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The process can be a successful one with good outcomes - it can be one that goes off the rails when the going gets tough (and it will) - or it can be a disaster.
The choice is yours - hire the right people before you get knee deep into something you don't want to be in and you cannot easily get out of.
Media Release - 2nd October 2007
"Sport, Space, Service"
Surf Coast Secures Prime Site for Community and Civic Precinct
Surf Coast Shire Council has acted to secure space for future community and civic facilities for Torquay and the surrounding area.
The Council last week exercised its option to purchase 20ha of land in the Torquay North growth corridor, beside the Surf Coast Highway and opposite Grass Tree Park.
"This is the most exciting and forward looking step this Council has taken in years," Surf Coast Mayor, Cr Rose Hodge said.
"Securing this land now is the first step in a staged plan that stacks up in so many ways:
Surf Coast chief executive officer, Peter Bollen, said that as part of its consideration of the land purchase, the Council had commissioned a master plan to show options for its future development.
"While the crucial first step in this investment in Torquay's future was securing the land, we also needed to know what the site could accommodate and how the development might look," he explained.
Mr Bollen said that the master plan showed the site could house two AFL sized football ovals, three soccer pitches, netball courts, indoor courts and a gym. There is also room for new community buildings and new council offices.
"Nothing about how the site will be used is set in concrete but there is room to meet the needs we have identified in a staged program over the next 10 years or so," Mr Bollen said.
"The features envisaged for the site and its location will also compliment the development that is expected to occur on the surrounding land in this growth corridor."
"This is a very positive development and a sound investment in the future of Torquay."