6. Social & Community Facilities - City of Greater Geelong


6. Social & Community Facilities - City of Greater Geelong

6. Social & Community Facilities

6.3. Relevant Standards and Policy

6.3.1. Legislation

A range of legislation and industry standards are relevant to

the provision of social and community facilities including but

not limited to:-

• Play spaces must be accessible and invite all users to

participate. A service should include access for children

and adults with physical or sensory disabilities.

• Environmentally sustainable design and incorporation of

natural elements into design should be considered at the

planning stage

• For long term maintenance durable and cost effective

materials should also be considered.

• All Playground equipment must meet Australian


AS 4685: 2004 – Playground equipment

AS 4422: 1996 - Playground Surfacing, Specifications,

Requirements & Test Methods

AS 4486.1: 1997 - Playground and playground

equipment, Part 1: Development, installation, inspection,

maintenance and operation

6.3.2. Industry Standards

• Shared Facility Partnerships – A Guide for Good

Governance for Schools and the Community

– DEECD (December 2007)

• PRAV - Play Spaces for Early Years Services

• Planning for Community Infrastructure in Growth Areas

2008 – Cities of Wyndham, Casey, Hume, Melton and


• Place based planning reports detailing benchmarking for

facilities per population

• Outdoor Play Guide for Victorian Children’s Services

(DEECD 2007)

6.3.3. Policy and Guidelines

• Municipal Strategy Statement (MSS)

City of Greater Geelong Planning Scheme Provisions

• Relevant Structure Plans and Urban Growth Area Plans

• Housing Diversity Strategy

• Youth Strategy 2007-2011

• Retail Strategy 2006

• Public Library Buildings Development Strategy

• Neighbourhood Houses Policy

• Municipal Early Years Plan: Creating Communities for


• Draft Municipal Early Childhood Infrastructure Plan (2010)

• Council Policy – Community Facility Partnership (April

2009) City of Greater Geelong

• Relevant place based Council reports and studies

• DEECD Playground Development Guidelines

• Spatial Guidelines for Critical Floor Space Allocations –

Refer City of Greater Geelong Community Facilities Unit.

6.4. Planning

Community Infrastructure needs to be considered from

a local, neighborhood and regional perspective.

The way that buildings are planned and arranged will affect

people’s use and connection to the services provided

within the infrastructure. Council encourages the joint use /

co-location of services that are compatible and where the

management of services allows for multi-use with other

services. At a minimum, locating multiple services in their

own sections of a single building or precinct provides

efficiencies and improved access to services for the

general community.

Planning for new facilities in subdivisions should consider

the broader regional context, linkages and connections that

provide good access and placement in a high profile and

visible location in addition to the co-location and siting near

other compatible services such as schools, local shops and

open space. Providing infrastructure in central locations

improves the community’s capacity to access facilities and

services by public transport and active transport such as

walking and cycling.

The floor plan of some larger community facilities may need

to be able to operate as Emergency Relief Centres (ERC).

Enquiries may need to be made to see if any such provision

needs to be designed into a building so as to achieve a dual


Master Planning

A concept master plan must be developed for all proposed

social and community facilities. Plans should be prepared

by an appropriately qualified consulting team, e.g. architect,

social planner, urban designer and must include precinct

context and landscaping.


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