Council signs off on Sport and Recreation Strategy

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 

Bunbury City Council adopted the City’s Sport and Recreation Strategy 2019-2029 Strategic Directions and City Facilities (Strategy) during Tuesday night’s Ordinary Council Meeting. 

The adoption of the Strategy follows 18 months of extensive engagement with the City’s sporting community which included more than 1850 clubs, associations and community members. 

It also incorporates in depth reviews of previous plans and strategies, existing facilities and industry trends to inform how the City delivers sport and recreation for the next 10 years and identifies the facilities required to do so. 

The Strategy will guide the City’s delivery of sport, physical activity and active recreation programs, services and facilities into the future to maximise opportunities for participation that support improvements to the lives of the whole community and contribute to attracting people to live and visit the City. 

Research and statistical data are beginning to highlight the immense value that sport and physical activity provides to communities in terms of health, social and economic value. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan thanked the sporting and recreation clubs and groups, State Government sporting representatives, neighbouring Local Governments, State sporting associations and community members who have contributed their time, effort and experience to this project which establishes the strategic direction for sport, recreation and physical activity provision within the City into the future. 

“A number of submissions outline and encourage further investment and upgrade to existing facilities; the City Council will consider the actions identified within this Strategy as part of the financial planning and prioritisation process,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“This Strategy will guide the decision making process in relation to the provision of sporting and recreation facilities in future financial planning rounds.”

 Chief Executive Officer Mal Osborne will now prepare a business case for the South West Sports Centre as identified within the Strategy.