Heartland Magazine Issue 27, News and Events NSW Northern Rivers, Advertising NSW

Planning for Ballina’s sporting future

Planning for Ballina’s sporting future

Planning for Ballina’s sporting future

Do you want to help shape the future of sport and recreation in Ballina Shire?

Ballina Shire Council has begun community consultation to help develop a new Sport and Recreation Facility Plan. Once completed, this important community Plan will help determine the future for sport and active recreation in the Shire over the next 10 years.

“As a community document, it is important that everyone provides input to the Plan so we can get an accurate snapshot of our community’s desires for the future,” said Mr Luke Marshall, Ballina Shire Council’s Open Spaces Development Officer.

“We’ve launched an online survey to find out what residents think of facilities and opportunities that are available in our shire. We also want to hear their ideas for how we can improve sport and recreation into the future,” added Mr Marshall.

The Plan will investigate:
• Sport and recreation participation and needs
• Assess any gaps in the provision of facilities to meet current and predicted future demand
• Establish roles and responsibilities for Council and the community to address demand for sport and activities
• Investigate management models recognising challenges

The purpose of the assessment is to plan for the future sport and recreation needs in line financial resources and future funding priorities.

The Plan is being developed in conjunction with ROSS Planning, who have been engaged to complete community consultation and analysis of existing facilities. As part of the consultation process ROSS Planning are also conducting workshops with key local sport and recreation groups. The next workshop will be held on Wednesday 13 February from 5.30pm at the Ballina Surf Club.

For more information on this project or to complete the online survey visit ballina.nsw.gov.au (search sport and recreation)