In Murrindindi Shire there’s 34 public playgrounds and 16 reserves (including ovals) not to mention four outdoor pools.
To decide where and how much council invests in maintaining or upgrading facilities, the council considers the needs of existing facility users and the likely growth or decline of future use.
Mayor Sandice McAulay said council endorsed a Draft Recreation and Open Space Assets and Services Strategy at its meeting on Wednesday 27 February, and it will be open for feedback from the community between 4 March and 10 April.
“Promoting participation in sport among women and youth and the health and wellbeing of all Shire residents are driving forces when it comes to creating plans for our recreation and open space facilities and services,” McAulay said.
“Likewise, we keep in mind the fact that shared spaces are often the cornerstone of social connection, belonging, resilience and economic vitality in the communities. These things are what make this Strategy so important.
“While this Strategy was developed based on feedback, collected by Council during previous consultations, from more than 50 sporting clubs and associations around the Shire. We’re keen to get your feedback to make sure we have got it right.
“Council is asking the community to take the time to have a look over the Strategy and let us know whether the plans we’re proposing for our sport, recreation and open spaces facilities are going to meet their needs.
“It’s a 10-year plan so your feedback really will have a long-term impact! I really encourage you to get involved in this process!” McAulay said.
Download the draft strategy and submit feedback here.
Council will also be running a series of information sessions and one-on-one consultation sessions.