Understanding the Glasshouse
Thursday 31 May, 2007
The Mayor Councillor Rob Drew today expressed concern that Council had not done a good enough job advising people of the diverse multi-purpose nature of the Glasshouse, a community facility.
"I think we need to accept some of the criticism we have received of the fact that we have not really informed the community as well as we should have with regard to the nature of the facility."
"A distinction needs to be drawn between ensuring the community has an understanding of the enormous benefits of the facility and the community consultation which has occurred over a number of years with regard to the development. We need to acknowledge that the community consultation has not been as good as what it should have been at times, however it is important to note that Council at its meeting on Monday adopted a new Public Participation policy which will guide more strongly how Council goes about consulting on issues. Not withstanding that like any project, we will learn whatever we can from it and apply it to how we deal with future projects.
"With regard to the Glasshouse we now need to deal with what we have in front of us. We are concerned at some of the conclusions and observations within the Report which cannot be supported. However, in terms of how we respond to the Minister, Council has not made that determination yet. I do make the offer that Council staff are more than willing to address any form of Community group on the Glasshouse and providing information on the multitude of uses it will have."
"Council will also place on its website today at 9.00am, (Friday 1 June) some of the information provided in its response to the draft report it prepared. This is valuable background information for the community."
"We have two key things before us now. Firstly is to complete the building and make it a total success and secondly to carefully consider how we respond to the Minister acknowledging that the Report has raised a number of concerns, not so much about the project itself but about the processes behind the project."
"I for one make no apologies that this is a multi-purpose facility which will provide for performers, community groups, which will provide for conferences, seminars and meetings, which will provide for activities never seen before in Port Macquarie."