City’s plans for the future

OPPORTUNITIES: Mount Gambier City Council general manager for City Growth Tim Coote and Mayor Lynette Martin discuss the new partnership priorities and advocacy document.

Charlotte Varcoe

DEVELOPMENT of Mount Gambier’s Crater Lakes, a cross border commissioner and extension of the rail trail are all aspiring projects highlighted in a City Council document recently endorsed by elected members.

The council’s partnership priorities and advocacy document will provide information for future investors and government.

The document – which was endorsed by elected members at the December council meeting- will coincide with the council’s strategic plan.

It showcases a potential “partnership opportunity” for the Crater Lakes Activation Plan with the indicative cost at $2m.

The document states council is “actively pursuing the opportunity with public and private partners to explore the development” of accommodation options and experiences at the area.

Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said the document will always change as initiatives are achieved which would then allow new ones to be proposed.

“This is the first year in my term that we have done a document like this and it is something I have not been made aware of prior to my time here,” Ms Martin said.

Ms Martin said councillors developed these ideas through a number of workshops with elected members which initially began in October last year.

“This document will inform the government and other investors of what the council sees that it needs for the future economic and social sustainability,” she said.

General manager of City Growth Tim Coote said the document also demonstrated council as a “credible partner” and staff hoped to partner with government in achieving the outcomes for the community.

“We are continuing to engage to update the document as new things come into focus with the work that has been done,” Mr Coote said.

“The document would put into focus a number of streams of both council works and council support as to what remains important to the community.”