Recreation and Open Space Strategy out and about for public comment

Eurobodalla Council is inviting residents and ratepayers to comment on a draft Recreation and Open Space Strategy.

Mayor Liz Innes said the new strategy has been developed by consultants in consultation with the community and council staff to ensure a coordinated and open approach to recreation planning and delivery.

“I’m pleased to say that more than 400 individuals and 20 sporting and community groups provided information and guidance to the development of the draft document,” she said.

“This is very much a community-driven strategy and I encourage residents to look over it and let us know what they think.

“We’ve divided the document into twelve localities which take into account the local pressures, needs and characteristics of each area.

“When residents download or read the document, they can look at the whole strategy or just their neighbourhood and the areas that interest them,” Clr Innes said.

The scope of the draft strategy covers council-owned and/or managed public open space. It includes recommendations on community halls and centres, sporting fields, parks, reserves, playgrounds and nature recreation areas.

Clr Innes explained that the strategy is not designed to provide a detailed analysis and direction for each and every parcel of land, but rather, to provide Council with strategic guidance.

“The strategy addresses current key issues, emerging trends and expected future demands on recreation and open space facilities,” she said.

“It also provides the supporting evidence to allocate community resources and secure funding for recreation and sporting infrastructure priorities over the next ten years.”

A wide community engagement process occurred to inform the Recreation and Open Space Strategy, including community workshops and surveys, sporting and recreational group surveys, school visits and Council’s Youth Committee.

The full strategy and 12 locality PDFs are available at

Hard copies of the strategy are available at Council’s Administration Centre in Moruya, the libraries and swimming pools.

Council welcomes feedback to the draft plan until close of business on Wednesday 25 October 2017. To make a submission, email, write to PO Box 99 Moruya 2537, or use the online feedback form

Above: Council’s recreation planner Steve Picton (left) and recreation manager Mark Upson are encouraging locals to look over the new Recreation and Open Space Strategy and provide their feedback about plans for Eurobodalla’s sportsfields, parks, playgrounds and recreation areas.

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