OPINION: Put $40m sports centre plan to public vote

BIG PLANS: Mayor Andrew Lee looks at a draft concept plan for a $40m sports and recreation centre to possibly be built at Olympic Park. Mount Gambier City Council will discuss the plan at a special meeting tonight ahead of a bid for federal funding.

MY question to mayor Andrew Lee was simple enough: “Would you consider a ratepayer poll to decide the issue over the $40m indoor sports centre?”

The question was raised many weeks after City Council gave its support to seek funding from federal and state governments for an indoor sports centre.

This followed the presentation of a petition with 10,008 signatures, albeit from many areas outside Mount Gambier, supporting an indoor centre.

However, the backlash that followed was built on the


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