Golden Plains Shire Council's Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2020-2030 was adopted by Council on 25 August 2020. You can read it here. Thank you to all residents who contributed to the development of this strategy.
Council partnered with 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 replaces the 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
Throughout February 2020, community members were 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. Council received a total of 286 community survey responses and 33 responses from clubs and committees of management. In addition, 178 people engaged face-to-face with the Council at one of the six listening posts.
From this engagement, an issues and opportunities paper was developed and presented to a community reference group for consideration, before being presented to Council in April.
All issues and opportunities raised fall in to one of the following three key pillars:
- Active and Healthy
Following feedback from the issues and opportunities paper, a Draft Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2020-2030 was prepared and presented to Council on 23 June, 2020. The Strategy was then put on public exhibition and feedback for a period of four weeks from 24 June to 22 July 2020.
On 25 August 2020, Council noted the submissions made to the strategy, and then adopted the Strategy.
What Happens Next
Council staff will now work towards implementing the Strategy with a vision of "Active, Connected and Liveable Communities through Sport and Active Recreation".
28 January 2020: Survey opened
1 to 23 February: Six conversation posts held across the Shire
29 February 2020: Survey closed
27-31 March 2020: Advisory Group reviewed the Issues and Opportunities Paper
21 April 2020: Issues and Opportunities Paper presented to Council
18-22 May 2020: Advisory Group to review Draft Strategy
23 June 2020: Draft Strategy presented to Council, seeking approval to public exhibit the strategy for four weeks.
24 June to 22 July 2020: Public Exhibition period.
25 August 2020: Final Strategy presented to Council and adopted.