The first meeting of 2016 for the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar was held on Monday March 10th at Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre.
An informative presentation was provided by SED Consultants who are working with the CoGG in undertaking the Recreation and Leisure Needs study. The study is exploring the role of councils in the provision of sport and the priorities for investment in sporting infrastructure. Pillar members found this discussion of interest, particularly local governments who are required to make decisions around expenditure in the areas of the maintaining existing assets, upgrading sporting infrastructure/assets and the building of new sporting infrastructure in response to community growth and expectations.
The Pillar is also embarking on the next regional planning & sports partnership project with Cricket Victoria, following the same process as with previous regional sports planning strategies for football (soccer), tennis and AFL & Netball. The model which has been developed in our region delivers a positive return on the investment for state sporting associations with strong collaboration across the five LGAs regarding strategic investment for new and re-developed infrastructure.
Pillar Champion Keith Baillie updated the Pillar on the recent delegation to Canberra and the opportunity to discuss G21 Priority Projects including the Regional Trails and Adventure Tourism priority.
The next meeting of the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar will be held at Deakin University on May 12th and will also be an opportunity to view the new sporting infrastructure being developed at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds campus.