites for arts, cultural and
tourism usage. Heritage projects include our own Murray Bridge Regional Gallery - said to be the
best exhibiting art space is regional SA, the Lions Art Centre in the former D&J Fowler building,
Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Goodman Building and Yarrabee, former Tram Barn and
the Torrens Parade Ground. The buildings required extensive work to fulfill the functional needs
without compromising their historical significance.

As a director of Grieve Gillett, Steve has been responsible for a broad range of projects in Adelaide
and regional SA including Flinders University Housing, Torrens Parade Ground, SA Museum
projects, Botanic Wine Rose Development and education projects including Trinity College.

Grieve Gillett successfully won the tender for the Town Hall Cultural Precinct Feasibility Study in
June 2007 and has worked intensely with the Council, the community and the Town Hall Working
Party to deliver the plans you see before you today.

Due to this history, intricate knowledge of the Town Hall and experience in already developing the
gallery section of the complex holds Grieve Gillett in a healthy position to continue with the re-
development of the Town Hall as the Contract Administrator increasing successful outcomes with
expedience. This path is the most appropriate choice to carry out the project in accordance with
the prudential requirements of section 48 of the Local Government Act.




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Projected Future Revenues & Costs (2010-2012)
                                                                                                                           2010                 2011                2012
               Income                                                                                                  1,942,000              454,200             467,500

               Grants                                                                                                  1,550,000                 50,000             50,000
               2010 Regional Centre of Culture                                                                         1,550,000                      0                  0
               Ongoing Programs & Activities                                                                                   0                 50,000             50,000

               Rural City of Murray Bridge                                                                                 315,000            324,900             335,800
               Operating Costs                                                                                             150,000            153,300             157,300
               Staffing Costs                                                                                              165,000            171,600             178,500

               Country Arts SA                                                                                               35,000              36,400             37,900
               Staffing Costs                                                                                                35,000              36,400             37,900

               Café & Commercial Rent                                                                                        27,000              27,900             28,800
               Café Rental                                                                                                    5,000               5,200              5,400
               Office Rental                                                                                                 22,000              22,700             23,400

               Donations & Sponsorships                                                                                      15,000              15,000             15,000
               Donations                                                                                                      5,000               5,000              5,000
               Sponsorships                                                                                                  10,000              10,000             10,000

               Expenditure                                                                                             1,942,000              454,200             467,500
               Staffing Costs                                                                                            200,000              208,000             216,600
               Gallery Director                                                                                           65,000               67,600              70,400
               Complex Manager                                                                                            65,000               67,600              70,400
               Arts Officer                                                                                               70,000               72,800              75,800

               Operating Costs                                                                                             192,000            196,200             200,900
               Insurance                                                                                                    15,000             15,500              16,000
               Electricity                                                                                                  12,000             12,400              12,800
               Cleaning                                                                                                     15,000             15,500              16,000
               Repairs & Maintenance                                                                                        20,000             20,600              21,300
               Advertising                                                                                                  10,000             10,300              10,700
               Telephone                                                                                                    10,000             10,300              10,700
               Security Costs                                                                                                5,000              5,200               5,400
               Meeting & Function Costs                                                                                     10,000             10,300              10,700
               Printing & Stationery                                                                                        10,000             10,300              10,700
               Sundry Expenses                                                                                              25,000             25,800              26,600
               Financing Costs                                                                                              60,000             60,000              60,000

               Project/Program Delivery                                                                                1,550,000                 50,000             50,000
               Visual & Performing Arts Activities & Events                                                            1,550,000                      0                  0
               Ongoing Cultural Program's & Activities                                                                         0                 50,000             50,000

               Net Surplus/(Deficit)                                              0          0          0
               Assumptions:
               Interest Rate                                                    6%
               Net Borrowing for Re-furbishment                           1,000,000
               Consumer Price Index                                             3%
               Wage Increases                                                   4%
               Notes:
               1. Salaries and Wages estimated to increase by 4% per annum.
               2. Rental Income and Operating Costs estimated to increase by CPI of 3%.
               3. Borrowings allows for $3.61 million Regional & Local Community Infrastructure Grants.
               4. Interest Costs calculated at 6% per annum on $1.0 million.



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Risk Analysis – Murray Bridge Cultural Precinct Project – Town Hall Redevelopment
Project/Activity:                       Cultural Precinct                                            Prepared by:                     Faith Box – Team Leader                                      Date: 12.12.08
                                        Redevelopment of the Town                                                                     Community Services
                                        Hall (Rural City of Murray
                                        Bridge)
Date of review                   :      Upon receipt of requested                                    Reviewed by:                                                                                  Date:
                                        funding approval
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Analysis

Ref          Risk Issue                                                      Existing controls                                        Effectiveness                             Consequence           Likelihood       Risk Rating   Risk Priority
             (what can happen and how)

  1.         Contract Management                                             Contract Management                                      Current contract                                     Major        Unlikely          High            2
                                                                             Procedures of Council                                    procedures &
                                                                             Bank Guarantees obtained                                 monitoring/review
             Building Contractor experiences                                                                                          systems effective
             financial difficulties.                                         Evidence of the contractors
                                                                             internal risk management &
             Workplace & Environment                                         environmental systems and
             incidents.                                                      analysis for the project
2.           Heritage Planning                                               Communication with                                       Fit-out with in                                      Major       Possible         Extreme            1
             Requirements – non receipt of                                   architect and Heritage to                                Heritage guidelines
             planning approval                                               establish limits                                         to ensure approval.

3.           Internal Capabilities to Manage                                 Experience, Council                                      Effective to                                         Minor        Unlikely          Low              3
             Project – lack of internal                                      Support/Commitment                                       continuous
             resources and control                                                                                                    monitoring


                                                                                   Consequence


                                                                                   Likelihood

                                                                                                                    MINOR                 MODERATE                       SIGNIFICANT                MAJOR

                                                                                    Almost Certain                     High                      High                          Extreme              Extreme

                                                                                            Likely                 Moderate                      High                             High              Extreme

                                                                                          Possible                      Low                  Moderate                             High              Extreme

                                                                                          Unlikely                      Low                      Low                          Moderate               High


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Risk Treatment Plan

Project/Activity:                       Cultural Precinct                                            Prepared by:                     Faith Box (Team Leader                                Date: 12.12.08
                                        Redevelopment of the Town                                                                     Community Services)
                                        Hall (Rural City of Murray
                                        Bridge)
Date of review                   :      Upon receipt of requested                                    Reviewed by:                                                                           Date:
                                        funding approval.


Risk                                                         Possible treatment options                                  Preferred Treatment Plan                                 Person responsible   Timeframe   Monitoring
(In priority order from risk register)                                                                                                                                                                             (How will treatment & risk be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   monitored)
Heritage Planning                                            Researched, identified                                      Submit plan and                                          Gloria Booker        Feb 2009    Regular monitoring &
Requirements                                                 possible planning barriers for                              specification for                                        (Manager of                      communication up and until
                                                             the project (completed)                                     endorsement by State                                     Development &                    all approvals are received.
                                                             Regular communication and                                   Heritage.                                                Environmental
                                                             consultation with State                                     Professional direction                                   Services)
                                                             Heritage & Council (approval                                regarding design by a
                                                             in principle received)                                      leading SA Heritage
                                                             Submission of plans and                                     Architect
                                                             specifications to the
                                                             Development Assessment
                                                             Commission for concurrence
Building Contractor                                          Regular onsite meetings &                                                                                                                             Scheduled inspection &
experiences financial                                        inspections with principal                                                                                                                            communication
difficulties.                                                contractor (as per contract                                 Risk treatment plan agreed                               Sharon Pickering     April 09
                                                             agreement).                                                 upon between Contractor                                  (Team Leader Asset
                                                                                                                         and Council.                                             Services)
Workplace accidents                                          Random onsite spot
                                                             inspections.
Internal Capabilities to                                     Regular weekly meetings with                                As per endorsed contract                                 Faith Box (Team      April 09    Scheduled communication
Manage Project – lack of                                     internal staff and principal                                between parties.                                         Leader Community
internal resources and control                               contractor (architect).                                                                                              Services)




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10.0 Evaluation of the Project
The project will be evaluated as per funding conditions to determine if its outcomes were
achieved and/or successful. A qualified consultant will be engaged to assist in the structure of an
evaluation plan and work to with us over the life of the project to collect evaluation data that the
consultant will ultimately work into a report.

As per funding requirements Council will provide details of progress on the project and provide a
final report on the expenditure of Federal Governments funding; and to demonstrate that the
funding has been spent in accordance with the guidelines for the RLCIP (Strategic Projects 08-09)



11.0 Benefits – Funding Partners

The Rural City of Murray Bridge will recognise the support
of Regional & Local Community Infrastructure Program –
Strategic Projects through the following sources and
subject to funding conditions.

We are very happy to discuss further acknowledgments
should you have special conditions or requirements.




       •      Acknowledgements at Official Opening
       •      Invitations to Departmental Representatives to various events scheduled throughout the
              2010 Regional Centre of Culture.
       •      Signage at openings & events
       •      Permanent plaque displayed in the main foyer of the redeveloped Murray Bridge Town Hall.
       •      Recognition though media releases
       •      Electronic Sign – Partner Recognition
       •      Website Acknowledgements
       •      Logo displayed on all promotional materials throughout the year long celebrations
       •      Acknowledged through regular community radio shows (5MU & Power FM)
       •      Local Print Medial (Rural Press, Murray Valley Standard)




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12.0 Project Management Contacts


                                              (1) Faith Box
                                              Team Leader Community Services
                                              Phone: 0885391126
                                              Mobile: 0417839930
                                              Email: f.box@rcmb.sa.gov.au




                                                                                                                   (2) Kym Miller
                                                                                                                   Manager Corporate & Community Services
                                                                                                                   Phone: 08 85391148
                                                                                                                   Mobile: 0407572906
                                                                                                                   Email: k.miller@rcmb.sa.gov.au




   (3) David Altmann - CEO
   Phone: 08 85391102
   Mobile: 0418814833
   Email: d.altmann@rcmb.sa.gov.au


                                                                                      (4) Mayor Allan Arbon
                                                                                      Phone: 08 85391174
                                                                                      Mobile: 0438288121
                                                                                      Email: a.arbon@rcmb.sa.gov.au




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13.0 Conclusion
The Murray Bridge ‘Cultural Precinct Project’ Town Hall Redevelopment is the first stage in what
forms part of a much greater overall project plan for a major regional ‘flag ship’ project for the
Rural City.

The timing is optimal, the project is ready to commence, Council staff and partners are ready to
deliver the project followed by the 2010 Regional
Centre of Culture, our economy is stable and continues
to promise continual steady growth. This is a perfect      Murray Bridge – Multicultural Friendly City
opportunity for the Federal Government to come on
board to assist in the delivery of this major project to a
local regional centre.

All evidence indicates the Rural City of Murray Bridge
is, and will continue to be, a thriving regional centre
despite our country bordering on recession.
Proximity to Adelaide, availability of affordable land, a
good climate, job growth, strong local and regional
strategic planning and significant investment will drive
projected population growth and position Murray Bridge
as the premier regional centre in South Australia!

The project requires ‘once off’ initial capital funds to finance Stage 1 for the fit-out, extension and
restoration of the hall including street scaping and car parking. This will enable support for 2010
Regional Centre of Culture and ongoing local regional social & cultural infrastructure.

The broad objectives of the overall project are to create a ‘one stop shop’ within a 1.5 km of the
CBD. Including places of aboriginal significance, historical river walks, public art spaces and
gardens, senior and youth facilities (the national award winning headspace Youth Centre), access
facilities (boat ramps & moorings), visitor information, Gallery/Town Hall (visual & performing),
Sturt Reserve (recreational activities) and the new Shopping Precinct which includes Council’s new
library.

Reference has been made throughout this document to a vast amount of planning and research
that has already been undertaken. This planning has included a ‘whole of region consideration’ as
well as structural and social issues for the buildings and precincts.

Our view is that this planning has created a solid and sustainable foundation for this project and
that it is imperative to commence the project as soon as possible.

The ‘Cultural Precinct Project’ once complete will be continually funded through already
established collaborative partnerships including community groups/organisations, businesses,
State Government agencies and Council. Our Council will continue to maintain the building, and
plans to employ a Town Hall Manager who will oversee the continual growth and effective
management of the complex to a best practice self sustaining level.

The ‘Cultural Precinct Project’ forms part of a major regional ‘flag ship’ project of its time
and type in regional South Australia. We believe that this project will deliver many benefits
to our community and economy in a threatening recession.



Attachments
Refer list of attachments A, B, C & D



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