Feedback sought on draft Shellharbour Open Space and Recreation Needs Study and Strategy
Monday, 23 December 2019
Shellharbour City Council invites the community to make a submission on its draft Open Space and Recreation Needs Study and Strategy.
The document, endorsed by Council in December 2019, provides a blueprint for outdoor space and recreation planning up to 2030 and beyond. It will be on public exhibition for 42 days.
The draft strategy provides clear understanding of the current situation regarding the city’s open space, recreation, and aquatic facilities. It examines the amount and variety of open space and recreation facilities, current usage, participation rates, issues, and trends.
The study informs the preparation of the strategy, while the strategy itself will provide direction for Council and the community regarding the future management of active and passive recreation areas, parks and reserves, sports fields and aquatic facilities managed by Council. Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the project identified future opportunities in relation to open space, recreation, and aquatics to benefit the Shellharbour community, now and in the future.
The draft strategy reflects community and Council aspirations, which will guide future investment and funding allocation, over the short, medium and long term,” Cr Saliba said. “I was really pleased with the high level of community input into the draft, which was both extensive and enthusiastic.
“Staff collected information from population data, site visits, stakeholder engagement, and document research. We also conducted a telephone survey and respondents gave us thoughtful and detailed suggestions and feedback,” Cr Saliba said.
Cr Saliba said Council was placing the draft strategy on exhibition for a longer than usual period of 28 days, due to the festive break.
“Hopefully this will provide more time for people to make submissions,” Cr Saliba said.
The draft Open Space and Recreation Needs Study, Appendices and Strategy will be on exhibition from 15 January to 26 February 2020.