Community forums to gauge sport and recreation priorities

Residents are being encouraged to have their say on the sport and recreation needs of the Burdekin Shire community over the next 10 years.

Burdekin Shire Council will develop a 2018-2028 Sport and Recreation Plan to guide the provision of sporting infrastructure and services for years to come and project consultant Otium Planning Group is running a series of community forums in Ayr and Giru this Monday.

From 5.30pm to 7pm on Monday, 13 November residents are invited to attend either the Council Chambers at 145 Young Street Ayr or the School of Arts Building at 3 Invicta Road Giru, to participate in their local Community Forum.

The Burdekin’s youth are being asked to give their feedback too, so earlier that afternoon, the consultant will also be hosting a youth consultation event from 4pm-5pm at the Council Chambers in Young Street, Ayr.
A stall will also be held at the Home Hill Harvest Festival this Saturday.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin encouraged all residents to take the time to have their say.

“Council is planning for the future and wants your ideas and input on sport and recreation across the Burdekin region,” she said.

Community members can also get involved by participating in an online survey on Burdekin Shire Council’s website Sport and Recreation Plan 2018-2028 Survey.

Hard copies of survey are available at the Ayr and Home Hill branches of Burdekin Library and Council’s Customer Service Centre.

“Your views about sport and recreation participation, activities, facilities and services will help us to set priorities and plan for the future,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The last 10 year plan was prepared back in 2007 and with this having reached the end of its planning cycle, Council is seeking an update of the sport and recreation needs of the Burdekin community.

“Sport and recreation plays a crucial role in supporting the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of Burdekin residents.

“It is important Council is proactive in this area.”

Cr McLaughlin said the 10-year plan would identify key priorities and investigate a range of issues including Council’s role, how parks, sport and recreation facilities are managed and what parks, sport and recreation services are important to the community.

“It will identify the shortfalls, surplus and opportunities in the Shire’s sport and recreational supply, ” she said.

Council received $43,800 through the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program to develop the 10-year plan and has engaged sport and recreation planning specialist Otium Planning Group to conduct the work following a recent tender process.

“I thank the Queensland Government for its support in making this initiative possible,” Cr McLaughlin said.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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