Members Update March 2018
The Save Chaddy Bowls Committee have decided it is appropriate to hold an open meeting for our members – to update and to provide you the opportunity to ask questions and suggest feedback.
As the local community has supported the Club so wonderfully we’re extending the invitation to them, via a letterbox drop, to also attend the meeting.
The meeting will be held at the Chadstone Bowls Club on
THURSDAY 22 MARCH 7– 8 pm.
The State of Play
On 21 November 2016 Councillors considered a confidential report seeking approval to:
- Recommend a site for a new four-court indoor stadium within Stonnington to be used primarily for netball and basketball: and
- To seek endorsement to undertake a detailed feasibility study into the construction, management and operation of the stadium on the proposed site.
- Chadstone Bowls Club did not fit the criteria Council had used to select a site but unbelievably was “endorsed as the preferred site”.
Documents from the 5 December 2016 Council meeting stated:
“the next stage of the Stonnington Indoor Stadium project is to undertake a feasibility study on the proposal to construct a new indoor stadium on the site currently occupied by the Chadstone Bowls Club. The purpose of the feasibility will be to recommend to Council to either implement, amend, postpone, stage or abandon the proposal.”
To assist Councillors in their decision “Key elements of the feasibility study (would) include: Preparation of a detailed concept plan, construction cost plan and identification of any funding options”
- Council has since admitted it did not include these “key elements” in the feasibility study.
- They have voted to proceed with something despite not knowing what it looks like, and more importantly no knowledge of how much it may cost immediately or in the future.
- Council did not deliver on their own resolution but has instead completely ignored “key elements” of whether the project was actually “feasible” on the “endorsed site”.
Instead, at the 31 October 2017 Council Meeting the following resolution was passed:
- Note the contents of the Stonnington Indoor Sports Stadium Feasibility Study.
- Confirm Percy Treyvaud Memorial Park as the location of a new multipurpose sport and recreation facility to host:
o Four Indoor Sports Courts;
o Chadstone Bowls Club;
o Chadstone Tennis Club;
o Chadstone Recreation and Civic Club; and summer and winter season users of the sportsgrounds including Chadstone Lacrosse Club.
- Consults with Chadstone Bowls Club and its members to discuss their facility preferences, and confirm their preferred option and bowling capacity to accommodate its program of events and activities.
- Develop a Project Management Plan to initiate a Master Plan for Percy Treyvaud Memorial Park.
- Provide regular community updates on the development of a master plan and the opportunities for community input to that process.
We thought the Feasibility Study was a sham and have been proven right. A feasibility study by its very definition is to decide if something is capable of being done – in this case, was it viable, realistic or practical to build an indoor stadium on the Bowls Club site?
Council’s actions show it is not viable as they have decided to include the whole of Percy Treyvaud Memorial Park in a Master Plan. There is no way the site can accommodate/host all the users mentioned and their needs without encroaching on public open space.
Furthermore what started out as a projected cost of $22.5 million (Council attachment 21 November 2016) skyrocketed to $36.4 million (30 October 2017) and who knows how much this bigger and more extensive “Master Plan” will cost. Estimations are expected to exceed $50 million.
At the end of February 2018, Council sent out an “invitation” to local residents to become members of Council’s “Stakeholder Group’, although “preference will be given to residents who are not members of the community and sporting organisations represented on the Stakeholder Group”.
If you want to apply, you will need to fill out an application form so the “selection panel” (of whom two out of the three were the most vocal advocates for the stadium) can consider your application. “Applicants may be requested to provide referees”! The selection committee will “determine whether interviews will be conducted if you meet the criteria”! You will also need “to sign a Code of Conduct” before you will be appointed!
First it was the “Farceability Study” now we have the “Shamholders Group”!
So where to from here?
No doubt you all have many questions.
You want to know what this means for the Chadstone Bowls Club and if you are a local resident what this means for you.
Many of you would have received the recent leaflet from Buxton’s Real Estate inviting you to have your properties valued and perhaps make a decision regarding your properties before the stadium is built.
Come along on Thursday 22 March for an update and participate in a discussion about how this affects you.