Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework

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The draft Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework has now been developed. Council is now inviting the community to provide feedback on the framework. Please let us know your thoughts on the scoring criteria and tell us if there are any gaps or something we have missed.


At its meeting on 29 June 2020, Council endorsed the Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework.

The scoring and methodology remain unchanged further to this consultation process but some minor additions to the Framework were made, including cycling statistics and an additional lighting project (for cycling) on the priority list. These changes were made as a result of the feedback received.

View the final Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework


Background

This framework is a continuation of Council’s commitment to maintaining, upgrading and renewing leisure infrastructure as identified in the Leisure Strategy 2010-2020.

During the development of the Leisure Strategy 2010–2020, we consulted extensively


At its meeting on 29 June 2020, Council endorsed the Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework.

The scoring and methodology remain unchanged further to this consultation process but some minor additions to the Framework were made, including cycling statistics and an additional lighting project (for cycling) on the priority list. These changes were made as a result of the feedback received.

View the final Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework


Background

This framework is a continuation of Council’s commitment to maintaining, upgrading and renewing leisure infrastructure as identified in the Leisure Strategy 2010-2020.

During the development of the Leisure Strategy 2010–2020, we consulted extensively with the community, seeking input from sporting clubs, residents, primary and secondary schools, representative committees including the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council and Darebin Disability Advisory Committee and focus groups with representatives from new and emerging communities.

The need for upgrades and improvements to existing sporting and recreational facilities was one of the key issues identified in this process, and informed two directions within the Leisure Strategy 2010 – 2020:

  • Direction 3.2 – Develop a framework to ensure existing and future leisure infrastructure is renewed, upgraded, maintained and operated to meet service standards to support participation in leisure activity;
  • Direction 3.5 – Develop a pavilion hierarchy and development plan to guide the future redevelopment of pavilions with a priority given to clubs who are meeting the Leisure Strategy Vision and goals.

These directions resulted in the development of the Outdoor Sports Venues Infrastructure Plan 2013, which has seen approximately $15.4 million of funding for facility renewal and development over the last seven years.

With majority of projects from this plan having now been delivered, the Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework has been developed to reflect current Council goals and strategic direction.


Engagement Summary

In developing the Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework, we undertook a comprehensive audit of Darebin’s outdoor sporting infrastructure, including:

  • Age and condition assessment;
  • Fit for purpose and functionality assessment; and
  • Alignment to relevant State Sporting Association preferred facility guidelines

We surveyed clubs and organisations that use Darebin’s outdoor sporting facilities to help identify key issues and needs with current facilities, based on existing participation. The survey also provided an opportunity for users to guide the future provision, upgrade and development of these facilities based on projected participation growth.

Along with consideration for relevant Council strategies and goals, this process has helped form a scoring matrix, which will be used to assess each facility and provide input into how Council determines future infrastructure priorities. The matrix considers the following criteria:

  • Fit for Purpose and Functionality: building condition, environmentally sustainable design (ESD), and meeting relevant sports code requirements. This includes ensuring that facilities meet Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements and have change rooms and toilets for unisex participation.
  • Participation Outcomes: how can the facility increase participation, in particular for groups currently not catered for or underrepresented such as ability, age, cultural diversity and gender.
  • Need and Community Benefit: improves the self-sufficiency and viability of user groups, increases use for formal and informal activities and promotes and/or supports community wellbeing.

The draft Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework was open for the final round of consultation in April 2020. Sixty-one sports clubs were emailed and encouraged to provide feedback with a reminder email being sent on 20 April inviting any final comment.

The consultation was promoted to the wider community through four social media posts linking to the Your Say Darebin project page between 1-16 April.

Consultation closed on 24 April 2020 with 11 responses received from sports clubs.

In summary, the feedback:

  • Expressed support for the Framework to deliver a strategic and evidence-based scoring system to identify priority projects.
  • Queried timelines in relation to specific projects.
  • Requested clarification on infrastructure excluded from the Framework (e.g. ground works and fencing)