Recreation Strategy adopted by Council

All feedback has been reviewed and compiled into an engagement summary report which was presented to Council's Strategic & Corporate Committee on Monday 17 July 2023 along with a number of recommended amendments to the draft Recreation Strategy. The list of recommended amendments can be viewed on page 162-163 of the meeting agenda. You can also read the meeting minutes.

A report was then taken to Council on Monday 24 July 2023 where Council adopted the recommended amendments. Read the meeting agenda and minutes.

Project background

Whether it's walking the dog, picnicking in the park, swimming in the ocean or playing team footy, being active and outdoors enriches lives. Sport, recreation and access to open space has numerous mental and physical health, social, economic and environmental benefits.

Council takes a lead role in providing opportunities for recreation, and this responsibility has become even more important after the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the community's appreciation and expectation for quality open spaces throughout the LGA grow.

That is why Council has engaged an independent consultant, Ross Planning, to create the new Draft Recreation Strategy, which:

  • Provides an up-to-date understanding of the community's recreation needs and current issues, for example
    • availability of lighting at sports fields
    • need for supporting amenities
    • traffic and parking issues
  • Identifies existing opportunities for improvement
  • Outlines priority actions for the future, for example
    • development of youth spaces
    • increased ground maintenance
    • creation of master plans for selected district parks

We have also created a video presentation summarising the new draft Plans of Management, Recreation Strategy and Playspace Strategy.

Have your say

We surveyed 211 people, 13 sporting clubs and held workshops with staff, sporting organisations, schools and other stakeholders in the creation of this draft plan, however we'd now like to know if you think we got it right.

We invite you to comment on the draft via the short form below before Monday 3 April 2023.

Your feedback will be used to create the final Recreation Strategy, which we will share here later this year.

Come talk to us

Attend a drop-in session to find out more about the strategies and speak to us about your ideas.

  • Wednesday March 1, 4.30pm to 6pm at Christison Park (adjacent the multi-sports courts and fitness equipment in the North East Corner).
  • Thursday March 2, 4.30pm to 6pm at Lyne Park (adjacent the playground).
  • Saturday March 4, 9.30am to 11am at Lyne Park (adjacent the playground).
  • Wednesday March 8, 4.30pm to 6pm at Trumper Park (at the Glenmore Rd and Hampden St intersection of Trumper Oval).
  • Thursday March 9, 7.30am to 9am at Christison Park (adjacent the multi-sports courts and fitness equipment in the North East Corner).
  • Thursday March 9, 4.30pm to 6pm at Rushcutters Bay Park (opposite the playground).
  • Saturday March 11, 9.30am to 11am at Rushcutters Bay Park (opposite the playground).
  • Wednesday 29 March, 4.30pm to 6pm at Steyne Park (adjacent the rotunda).

In the case of wet weather, these events will be rescheduled. Please refer to this page for pop-up session rescheduling.

Comment on the draft Recreation Strategy

Submissions closed on 3 April 2023.