Have your say on the future of sport and active recreation on the Coast
  • Tuesday 12 October 2010

The Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2010-2026 will guide the current and future provision of facilities and services to meet the sport and active recreation needs of the Sunshine Coast’s diverse communities over the next 16 years.

Now available for feedback on council’s website, the draft strategy will contribute toward attaining council’s Corporate Plan goals through the themes of health and wellbeing and social cohesion by providing opportunities for improved physical activity, recreation and social interaction for the Sunshine Coast community.

The draft strategy is part of council's ongoing Our place, Our future campaign which aims to develop a strategic approach to planning the future of the region in partnership with the community.

Corporate Planning and Performance Portfolio holder councillor Tim Dwyer said sport and active recreation are key elements of the lifestyle of Sunshine Coast residents.

“Sport and active recreation play a major role in liveability of our region and the health and wellbeing of the community,” Cr Dwyer said.

“It is important that we plan to meet the sport and active recreation needs of the existing and future population while ensuring valuable resources are well managed and protected for future generations.

“This draft strategy has undertaken an extensive process to ensure community needs, population projections, statutory policies and regulations are understood, and the correct alignment with other key council strategies has been made to ensure the continued success of sport and active recreation across the region.

“Council ran a comprehensive consultation and review program to ensure the ideas, aspirations and concerns of users and wider community members were considered in the strategy.”

The draft strategy focuses on activities that require legitimate, formal venues and services, where council has a role to play. It excludes non-competitive, passive activities; activities already addressed in council’s 2009 ‘Difficult to Locate’ Sports Study’; activities covered in other recent council strategies; and wholly private sector funded activities.

The draft sport and active recreation strategy also closely aligns with council’s emerging Open Space Strategy which will articulate council’s commitment, role and intent in the provision and embellishment of recreation parks and sports reserves across the region. It provides guidance to the open space framework on the provision, development and management of land and infrastructure for sport.

The Draft Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Strategy has been undertaken concurrently with the Draft Sunshine Coast Aquatics Strategy.

Recommendations contained within the draft strategy have been classified into the following categories:

  • Policy development
  • Provision and development of land for sport
  • Management/ development of major facilities
  • Council support and communication with sport
  • School partnerships
  • Non-motorised water sports
  • Indoor sport
  • Sport development - other
  • Economic development
  • External and internal impacts on existing facilities
  • Communication
  • Administration
  • Locality recommendations

The community is invited to have its say on the Draft Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2010-2026 by sending council a detailed submission before 4.30pm, Friday 8 November 2010.

The feedback will inform the development of a final Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2010-2026, which is anticipated to be presented to council for consideration in early 2011.

If you would like a copy on CD, please call council’s customer service centre on 5475 7272.

Send feedback to ourplace@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or Sunshine Coast Council, Draft Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2010-2026, Reply Paid 84374, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Qld 4560.