REGIONAL SPORT PLANS OPEN FOR FEEDBACK

Community sporting groups in regional New South Wales are set to benefit from the release of key strategies supporting sports planning and delivery over the next five years. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the plans draw on concepts developed by the Australian Sports Commission.

“This is an important first step in the process of gathering community feedback to ensure that we invest in the right mix of sports facilities that meet the needs of unique communities,” Mr Barilaro “Nine Sport and Active Recreation plans have been developed with 30 – 40 strategies, inclusive of proposed initiatives specific to each of the regional areas.“The plans will support participation across the state, through improving accessibility to sports facilities and ovals and supporting programs that foster community involvement.

“Plans have been developed for the Central West and Orana, New England/North West, Riverina Murray, Far West, North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, Illawarra Shoalhaven and South East and Tablelands.” Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said key proposals in the plans like the ‘stay in your sport’ coach education program will encourage promising your stars to continue with their chosen sport.“We are also looking to attract more valued sporting events to regional NSW through events such as Surfest, the largest surf festival in the Southern hemisphere which takes places in the Hunter region,” Mr Ayres said. “Other proposals include the planning of female-friendly sporting facilities and the establishment of a sports hub to support multi-purpose sports.”