Public consultation on the future of the old Kyneton Primary School site now complete21/02/2019
Extensive public consultation on the future use of the old Kyneton Primary School site in the centre of Kyneton has now been completed with feedback received from members of the community, businesses, government agencies and stakeholders.
In May 2018, the Victorian Government announced the site in Baynton Street would remain in public hands. At the same time, the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership was asked to work collaboratively with a range of community groups and local government representatives to determine the best future use of the site.
Between August and October 2018, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Loddon Mallee undertook a wide ranging consultation on behalf of the Partnership. Multiple strategies, including an online survey, three roundtables targeted at community groups, a flyer drop to local businesses, and meetings with not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and key stakeholders, as well as with youth representatives, were undertaken to ensure a wide cross section of the community was consulted.
In total, 166 responses were received and these are summarised in the former site of the Kyneton Primary School engagement report.
The report shows the community values the former school site for both its open space and its history. As for the future, more than half of respondents want to see the former school become a community hub, with strong backing for it to be used for community gardens, outdoor entertainment and outdoor markets, or as a permanent base for community groups. There is also considerable support for it to be used as an arts hub or for early childhood services or as an education centre. Other suggestions are for it to become an integrated services centre for not-for-profit organisations or to be used for youth services.
The report includes a set of principles and attributes to ensure future site use meets community expectations. These include preserving the heritage trees and bluestone buildings, retaining the open space, and making space for community groups to meet and host activities.
David Richardson, Acting Chair of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership, thanked the community for its input. “The former Kyneton Primary School is a really important site in this community and this process has given the community a real say over its future.”