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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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.
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.
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
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