Sport & Recreation Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Sports and Recreation Pillar

The G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar held a ‘Planning Workshop’ on 3 December 2018.

The workshop was well attended by Pillar members with 14 participants and generously facilitated by Libby Mears, Chief Executive Officer, Leisure Networks.

The role and objectives of the Sport and Recreation Pillar was discussed and summarised as follows:

  • Regional Sport Planning
  • Infrastructure development and planning
  • Collective advocacy & support
  • Information sharing & collective expertise
  • Enhanced partnerships, enabling projects to move forward.

‘Advocacy’ was identified as a key role of the pillar, with future Pillar Priority Projects fitting into themes as follows:

  • Regional Planning
  • Infrastructure
  • Sport & Active Recreation Development
  • Emerging Opportunities - Longer Term
  • Current Challenges (influenced by demographic trends)

A range of projects were identified under each theme and then shortlisted by consensus which identified five projects for further scoping before determining the pillars priority projects:

Theme Project
Regional Planning Inclusive Play Strategy (Accessibility - Women, Children, Disability)
Infrastructure Waurn Ponds Sports Precinct
Regional Planning State of Play Review (Regional Sports Strategies)
Regional Planning Basketball/Indoor Facilities Strategy
Emerging Opportunities Data (evidence based planning)


G21 Regional Hockey Strategy

The Project Control Group (PCG) and consultants finalised the Strategy after considering the feedback from the December 2018 public exhibition of the draft strategy.  The Strategy will be endorsed by the PCG in February 2019, endorsed by the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar in March 2019 and received by the G21 Councils in March/April 2019.  Following this, the G21 Regional Hockey Strategy will be presented to the G21 Board for noting.

G21 Regional Cricket Strategy

The G21 & Cricket Victoria Barwon Regional Cricket Strategy is currently in its final stages of completion.  Feedback received during the public exhibition period is currently being considered by the Project Control Group with the aim to present the final draft to the G21 Sport & Recreation Pillar and G21 LGA’s prior to June 2019.  Following Council endorsement, the Strategy will be considered by the G21 Board for noting.

Thank you to outgoing Chair, Ian Hicks

A big thank you to Ian Hicks (City of Greater Geelong) for his leadership and hard work during his term as Pillar Chair.  We would also like to thank and acknowledge Fiona Zinn (City of Greater Geelong) for her exceptional administrative support in preparing agenda’s and minutes for the Pillar.

We welcome Shaan Briggs (Surf Coast) as the newly appointed Chair and Dean Veenstra (Golden Plains) as Deputy Chair.  Pillar members are looking forward to the good work of the Sport and Recreation Pillar continuing under new leadership.