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In Speers Point NSW on “Community Facility (Multi...” at Speers Point Park 23 Park Road Speers Point NSW 2284:

Susan Gleeson commented

When this multi-purpose arts venue was first mentioned, I had been hopeful it would be a fantastic asset to the Lake Macquarie/Newcastle residents and the wider community. So I have just now looked at the plans and artist impression of the style of building and the proposed site.

This proposal is drab and disappointing. I think the Council is way off mark with this proposal. As for who this venue could benefit, I ask how could a small one room space be called "multi-purpose arts" facility. It has just 2 toilets and a small kitchen. Basically it is just a very costly room for hire. There are plenty of rooms for hire already existing - Teralba Community Hall for one, the Performing Arts Centre at Warners Bay and numerous other halls.

As for the location, why plant it on the boulevard, thereby blocking longer views of the lake from the enclosed picnic area, and the view is of a brick/concrete bunker, not to mention the length (and long view) of the boulevard being compromised by what looks a little like a fancy toilet block.

Could the building be located elsewhere within Speers Point Park? I have seen a suggestion that it be on the western side of Speers Point Park (close to the western carpark). I think this would be a good use of the land, and with a more sympathetic use of materials, it could capitalise on a terrific view and be a venue that brings joy.

I think this building and its location is a very short sighted vision. Why waste the opportunity to have a better design that at least looks like it could be exciting and bring joy to its users and the people who visit the park.

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