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Opportunity to be involved in the State Government’s approach to sport and recreation - Circular 25.11

To Chief Executive Officer
Community Services Staff
Elected Members
Parks and Recreation Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Date 19 June 2019
Contact Katherine Russell
Email: katherine.russell@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 16 August 2019
Summary Consultation on the State Government’s proposals to increase participation in sport and supporting the sport and recreation industry are about to commence. Staff and elected members are invited to a series of consultations being held by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing, or to provide written feedback.

Sport and recreation is very important to many councils and their communities.  As well as the health and wellbeing implications in keeping communities active, sport has significant economic value and makes a great contribution to the life of local communities. 

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) has met with the LGA about its proposed consultation with councils on three key projects:

  • Game On, is about getting South Australia active.  This is a ‘call to action’ for industry leaders, government and other stakeholders to identify key opportunities and challenges for participants in and providers of sport and recreation. The project will then investigate priorities to better understand each issue from a community and expert perspective.  This will be an important project for local government to be involved in to optimise the benefits for local communities. 
 
  • The South Australian Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan will be looking at where the current gaps are in infrastructure provision and how to prioritise investment.  This will be of significant interest to local councils to ensure that its local projects are well-considered as part of the prioritisation process. 
 
  • The Grants Review will review the way the existing $53M of funding is allocated.  Many councils have been recipients of sports grants in the past, so will be interested to ensure the process considers the interests of local government. 

The LGA is hosting an event run by the ORSR for mayors and elected members here at LGA House on Monday evening, 8 July 6-8pm.  We urge you to encourage your council’s mayor or elected members with an interest in sport provision, to attend. 

The ORSR is also holding a range of events specifically designed for council staff and elected members all over the State, including:

  • Berri Barmera Council offices
  • Clare Country Club
  • Port Augusta Central Oval
  • Port Lincoln Racing Club
  • The Station at Murray Bridge
  • The Office for Recreation, Sport and racing at Kidman Park
  • Victor Harbor Civic Centre
  • Naracoorte Town Hall
  • Copper Coast Council Office in Kadina.

The LGA encourages you to attend and better understand the three key projects, as well as to represent the interests of local government in sport and recreation.  As councils are potentially affected by all three of these projects, it is important to make the voice of local government heard. 

Information about the consultation sessions and a brief discussion paper can be found here:

http://www.orsr.sa.gov.au/about_us/statewideconsultation

If you cannot attend a forum, you can still contribute to the process via a survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B6S7RFC

or provide written feedback via email by 5pm Friday 16th August 2019:

  • The Game On project: GameOn@sa.gov.au   
  • The Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan: SARecSportInfrastructurePlan@sa.gov.au 
  • The Grants Review: ORSRGrantsReview@sa.gov.au 

Please copy your feedback to Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer at the LGA, at katherine.russell@lga.sa.gov.au

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