Current Status 

  •  ✅ Preliminary Community engagement undertaken 
  •  Concept plan  for the Lower Chittering Community Space completed
  • Reference Group  members elected.  First meeting held 11 October 2021
  •   Architect to be appointed -Site Architectural Studio

Project Management Team:  

  • Community Development Officer (Project Manager)
  • Principal Building Surveyor

Background

In 2020, the Community Development Team conducted a Community Development Review, as well as a Sport and Recreation Survey. The results of these consultations, combined with conversations in our community, showed a need for community connectivity and recreation facilities, in the Lower Chittering area. 

The only current community/recreation facility in Lower Chittering, the Lower Chittering Hall, located at 23 Chittering Valley Road, is reaching its end of life (2035) and is reaching the end of its “useful life”.  To facilitate the changing activities of the Lower Chittering community, it needs to either be developed or replaced.

Previously, in preparation for the expiration of the useful life of current Lower Chittering Hall facility, a report was produced by the Shire’s Principal Building Surveyor, through consultation with industry specialists, to ascertain the future development potential of current Lower Chittering Hall to meet the communities growing and changing needs.

The report outcome confirms that the building was, and remains approved for use in it’s current state, meeting compliance at the time of each previous upgrade.  However, upgrades to meet future needs of the community would result in the requirement to make the building compliant to a current standard.  This would include upgrades to waste management systems, and due to hall’s location in such close proximity to a water source (the Marbling Brook), there is insufficient space on site to place the a system which will meet requirements. 

As a consequence of this, and other restrictions detailed in the report, further development of the site is not possible, and a replacement facility on an alternative site will be required to meet the community’s needs. 

As a result of the consultations and report, staff held further consultations with the community in 2020/2021 through Council’s Community Advisory Forums, and Master Planning in Lower Chittering.  The result of this is the aspirational plan endorsed by council at the June 2021 OCM.  The plan outlines ideas for the Reserve area behind the fire station, previously identified as the preferred recreational and connectivity space for the Lower Chittering community. 

Where are we now?

Reference Group

At the Ordinary meeting of Council on 21 July 2021, Council endorsed the creation of a Reference Group to provide feedback and input in to a plan for the replacement of the Lower Chittering Hall.  The group members include current users of the existing facility, local community members, and council representatives.

The group held its first meeting on 11 October 2021, and  requested feedback from the community on their needs through a poll on the Lower Chittering Chatters Community Facebook Group, which closed on 31 October. 

The results of this poll, and the comments associated, have been forwarded to the Reference Group and will be used to inform them of any inclusions not already considered as part of this project, and to determine the importance to the community of those that have been discussed.

The group will meet again soon to further develop a plan for a new facility on the reserve adjacent to the Lower Chittering Fire Station, which has been identified as a suitable location for a new facility for Lower Chittering.

Architectural Services

An Request for Quote for Architectural Services was advertised in November, and closed on 22 October 2021.  Council received 7 submissions.

Site Architectural Studio were selected as the successful applicant, and will meet with the Reference Group to further discuss the communities ideas for the new facility.

The Reference Group and Site Architecture will work together over the next few months to develop a project ready architectural and master plan to be presented to Council.

Reports and Consultation Results

Chittering Hall Redevelopment Report

Lower Chittering Chatters - Reference Group Poll 

Community Development 2020/21

Community Development Review

Sport and Recreation Survey Results.

Lower Chittering Aspirational Plan Results

Lower Chittering Community Space Aspirational Plan