Draft Diamond Creek Community Infrastructure Strategic Plan
Thank you for providing feedback on our draft strategic plan for community infrastructure in Diamond Creek including the location of a Youth Hub.
The Draft Diamond Creek Community Infrastructure Strategic Plan has been prepared as an early step in a broader master plan project aimed at providing long-term direction for the delivery of community infrastructure in Diamond Creek.
The draft strategic plan identifies ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ infrastructure could be provided to meet the future needs of the Diamond Creek community as well as the wider communities of the Shire that the township serves.
The draft strategic plan will, subject to further Council project funding, inform the preparation of a master plan that will confirm the technical requirements of community infrastructure proposed in the strategic plan, including design and costs, and establish priorities for delivery.
The draft strategic plan proposes a range of new community infrastructure that has been identified in community infrastructure needs assessments to be required to meet the needs of a projected Diamond Creek population of 15,000, as well as the needs of the wider communities in the Shire served by the township, in 2036.
The proposed community infrastructure is shown on the drawing on page 2 of the draft strategic plan, and includes:
1. A new Community Hub
2. A new Aquatic, Health and Fitness Centre
3. The Coninston Street Family Centre with a new Maternal and Child Health Centre extension
Council are currently undertaking investigations into a preferred location for a dedicated Youth Hub in the Shire to meet the needs of the broader Shire youth community.
The draft strategic plan identifies the capacity to provide a dedicated Youth Hub in Diamond Creek, and proposes two options for a Youth Hub that are shown on the drawings on pages 3 and 4.
Should a dedicated Youth Hub not be provided in Diamond Creek because another location in the Shire is deemed more appropriate, then youth friendly spaces would be integrated within the Community Hub that is proposed in the draft strategic plan, to provide youth spaces that are immediately accessible to the Diamond Creek youth community.
The facilities proposed within each of the above infrastructure types are listed on page 4.
Improvements proposed to existing community infrastructure in Diamond Creek are summarised on page 6.
All community infrastructure proposed in the draft strategic plan is provided as an integrated service model, meaning different but related community facilities are co-located within the one community facility. This is current best practice to enable convenience of access to, and the sharing of, a range of associated community facilities, intergenerational exchange, and efficiencies in governance.
The draft strategic plan, however, provides two options for a dedicated Youth Hub that include both an integrated service model located within the proposed Community Hub (Youth Hub Plan Option A: Integrated Youth Hub) and a stand-alone service model located at the current Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre site (Youth Hub Plan Option B: Stand-alone Youth Hub). These options are illustrated on the drawings on pages 3 and 4 of the draft strategic plan.
The two different Youth Hub options are proposed in consideration of both the communal and privacy needs of youth users in identifying with, and accessing services provided within, an integrated or stand-alone Youth Hub.
With the exception of the proposed Maternal and Child Health Centre extension at the Coniston Street Family Centre, all of the infrastructure proposed is located within the Diamond Creek Major Activity Centre. This is because the highly public nature of the infrastructure, and the broad catchment of users accessing the infrastructure, require the infrastructure to be on active transport networks, accessible to public transport and highly visible. The new Maternal and Child Health Centre is located at the existing Coniston Street Family Centre where it can consolidate the location of family services in Diamond Creek.