Positive response to Brelsford plans
By BELINDA SCOTT
CITY Hill loomed surprisingly large in a meeting held on Thursday to discuss the redevelopment of Brelsford Park into a civic precinct. Representatives of community, business and sporting groups were positive about redeveloping Brelsford Park but many favoured creating a cultural rather than a civic precinct, with fewer but more beautiful buildings. City Hill was named as the preferred site for a new museum and there was a move towards a strategic plan for the development of arts and cultural facilities involving City Hill. There was a preference for retaining the council administration building in its present position or expanding it into the nearby city centre. Seniors representatives wanted an start on building a seniors centre at the intersection of Earl Street and Harbour Drive, but the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, and others favoured a location closer to Park Avenue. Sports groups said they were happy to be moved off Brelsford Park as long as they acquired equivalent facilities elsewhere. The meeting was to gather feedback from community groups whose representatives saw a presentation on the proposal on August 26. Groups represented included arts, cultural, sport, tourism, seniors, business and leisure bodies. The deputy mayor, Cr Ian Hogbin, said input from the groups would now be dealt with at coun- cil level.