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Feedback sought on future for Moira sports & recreation

Publish Date: 03/05/2016

The Moira Shire community is encouraged to have its say on the future for sports and recreation across the Shire.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said Council hopes to receive feedback from a wide range of audiences including sporting and community groups as well as tourism and business operators and from all age groups and abilities.

"Sport and recreation is important on so many levels. Eight out of ten Moira residents participate in some form of sport and recreation and it helps us attract tourism events and visitors to our region," said Mayor Cleveland.

"I encourage everyone to have a look at the draft strategy and provide their feedback online or at our community sessions that begin in Cobram on Wednesday 18 May," said Mayor Cleveland.

"Our swimming pools, recreation reserves, parks, gardens, walking tracks, along with the supporting infrastructure such as public toilets, barbecues, boat ramps and club rooms - we have a terrific mix of assets that is used by more than 150 sport and recreation groups," said Mayor Cleveland.

"By developing a ten-year Recreation Strategy we can plan how we will provide the right mix of infrastructure in the right locations while also planning for new needs and opportunities," said Mayor Cleveland.

Mayor Cleveland explained that Council invests $5-6 million each year, about 11% of Council’s budget, into its existing sport and recreation facilities and services.

"With rate capping and increased competition for grant funding, we need to maximise the return to the community and the Strategy already indicates there are some tough decisions ahead," said Mayor Cleveland.

"The strategy will help us navigate these challenges - in particular our limited funding, aging traditional sports facilities, rapidly growing demands for alternative sports and recreation activities and the spiralling public safety and other regulatory requirements.

Feedback on the draft Recreation Strategy must be with by Council by 1 June 2016. Council will also host four community information sessions with staff available to discuss the strategy and receive feedback. Details of the sessions are as follows:

 Wednesday 18 May

9am – 12pm

Moira Shire Office, Cobram

Wednesday 18 May

1pm – 4pm

Moira Shire Office, Yarrawonga

Thursday 19 May

9am – 12pm

Numurkah Visitor Information Centre

Thursday 19 May

1pm – 4pm

Barmah Heritage Centre, Nathalia

"You are welcome to pop-in to a session or you can book in a time by calling our Customer Service team on 5871 9222," said Mayor Cleveland.

The draft strategy and further information on how to provide feedback is available on Council’s website and from its Service Centres.

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