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Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2020-2030

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Council's Sport and Active Recreation Strategy community survey is now open and all residents are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions on sport and active recreation in Golden Plains Shire, now and into the future. You can also pick up a paper survey at Council's Customer Service Centres in Bannockburn, Linton and Smythesdale, or share your thoughts at one of the six conversation posts.

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Council is partnering with the State Government's Sport and Recreation Victoria to develop a new Sport and Active Recreation Strategy to inform its policy, planning and delivery of sport and active recreation programs, infrastructure and services from 2020 to 2030.

This new strategy will replace the current Recreation Strategy 2015-19 and reflect the needs of the Shire’s evolving communities over the next 10 years.

The aim of this strategy is to:

  • Inform Council’s policy and planning frameworks
  • Develop the delivery of sport and active recreation infrastructure, programming and services for the period 2020 to 2030
  • Improve liveability, and health and wellbeing outcomes for all residents
  • Reflect the needs of the community

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

Over the course of February 2020, community members are invited to share their ideas and opinions on sport and active recreation in Golden Plains Shire, through an online and paper survey or at six conversation posts across the Shire.

An advisory group met in December to guide development of the survey and engagement options for Feburary. The committee will meet at again in March to review a Findings and Issues paper, and again in April to help inform decision making and the development of the draft strategy.

The draft strategy will be presented to Council and released to the public for exhibition for four weeks in May/June 2020.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

You can contribute to the development of the Sport and Active Recreation Strategy in a number of ways:

  • Complete the online community survey here
  • Pick up a paper survey at Council's Customer Service Centres in Bannockburn, Linton and Smythesdale, or contact the Recreation and Youth Team Leader on 5220 7190
  • Chat with Council staff at one of the following conversation posts:





Sat 1 Feb

Bannockburn Golden Plains Farmers Market


22 Byron St, Bannockburn VIC 3331 (in the rear car park of the Bannockburn Cultural Centre)

Sat 15 Feb

Smythesdale Country Market


Smythesdale Historic Precinct, 62 Brooke Street, Smythesdale.

Sun 16 Feb

Inverleigh Produce and Lifestyle Market


Lawson’s Park, High St, Inverleigh VIC 3321

Sat 22 Feb

Rokewood General Store and Post Office ‘street talk’


57 Ferrars St, Rokewood VIC 3330

Sat 22 Feb

Meredith – Back Creek Café – drop in for a cuppa


1/27 Staughton St, Meredith VIC 3333

Sun 23 Feb

Ross Creek Car Boot Sale


Ross Creek Recreation Reserve, Sebastapol-Smythesdale Rd, Ross Creek VIC 3352


What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Community feedback from this consultation period will assist in the development of a Findings and Issues Paper. This paper will then be presented to the advisory group to review and provide feedback, before a Draft Strategy is developed for Council. The Draft Strategy will be exhibited for community feedback for four week from 26 May 2020. The final strategy will be presented to Council in July for adoption. 


28 January 2020: Survey opens

1 to 23 February: Six conversation posts held across the Shire

29 February 2020: Survey closes

19 March 2020: Advisory Group will review the Findings and Issues Paper

21 April 2020: Findings and Issues Paper presented to Council 

30 April 2020: Advisory Group to review Draft Strategy

26 May 2020: Draft Strategy presented to Council for four weeks of public exhibition

28 July 2020: Final Strategy presented to Council for adoption

Contact Information

Dean Veenstra
Recreation and Youth Team Leader
03 52207190
Project Category: 
Sport and Recreation
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Project Status: 
Updated Project
This survey is now closed.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.