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The strategy outlines how outdoor spaces in the region will be planned, maintained and delivered to 2035. These spaces include parks, gardens, sports fields, playgrounds, dog parks, foreshore areas, walkways, cycleways and other public places.

View the open space and recreation strategy 2023-2035 below

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If you are having trouble viewing the document in the interactive PDF viewer, you may also download the full Open Space and Recreation Strategy 2023-2035 in the Document library on this page.

exhibition period

The draft strategy was on public exhibition for community feedback from May - June 2023, where we received 60 formal submissions.

The feedback received from the community was considered and some changes were made to the draft document.

The strategy was then adopted by the elected Council at the 26 July 2023 Ordinary Meeting.

community Feedback

The feedback from the submissions touched on several key areas such as off-leash dog areas, trails and footpaths, beach access, and fencing at play spaces.

We took these individual requests relevant to the specific locations and have included them in the action plan, which can be found in the adopted strategy.

How did we get here?

From June - November 2022 we went out to the community to ask them how they use outdoor spaces across the region.

From this feedback, we developed a draft Open Space and Recreation Strategy to help guide how we manage and maintain outdoor spaces in the region over the next 12 years.

You can read more about the what you told us during the first phase of engagement below.

Learn more about what you told us

What you told us from June - November 2022. This feedback helped us develop the draft strategy.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    May - October 2022

    First phase of engagement using survey and mapping tools for you to tell us how you value outdoor spaces in the MidCoast and provide feedback on the Open Space and Recreation Needs Analysis

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    October - November 2022

    Detailed discussions with the community on current and future needs and priorities

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    November 2022 - April 2023

    The draft strategy is written considering all feedback and information

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    15 May - 27 June 2023

    The draft Open Space and Recreation Strategy available for community feedback while on public exhibition. We held five community drop in sessions.

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    July 2023

    Final community feedback is considered in producing the strategy

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    26 July 2023

    Adoption of Open Space and Recreation Strategy by Council

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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