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Sport and recreation plan opens for comment

Internationally-renowned sports consultant Wayne Goldsmith will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the draft Noosa Sport and Active Recreation Plan on Wednesday July 26. 

Goldsmith will speak on the changing nature of physical activity participation and what it means for sports clubs, governments and commercial sport and active recreation providers.

Residents are invited to attend the launch to provide comment on the draft plan and hear Wayne Goldsmith speak.

Over 400 people have contributed to the development of the draft so far including residents, sports clubs, local businesses and government departments.

“The way people participate in physical activity has changed dramatically in recent years and to provide the best outcomes for our residents the providers of these activities need to evolve too,” says Cr Brian Stockwell.

National research shows that only 50% of boys and 33% of girls participate in club sport.

“Busy lifestyles mean sports clubs are no longer the main choice for adults, with swimming at a beach, walking, mountain biking, bushwalking and cycling topping the list of all activities undertaken by Noosa residents,” Cr Stockwell said.

Findings from the Noosa Physical Activity Participation Survey, conducted between January and April this year, have helped shape the draft plan.

“Gyms, golf, tennis, gymnastics and soccer clubs are the most popular organised sports in Noosa, recording the highest memberships,” says Council Community Development Officer Amanda Tie, who oversaw development of the draft plan.

Of the 144 organisations that provide sport and active recreation opportunities in the Shire, 44% are run by commercial operators and 48% by not-for-profit groups.

The data reinforces the need for government, not-for-profit and commercial providers of sport and active recreation to work together to meet the current and future physical activity needs of residents and visitors.

“The draft plan proposes a shared vision for all providers of physical activity in the Shire and suggests recommendations and actions we can all work towards to achieve this vision,” Cr Stockwell said.

“Council looks forward to receiving the community feedback on the draft plan, when it goes live on Council’s website on July 21.”

Council will launch the Draft Plan on Wednesday, July 26, 6pm at Noosa Springs Resort. RSVP online. The plan will be available for review and comment online from Friday 21 July to 25 August.

17 July 2017