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History of the Mitcham Cultural Village

History of the Development of the Mitcham Cultural Village 

The City of Mitcham has undertaken a number of studies to understand the needs of the community regarding the future management of Council assets. These studies included a Community Needs Assessment Study, Community Focal Points Framework, City of Mitcham Library Review as well as consultation for the Strategic Plan which identified the need for community centres, including a cultural and historical hub to be located within the City of Mitcham.

In order to address these findings a review of all Council owned properties was undertaken to consider a more effective, manageable and sustainable use of existing assets, both for open space and built facilities.

Through this review Council identified properties which have low utilisation rates, ad hoc management and coordination and the exclusive use of large, old buildings by single groups with declining numbers.

Council has begun to identify properties that could be better managed to encourage improved occupancy levels by a variety of community groups.  Other properties can be developed or sold to create a financial reserve to improve facilities for the community.

Mitcham Village InstituteSince 2002 Council has undertaken a number of studies to understand the needs of the community and on the future management of Council assets. These studies included a Community Needs Assessment Study, Community Focal Points Framework, City of Mitcham Library Review as well as consultation for the Strategic Plan which identified the need for community centres, including a cultural and historical hub to be located within the City of Mitcham.

In order to address these findings a review of all Council owned properties was undertaken to consider a more effective and sustainable use and management of existing assets, both for open space and built facilities.

Through this review Council has identified properties which have low utilisation rates, ad hoc management and coordination of community facilities, and the exclusive use of large, old buildings by single groups with declining numbers.

Council has begun to identify properties that could be better managed, have improved occupancy levels by a variety of community groups, or developed or sold to create a financial reserve to improve facilities for the community.

CellsIn October 2005 Council began discussions about possible development of a cultural hub involving the Mitcham Village Arts and Craft Centre, Mitcham Village Institute, former Police Station and Cells with existing and potential users of the facility from the Mitcham Village Arts and Crafts Association, Community Historian, Community Transport Coordinator and Uniting Church.

To enhance the Cultural Hub it is proposed to integrate facilities from the adjacent Uniting Church including the original church, the church hall and its surrounds, and a portion of the existing netball courts.

The Cultural Hub will provide a village environment where residents can have access to garden areas and have the opportunity to participate in cultural and craft activities in an environment of learning and sharing. Activities may include art, crafts, sculpture, history, woodwork, metalwork, drama, dance, theatre, gardening and spiritual fulfilment.In April 2007, Council endorsed the consultation plan and management plan regarding the Mitcham Cultural Village. The recommendations were as follows:

  1. That Council endorse in principle the development of a Mitcham Cultural Hub in the Mitcham Village Precinct, in collaboration with the Mitcham Uniting Church.
  2. That Council endorses the draft management plan and financial arrangements outlined in this report for the Mitcham Village Cultural Hub for further development, consultation and negotiation with stakeholders and subsequent report to Corporate and Community Services Committee.
  3. That Council endorse the development of detailed designs and preliminary costing for the Hub project, drawing up to $70,000 from the Asset Development and Improvement Reserve, with a report prepared for the Corporate and Community Services Committee prior to inviting Tenders.

Copies of the reports can be downloaded here


The Concept

The concept incorporates:

Heritage Research Centre

The former police station will be upgraded to accommodate the Mitcham Heritage Research Centre, including the Community Historian and supporters.

Car Parking

Additional car parking will be provided at the rear of the Mitcham Village Institute and on the tennis courts (see overflow carparking) behind the Uniting Church. Additional disabled parking and a drop off area will be adjacent to the old police station and existing church.

The Shed

Replacement of the existing shed with a new purpose built shed to garage the community buses and to cater for additional arts, craft, and technical and workshop activities.

Mitcham Village Institute

A minor upgrade of the existing Mitcham Village Institute to provide disabled access, a new entrance point and shared foyer, and office space for the Community Centre Coordinator and Mitcham VIllage Art and Crafts.

Additional Buildings

Incorporation of the old church and hall into the Mitcham Village Cultural Hub to provide additional multi-use spaces for new user groups and car parking. In order to achieve this Council has entered into a lease arrangement with the Uniting Church. The concept has the strong support of the Church Council.

Open Space

Paved and garden areas. Community garden areas located within the central area and also adjacent to the existing netball courts.

Mitcham Village Cultural Hub

Your Questions Answered

Below are some questions and issues raised through the community consultation which concluded on November 3 2006.

What about Public Transport, how can people outside the Mitcham Village area get to the proposed Cultural Hub?

The Mitcham Cultural Village is accessible by bus route 171, which travel from the City up Fullarton Roads to Belair Rd, via Princes Rd, if you wish to visit the Mitcham Cultural Village Stop 19 is right out the front.

Are the Activities on offer already decided?

The type of activities on offer at the Cultural has certainly not been predetermined, however some of the activities will include those already being undertaken at the existing Mitcham Institute and the Mitcham Village Arts and Craft Association. We highly encourage you to make suggestions about activities you would like to see as part of the Cultural Hub. In addition if you are part of group that would like to become part of the Cultural Hub, please let us know.

The proposal is just pampering to the 'arty' minority?

Cultural activities are very important to communities. A recent study reported on the front page of 'The Age' newspaper showed that more people visited the Botanic Gardens, or Zoo or the movies, or a library than attended the football. Across Australia the top ten cultural or sporting events attended were Cinemas, Libraries, Botanic Gardens, Zoons, Music Concerts, Museums, Art galleries, other performing arts, Musicals/Operas, and Theatre performances. Mitcham has a very strong connection with Cultural activities, including music, dance, art, craft, and history.

What about developing community facilities in the Western parts of Mitcham or in the Hills?

The proposed Cultural Hub is part of a four pronged Community Hubs investigation as part of the City of Mitcham Strategic Plan. The plan calls for the investigations into developing Community Hubs in Mitcham Central, Mitcham West, Mitcham Hills and a Cultural Hub in Mitcham Central. The Hubs will be multi-purpose multi-function facilities aimed at serving people of all ages, and providing a large range of services and activities. As with the Cultural Hub, these all Hubs will be funded through the sale and development of existing surplus and under utilised properties and only with Council approval. While there is currently no definitive timeline for the development of the other Community Hubs, Community Services is currently undertaking an extensive investigation into a Mitcham West Community Hub and hope to present a report to Council in the new year that will enable the project to move forward to Community consultation.

How will cultural activities such as Art, interact with a management structure that includes the Mitcham Council and a Religious institution?

The details of the management structure are currently being developed; the arrangements will need to include both Council and the Church as the two owners of the buildings and land. The strategic and day to day management will be overseen through the Mitcham Cultural Village Executive Sub-committee and will balance both the requirements of the land owners, existing and new user groups, and the community as a whole.

What is the aim of the Mitcham Village Cultural Hub?

To provide the community with an opportunity to participate in and enhance cultural activities in an environment of learning and sharing. Activities may include art, crafts, sculpture, history, woodwork, metalwork, drama, dance, theatre, gardening and spiritual fulfilment.

Gallery Who might use the Cultural Hub?

Residents, community groups, students, everyone will be able to use the facilities.

Why the Princes Road/Mitcham Village location?

The Princes Road site is a central and accessible existing historical site adjoining the Mitcham Village Conservation Zone (circa 1839). It contains several Council owned buildings including the old Police Station/SES building, sheds that house the Community Bus and the Mitcham Village Institute. The location is also the home of the Mitcham Village Arts and Crafts Association.

The Uniting Church which owns the existing church, the original church and attached hall, and netball/basketball courts has agreed, in principle, to a partnership with the Council to create the Cultural Hub.

The proposed site would benefit from restoration and re-invigoration. The location complements proposed locations for future investigations into the development of Community Hubs in Mitcham Hills, Mitcham Central (Belair Road) and Mitcham West.

Who will be partners in the Cultural Hub?

The City of Mitcham, the Uniting Church and several organisations including the Unmasked Theatre Company and Mitcham Arts and Crafts Association have indicated an interest in moving forward together with development of the Cultural Hub. Council is also planning to move the Mitcham Heritage Research Centre to the old Police Station at the site.

Who will manage the Hub?

The Cultural Hub will be jointly managed by Council and the Uniting Church as owners of the facilities. A draft management plan will be prepared for consideration by Council and the community, which will aim to give opportunities for community and user group input and involvement, and enable tenancy and hire arrangements.

ChurchHow will the project be funded? Will it affect my rates?

Development of the Cultural Hub will be financed from the sale proceeds as part of Council's ongoing property review. This identifies properties that are under utilised or surplus. Following community consultation some properties may be sold or developed to improve income and use. This approach enables Council to maintain the best and most relevant facilities in a way that ensures they are well used by the community.

Summary of Mitcham Village Public Consultation Meeting - 12 October 2006, 6-7.30pm

Approximately 25 people attended the consultation meeting held at the Mitcham Civic Centre regarding the Mitcham Village Cultural Hub proposal. Ron Malcolm, Chief Executive Officer provided an overview of the evening and Councils Strategic planning behind both the Mitcham Village Cultural Hub and future investigations into Community Hubs. An onscreen presentation was used to display the proposal with verbal descriptions provided by Council staff. Management of the Cultural Hub and the consultation results so far were also described. Approximately 140 surveys have been returned so far with over 90% strongly in favour of the proposal. Feedback at the meeting was also positive.

Below are the questions and issues raised at the Public Consultation meeting on the Mitcham Village Cultural Hub proposal - October 12 2006. The questions were answered by Council staff.

1. Will there be emergency access to the western side of the Mitcham Village Institute building?

Yes there will be provision of emergency access to the Institute, although it may require the use of bollards.

2. What is happening to the storage area, currently used for bins, as it is currently under utilised?

It is proposed this area will be covered to allow for greater use and for bin storage to be relocated.

3. What is happening to the trees in the area, particularly the one planted to celebrate the 125 year anniversary?

All existing trees including the anniversary tree will remain

4. The gallery/garden space is used by the Mitcham Village Arts and Crafts what is happening to it?

The use and possible changes to the gallery/garden space will be determined through consultation between Council and the MVAC with consideration to community feedback.

5. Will there be a space for the Mitcham Historical Society?

Existing user groups will be encouraged to remain. New user groups are strongly encouraged to join the Cultural Hub. Philosophies of "Sharing" will be the key principle, with space being shared amongst multiple groups and moving away from groups owning particular spaces or buildings. Adequate storage will be vital to allow this philosophy of sharing and multiple users to occur.

6. Is there list of properties the Council has for sale?

Council has been undertaking a review of all its assets for sometime now, this process has been presented to and endorsed by Council. Part of the process involves assessment by a range of Council departments and is very heavily dependent on community consultation. This is even more integral if the asset is on Community Land.

7. Should the proceeds from the sale of the Weemala quarries be used for open space?

The monies have gone into the open space account as it was the only reserve account available. The new council will determine if this money is to be used for the Mitcham Village Cultural Hub.

8. What is the origins of the Church's involvement in the project, is it their history or the use of the space?

The institute building is already heavily used, so if we are to bring new groups into the area and create a 'Hub' of activity we will need more space to house them. Hence the approach to the Church who are very keen to see their facilities used more heavily by the community.

9. Could the project be done in a staged approach?

Yes, the project could be staged, for example the building works could be completed first and then the infrastructure secondly. However the Institute is already heavily used, so if we are to bring new user groups and activities into the area, increase the buzz and reach and vital critical mass we need to provide new spaces.

10. Are there funds available for a part time coordinator?

The future budget has allocated resources for a part time coordinator.

Comments

  • D White from Rotary complimented the plans for the inclusion of a Community Garden and offered Rotary's assistance to develop the community garden.
  • M Beresford said that by and large it was an excellent proposal that would revitalise the area. He was not sure about the coffee shop idea but think there should be a top notch exhibition gallery space and also some sort of museum, similar to the Unley museum. The Cultural Hub would require some sort of project officer to make it work.
  • J Weaver commented that she hoped there were enough environmental sustainable components in the project, adequate security and facility for young mothers with babies such as changing areas.
  • Cr Gellie commented that the members of the MVAC and LHS were thoroughly in favour of the proposal and that it needed to be viable and have a multi-faceted approach and it was his view there should be some sort of commercially run and viable eating facility.
  • Yvonne commented there needs to be some sort of eating facility or lunch room such that after participants finish their activities they have somewhere to hang around and get something to eat or drink.
  • Mayor Brooks commented on popularity of alfresco dining and how the shops across the road from the proposal would be perfect for commercial venture for an eating establishment.
  • T Cosh commented on how the shops across the road would be perfect for some sort of shops including a heritage focus, bed & breakfast, Internet café or links to the Yurrebilla trail.
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