Published on 14 July 2017
Gannawarra Shire Council is wanting to hear from the community about how they use, or don’t use, recreational facilities and services across the Shire.
Director Infrastructure and Development Geoff Rollinson said that people do recreation in all manner of ways.
“Recreation to Gannawarra residents, and visitors to our area, can range from structured sporting events like football, netball and cricket, to the more passive recreation activities like bush walking, bike riding and water sports.”
“What we are aiming to do with this survey is to drill down to how people do recreation, what is currently available to them and what improvements they would like to see into the future to enhance their recreation experience,” Mr Rollinson explained.
The end result will be the development of a Sports and Recreation Strategy which will guide Council’s future investment and development of recreation facilities and services.
Mayor Brian Gibson said this process has a direct link to the priorities that Council set in its four year Council Plan to ensure that our Shire has strong and healthy communities. A large part of that relates back to having facilities and the means available to participate in recreational activities.
“Getting outdoors and participating in recreation, whether structured or passive, is a key component to people’s wellbeing and how they feel good,” Mayor Gibson said.
Mr Rollinson explains that the consultation around the Strategy has been undertaken in stages, with the first stage seeing local sports clubs consulted around their facilities and their future needs to meet demand.
“This second stage sees Council seeking wider consultation from the community about how they view recreation and what the availability of facilities and services is, versus what they see the future needs and requirements are to ensure the sustainability of sport and recreation in Gannawarra Shire.”
The survey is available on Council’s website at www.gsc.vic.gov.au and takes no more than 10 minutes.
information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website www.gsc.vic.gov.au
Date: 14 July 2017
Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627