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Recreation and Open Space Strategy Review

Strategy adopted by Council

Council adopted the Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2018 on 27 February 2018.


Council engaged ROSS Planning Inc to review and update the Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2010. The Strategy provides a guide for planning, development, management and use of recreation facilities and open space in Eurobodalla.

The strategy's scope includes recreation and open space in the broad context of sport, unstructured recreation, health and fitness and recreation facilities.

This project included:

  • community engagement with targeted stakeholders and the broader community to establish demand
  • examining Council’s current recreation network to determine if it is meeting current and future needs of our community
  • identifying gaps, challenges and strengths within the recreation network and appropriate responses
  • reviewing and clarifying the hierarchy and framework for classification of recreation facilities and spaces
  • developing principles for management, development and design
  • balancing the provisioning of new and decommissioning of existing facilities and/or space to achieve value for money and best outcomes for community
  • defining a vision, strategies and priority goals for our recreation network
  • detailing a measurable implementation and action plan able to be integrated into Council Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, cycles and system
  • draft landscape master plans for up to three of Council’s major sports fields.

Community engagement

Engaging the community allowed Council to identify key community demands and aspirations for recreation in Eurobodalla. Council asked the community to get involved during July 2016 to have their say via a range of methods, including:

  • Online surveys
  • Sport and Recreation ‘Time Out’ evening workshops
  • Key recreation provider interviews
  • Additional stakeholder interviews
  • Direct submissions and updated data in 2017

Latest News


  • The Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2018 was adopted by Council on Tuesday 27 February 2018.
  • The Strategy details 85 actions and standards of service aimed at improving sportsgrounds, playgrounds, reserves, community facilities and recreation services across Eurobodalla with the vast majority of these actions prioritised to be completed within the next five years.
  • 173 members of the community/community groups provided feedback on the draft document. In response to this feedback, Council added 24 new actions to the recommendations, and 41 were modified to better reflect community need.


  • Submission to the draft Recreation and Open Space Strategy closed on Tuesday 14 November.
  • ROSS Planning has analysed the data collected and is assisting Council to prepare a draft for public exhibition by October 2017. During the exhibition period the community will have the opportunity to review the document, see how the community submissions have been incorporated and supply feedback.


  • Initial community consultation for the Recreation and Open Space Strategy review was completed on 31 July 2016.
  • Council engaged ROSS Planning Inc to review and update the Recreation and Open Space Strategy.

More information

For more information please contact temporary Recreation Planner Steve Picton: