Robertson Community Information Centre Updates
March 2018 Update
Dear Community Members
We would like to give you a quick update on the progress of the new Robertson Community Information Centre (CIC). The aims of the CIC project have been to encourage visitors to stop in Robertson, to provide visitors information about what to do and see in Robertson including the businesses that are here, to provide information for the community about what’s on plus emergency information and to provide an artistically designed structure that is a special and unique new addition to the Robertson village.
A work still in progress
You will have seen the construction fence come down recently. This is not because it is finished! The fence needed to come down so the landscaping could be completed and the grass verge restored. There is still much to be done over the next month before the official launch in early April.
What has been completed?
You will have seen that the electronic sign is in place and has already been used to advertise the Robertson Show and to display Fire and other information. The sign is currently being tested and we are learning how to program it so that it has the best effect. Guidelines for the types of notices that the sign can be used for are now available - download the guidelines. We are keen to hear from organisations interested in promoting their major events on the sign – have a read through the guidelines and get back to us so we can start programming the information. Let us know if you have any questions.
The landscaping has also been completed (following the design by Dan Thomas who donated his expertise) and is now being maintained by volunteers from the Robertson Mens Shed.
The structures that will contain the information panels and the other design elements – the local rocks and the aged poles – are also in place.
What is still to come?
The information and map panels - environment (climate, geology, flora and fauna), the village map including business listing and ads, social history panel, regional map, fire and emergency information panel and acknowledgements panel. The information on these is currently being checked and double checked to ensure it is as correct as possible at time of production. The acknowledgements panel lists the more than 60 local individuals and businesses who have donated time or money to the project as well as the grants provided by government bodies and trusts.
The noticeboard and poster cabinet will accommodate community notices (keys to the noticeboard cabinet will be available at a couple of locations in town) and the poster cabinet will house large posters advertising events and other information.
The artwork – the designer of the CIC, Peter Campbell has designed a special artwork for the front of the Centre which represents the Yarrawa Brush from which the village of Robertson emerged.
When will it be finished?
The CIC will be officially launched on Sunday 8 April. An invitation to the launch will go out soon and everyone is welcome. Every effort is being made to have the whole Centre completed for the launch.
Questions about the CIC can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Soon you will see some activity on the Community Information Centre site.
Council has approved our application to construct the CIC on Council owned land- namely the old Lions Park adjacent to the Hampden Park entrance.
Next you will see a safety fence erected around the site boundary and our volunteer project manager (local Builder Ray Foster) getting foundation work underway. One of the first to be on site will be volunteer local electrician Brendhan Waters getting going with cabling and wi-fi work. Volunteer Ross Brumfield will be assisting with the earth works.
Another volunteer landscaper Dan Thomas has submitted the garden design plan and Sharron and Marcus Hewitt will be donating specially chosen rock material for the garden.
Financing has moved along and the Committee is comfortable enough to start construction.
The Robertson Environmental Protection society has applied for a grant in order to finance two of the displays covering the Robertson Environment and History. For this we thank Peter Glass and his team.
Four more local business people have each made generous donations – they are Steve Chowdhury (CIC Committee member), Phil Lavers from the Moonacres café, Con Kotis from the Robertson Hotel and Cameron McKillop from McKillops Real Estate.
The newly established Robertson Mens Shed has offered support including assistance with the ongoing maintenance needs of the CIC. The Community Technology Centre (CTC) will have the overall responsibility for that activity.
Finally, we, the CIC Committee offer our thanks to Peter Campbell for his never ending support. Peter won the design competition and was contracted to handle all aspects of the design and approval process. This has been done whilst giving a level of support beyond that of the contract.
View the approved plans for the CIC.
Still lots of “ behind the scenes” preparation going on for the Community Information Centre project. Peter Campbell (the winner of the design competition) is ready to present the final design to Council. Ray Foster (a local builder) has volunteered to be the Project Manager. This is an essential position and we can’t start construction until such a qualified person is in place. Another local (Terry Allen) has volunteered his specialist equipment to do some of the installation work.
We have been successful in obtaining a $12,000 grant from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust. This is to facilitate stage 1 of the project- which is the electronic information board. Stage 1 is effectively a joint venture between the CIC and the Robertson Fire Brigade. Brendhan Waters (the Brigade Captain) has volunteered to do all of the electrical , electronic and wifi work for Stage one. He will be assisted by Ross Brumfield who will do the earth works.
Another volunteer, Elizabeth Bennetts, has advised that the plants for the landscaping are being propagated at Council’s facility in Moss Vale. Volunteer landscaper, Dan Thomas, has been working with her in selecting the plantings for his CIC landscape design.
In summary, we are well down the track and hope that by the time of the next Robertson News we can report the commencement of construction. We will also have some more drawings to show.
The architect (Peter Campbell) is busy finalising the design and working with Council in order to get final approval. On another front Committee members have compiled research on information to go on each of the boards. These include Robertson history , the environment, tourist attractions and so on. In addition Ken Redpath and Allan Stiles have provided photographs for use as required. Peter Campbell will take all of the aforementioned and turn it into pictorial and written representations for the Committees ok and thence to manufacture.
Community support for the project continues. The Robertson garden Club has donated $500 and Elizabeth Bennetts is helping with plant selection. Jan Giblin is assisting with directional signage and Ross Brumfield is going to assist with earth moving.
The project has also received another generous donation from a local business—Matthew Fitzgerald, Southern Rise Bakery has recently committed $1000.
Every club, social organisation and sporting group has been written to, in order to advise members of progress. Each has been asked for ideas on how the CIC can be used by them. There is also an invitation to help with the project! More updates in June Newsletter. Ph:4885 1093 email@example.com
Community Information Centre
By Don Dyer
Quite a lot has happened since my last report to you.
Firstly local State member, Prue Goward, has
advised that the NSW Government will make a grant of $10,000 to the project. Secondly, Peter Campbell (our chosen designer) is, with the assistance of well known local builder Shaun Haberle, local landscaper Dan Thomas and Robertson electrician and RFS Captain Brendhan Waters working with Wingecarribee Shire Council on the final design and construction details. Thirdly, CIC Committee members with the assistance from Helen Tranter and the Robertson Environment Protection Society, are working on the information to be included on the display boards. Fourthly, Allan Stiles and Peter Glass are working with Dan Thomas to identify the best plantings for the Yarrawa Brush theme that will be the basis of the landscaping. Finally a Crowd Funding site is almost ready to launch.
So 2017 should see construction underway in the first half of this year. If you feel that you can contribute in any was please call me on
Ph: 4885 1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All assistance is welcome.
Update on the Community Information Centre Project
By Don Dyer
This month we have some real progress to report to you.
Firstly the $5000 grant obtained through our MHR, Stephen Jones, will shortly be received.
Secondly, another two local business people have come on board offering significant in-kind support. This includes all of the landscaping work.
Thirdly, we are about to launch a Crowd Funding package to offer all Robertson citizens the opportunity to assist in the fund raising.
Fourthly, Peter Campbell (the design winner) has signed a contract covering design and oversite of construction. He is now in discussion with Council about their requirements. (A reminder: The Community Information Centre is to be built on the Council owned Hampden Park)
Overall it is pleasing to see the growing community interest and support as the Robertson Community Information Centre materialises .
Please go and see the plans which are available for viewing at the CTC – Hoddle St, Robertson.
For further information, you can contact Don on 4885 1093 email@example.com
Update on the Community Information Centre Project
By Don Dyer
The process for finalising the design of the Community Information Centre has made some significant advances since my last report.
As you will be aware three parties were chosen to submit designs. Two did so with one having to withdraw for personal reasons.
The CIC Committee was increased by two residents for the assessment process. Those added were well known Robertson residents Jan Giblin and Brendhan Waters. During August each party presented their proposals and these were placed on public display at the last Robertson Market Day and then at the CTC. The response was helpful with a clear majority in favour of the project and many valuable comments made on each design.
Consequently the Committee selected the concept presented by Peter Campbell Design of Moss Vale in partnership with Mark Tatarinoff. Peter will now be charged with finalising the design and submitting to Council the necessary documentation for a DA.
Fund raising continues with several grant applications submitted. We are about half way to raising the cash component of the project but will of course not finally commit to the project until we know that the money is available. It may well be that construction will be staged.
The concept design is still available for viewing at the CTC. The final design will be on exhibition as part of the DA process. We will keep you posted. For further information, you can contact Don on 4885 1093 firstname.lastname@example.org
27 April 2016
News from the Community Information Centre Sub-Committee of The Robertson Shed Inc
The Lions Park (in front of the children’s playground in Hampden Park) has been selected as the preferred site for the Information Centre. This site has received in principle support from both the Hampden Park Management Committee and Council. After consideration of the pros and cons of six sites (along the main street and the railway), the Lions Park was the one that ticked the majority of the boxes. This site has the following advantages:
Design of the information centre
Following the expression of interest process, 3 designers have been invited to submit a design for the Centre based on it being located in the Lions Park.
All are very excited about having the opportunity to create a design for the project. The designs will be presented to a Project Assessment Panel (comprised of the Sub-Committee, a representative of the Hampden Park Committee and one other community member with relevant expertise) in June/July 2016. The community will then have the opportunity to comment on the designs before a final decision is made.
The Sub-Committee is working hard on raising the funds for the project with a number of grant applications submitted or in preparation, sponsorship being discussed, in-kind donations being sought, private cash contributions being invited and a crowd funding site to be established. A number of generous in-kind donations have already been committed.
Call for Expressions of Interest for the Design of a new Community Information Centre for Robertson
A Community Information Centre – a structure that displays community information about Robertson – has been identified as the priority project from a Council initiative called Our Village Our Future.
The idea is to have a structure that displays information about Robertson for visitors and the local community with a view to promoting Robertson to visitors and providing local information for the community. There is a very old and worn sign on the main street that no longer reflects what is happening in Robertson. The community is looking for an innovative structure that is attractive, draws attention from passers-by and that can be maintained in order to keep the information current.
A Sub-Committee of the Robertson Shed Inc is managing the project on behalf of the community and is calling for expressions of interest from local artists, architects, designers and other individuals and firms with the skills and capacity to carry out the project.
From the Expressions of Interest, shortlisted individuals, groups or firms will be invited to submit a detailed design proposal for a fee of $1000. The final commission is expected to be to the value of $50,000.
Preference will be given to expressions of interest from residents of Robertson and surrounding areas or those with a strong connection to the Robertson community.
A copy of the brief for the project including details on what to include in your expression of interest and the assessment criteria can be obtained by contacting email@example.com
Expressions of interest now close at midnight on Monday 11 April 2016.
The full concept plan, by Peter Campbell, can be seen at the CTC@Robertson or download it here. Panels will contain the following information:
· Variable message sign with emergency information, event and community announcements
· Noticeboards and display cabinets for paper based community notices and billboards
· Local visitor information including town map
· Regional visitor information including regional map
· Environmental History of the Region inc geology, weather, fauna and flora
· Social History: Pre and Post Settlement—Aboriginal history, village history, popular culture e.g. Babe and Big Potato
The Village of Robertson needs a new Information Sign!
The sign to the left is what currently greets visitors to Robertson - not very welcoming!
An action plan for Robertson has been developed as part of a Council project called Our Village Our Future.
The priority action in the plan is to replace this sign with a new structure called a Community Information Centre - a three dimensional walk through series of "boards" that includes information about Robertson including history, environment, maps, Aboriginal history, where to go, what to do, coming events, where to eat etc - information for visitors and locals.
The Centre will be in a main street location on public land and designed by an artist/architect/designer to make it a prominent and eye-catching structure Robertson can be proud of.
An expression of interest for the design, fabrication and installation of the Community Information Centre will be distributed to the Robertson community in early March 2016 to seek local people or firms who would be interested in carrying out the project.
A Sub-Committee of the Robertson Shed Inc (management organisation for the CTC and the Robertson News) has been established to manage the project.
The Sub-Committee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Jenny on 0429 826 431