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Active Warrnambool

A focus on sport and recreation

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 28 September 2017

Anyone with an interest in making Warrnambool a better place to be physically active is encouraged to join a focus group and help develop Council’s new sport, recreation and physical activity strategy.

The new strategy, known as Active Warrnambool, will help inform Council’s planning and provision of sport, recreation and physical activity for the next ten years.

Three focus groups will build on the feedback garnered through the recent W2040 consultation, which saw more than 1200 surveys and 8000 comments submitted regarding what Warrnambool should look like in 20 years.

Much of the feedback related to sport, recreation and physical activity.

Council’s Senior Recreation Planner Kim White said that being physically active is one of the best things we can all do to improve our health and wellbeing.

“An important role of Council is to provide facilities that enable people to be active. This can be through the provision of formal facilities such as sports grounds and informal facilities such as walking and cycling trails,” she said.

“Whilst it is great to see that the number of residents who are getting enough physical activity has increased over the past four years, one in three residents remain inactive. Determining ways for more residents of all ages and abilities to be more active more regularly will be a key focus of the Strategy.

“Sporting clubs provide opportunities for people to be healthy and active together. They are important contributors to vibrant regional and rural communities and data from VicHealth confirms that club-based participation in our municipality is high, almost twice as high as the state average.” The Strategy will look at ways to help clubs to be sustainable for the long-term.

To express your interest in joining a focus group or for further information on Active Warrnambool visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/active-warrnambool-strategy

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