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Active Warrnambool

Active Warrnambool Strategy

What is the Active Warrnambool Strategy?
The strategy known as Active Warrnambool will replace the Warrnambool Recreation Plan 2007-17. It will inform Council's planning and provision of sport, recreation and physical activity for the next ten years.

RELATED NEWS: A focus on sport and recreation

What is the status of the project?

Stage 1: Community Engagement
April to June 2017
More than 2000 people provided input

Stage 1: Consulation Findings
The first stage of consultation for Active Warrnambool occurred as part of the W2040 Community Plan engagement, and was completed in July 2017.

Over 1,200 surveys and 8,000 comments were received. Questions related to sport, recreation and physical activity participation were benchmarked against the AusPlay survey (National participation data for the sport sector).

It may not be a surprise to know that walking, swimming, fitness/gym and cycling are the top four (which is consistent with the National findings), but local residents are also more likely to be participating in bushwalking, fishing, Aussie rules, surfing, yoga or Pilates and athletics/track and field. Whilst surfing, fishing and Aussie rules all rank in the top 25 activities Nationally, they rank in the top ten locally. 

Read the full findings report

Stage 2: Focus Groups
October 31 - November 2 2017
Further investigate key issues

Stage 3: Forum
Early 2018
Confirm goals and priorities

Stage 4: Draft Strategy

Recruitment is now underway to identify participants for the second stage of consultation, Stage 2 Focus Groups. There are a range of issues and opportunities that the project needs to address that will be considered under three themes with feedback and direction sought through focus groups.  The focus group themes, outlined below, were also informed by the findings already received during the first stage of consultation as part of the W2040 Community Plan - where over 1,200 surveys and 8,000 comments were received.

Focus Group Themes
 Providing facilities for formal (ie sports grounds and indoor stadiums) and informal (ie walking/cycling trails and playgrounds) sport and recreation

 Creating a more physically active Warrnambool (with particular focus on the one third of community who are not physically active)

 Supporting the sustainability of sporting clubs

The focus groups will each comprise up to 40 people that are a mix of selected and self-nominated participants that are involved or have interest in sport, recreation and physical activity. Approximately two thirds of the participants will be members of clubs and organisations, reference groups and local agencies, and one third will be filled by interested persons who express an interest in the process..

The recruitment process aims to establish a focus group that reflects a diversity of participants including a balance of demographics and interests in organised and unorganised sport and recreation pursuits.

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For further information contact or call 5559 4463.

This project is supported by the Warrnambool City Council and the Victorian Government.



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