RAJ REPORT

Does Cairns Regional Council understand what a COMMUNITY FACILITY is =====Community infrastructure or facilities are physical buildings and spaces that are publicly accessible and offer opportunities, programs and services for a range of affordable, locally appropriate, recreational, social, developmental and cultural activities.

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4.4. Importance of Community Spaces Social sustainability draws from a variety of underlying ideas and principles. The following provides guiding principles with respect to planning, design and locational requirements for community infrastructure. Community infrastructure or facilities are physical buildings and spaces that are publicly accessible and offer opportunities, programs and services for a range of affordable, locally appropriate, recreational, social, developmental and cultural activities. Various components in developing outcomes for social sustainability relate to: Access and Equity • Providing housing mix and choice – with an adequate proportion of affordable and adaptable housing opportunities – to meet the needs of a diverse and balanced population and respond to changing demographic requirements; • Convenient and equitable access to local facilities and services at the neighbourhood level; • Access to locally available and appropriate employment opportunities; • Access to opportunities for lifelong learning and training; • Connectivity with the surrounding district and access to services, facilities and resources in the wider region – particularly by public transport; • Integration with the surrounding area – social as well as physical – to promote social cohesion and inclusiveness and ensure fair access to resources. Health and Well-being • Appropriate urban design features to create a safe, high quality and attractive environment • Providing pedestrian friendly, walkable neighbourhoods that encourage an active street life and healthy lifestyles; • Providing meeting and gathering spaces; • Providing access to a network of open space and recreational opportunities; • Providing access to a range of social, recreational and cultural facilities that utilise resources efficiently, have flexibility to adapt to changing needs, and allow for sustainable management and maintenance arrangements. Identity and Expression • Creating memorable and distinctive places and spaces that give rise to a sense of place and identity for the community; • Creating opportunities for cultural expression that promote creativity, place-making, civic pride and celebration of the community; • The recognition, interpretation and understanding of natural and cultural heritage; • Developing community life and connections with others. 6.5. Design and Construction 6.5.1. Design Principles for Community Services Facilities Flexibility and Innovation Community infrastructure must recognize the dynamic and changing nature of communities. The design of facilities needs to be flexible, innovative and adaptable to meet the needs of the future population. Joint Provision The option of providing facilities in partnership with other organisations could be considered by Council to broaden access, maximize usage and rationalize costs. Safety Where possible the location should be a mixed use area, close to shops, services and public transport. The design of the facility must consider the Safe Design Guidelines including natural surveillance and lighting. Fencing should be designed in accordance with children’s services regulations. Sustainability The building design must also utilise environmentally sustainable concepts such energy efficiency and waste minimisation. Building Materials, Standards and Long Term Maintenance The facility must be built according to City of Greater Geelong standards using appropriate and durable materials, adhering to building standards and other regulatory requirements. Prior to construction there needs to be sign off by the City on the maintenance implications of any structure

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