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The Sport and Active Recreation Plan

The Noosa Sport and Active Recreation Plan will provide an understanding of the current position and potential for future development of the local sport and active recreation sector from grass roots to elite participation, including administration and coaching. Additionally, the plan will identify key stakeholders (including Council) and how they can support the mechanisms that enable residents and visitors to fully participate in the sector as a provider or participant.


Here is the Noosa Sport and Active Recreation Plan Project Brief [148KB].

The Draft Sport and Active Recreation Plan is now open for viewing and public feedback until 25 August 2017.

Members of the public can provide feedback via:

  • by commenting on YourSay Noosa here 

Public Launch of DRAFT Noosa Sport and Active Recreation Plan 2017

A great night at the launch of the Draft Sport and Active Recreation Plan recently at Noosa Springs Resort. Key note speaker Wayne Goldsmith gave the crowd more than a few things to think about to enable sport and active recreation organisations  to 'survive' in a changing and challenging industry. See video

Council is looking forward to seeing all the feedback on the Draft Plan, open for comment until 25 August. For a copy of the plan and the opportunity to have your say please visit Your Say Noosa 

Definitions of Sport and Active Recreation

For the purpose of the Draft Plan it was essential to clearly define both “sport” and “active recreation”.


  • has formalised rules, competition and conditions of play
  • has a formalised structure and a recognised representative body at a regional, state and/or national level

“Active Recreation”

  • activities that require some level of physical exertion as a core element (above a baseline level) and are undertaken by people for enjoyment in their own free time with a reasonable expectation that participation will increase physical fitness
  • may include indoor or outdoor activities

Key Findings

  • While children are more likely to be physically active through a sports club than any other avenue, sports clubs are not the main choice for physical activity participation for adults who have a preference toward non-sport related activities that fit around busy lifestyles
  • Swimming at a beach or natural water way, walking, mountain biking, bushwalking and cycling are the top physical activities for Noosa residents who completed the survey.
  • Highest memberships within a formal or organised setting for physical activity were recorded for gyms, golf, tennis, gymnastics and soccer.
  • 144 organisations provide sport and active recreation opportunities in the Shire with 44% run by commercial operators and 48% by not for profit groups.
  • 45% of facilities providing sport and active recreation opportunities in the Shire are privately owned, with council only controlling about one third of all venues.
  • Government, not for profit and commercial providers of sport and active recreation need to work together to meet the current and future physical activity needs of residents and visitors

Community Consultation

To ensure the plan is evidenced-based, Council is seeking data and information from local not-for-profit sporting groups, commercial providers of sport or active recreation activities (see scope for definition of “active recreation”), State and Regional Sporting Organisations and Noosa residents and visitors. 

  • Over 350 residents, 32 businesses, 38 sports clubs, 57 peak sporting bodies and State Government bodies have already contributed information for the Draft Plan.
  • A Community Reference Group of interested residents was formed to help direct and inform the Draft Plan
  • Public feedback on the Draft Plan will be received from July21 to August 25 2017 and can be provided by:
    • Visiting the displays at either the Noosaville or Cooroy Library and providing written feedback
    • Commenting on Your Say Noosa


Draft Plan available for public feedback and Comment 21 July to 25 August 2017. The final plan presented to council for endorsement October 2017

More Information

For more information please email our Community Development Officer.