Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework

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.


We want to make sure that Darebin’s outdoor sports facilities are welcoming and well-maintained, so they can continue to meet the needs of our growing community for years to come.

Over the last 12 months, Council has been developing an Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework. This is a tool that will inform how we prioritise investment, development and renewal of Darebin’s outdoor sports facilities for the next 10 years.



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.


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.


What’s happened so far?

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.


What’s happening next?

Take a look at the draft Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework and let us know if we’ve got it right, if there’s something we’ve missed, or any other feedback you may have.

Click on the image below to view the draft Framework

Person batting a cricket ball with a bat in a cricket game

Provide your comments below by Friday 10 April.

If you would like to provide your comments by phone, please contact James on 8470 8304.

You can also ask us any questions you may have.


We want to make sure that Darebin’s outdoor sports facilities are welcoming and well-maintained, so they can continue to meet the needs of our growing community for years to come.

Over the last 12 months, Council has been developing an Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework. This is a tool that will inform how we prioritise investment, development and renewal of Darebin’s outdoor sports facilities for the next 10 years.



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.


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.


What’s happened so far?

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.


What’s happening next?

Take a look at the draft Outdoor Sports Infrastructure Framework and let us know if we’ve got it right, if there’s something we’ve missed, or any other feedback you may have.

Click on the image below to view the draft Framework

Person batting a cricket ball with a bat in a cricket game

Provide your comments below by Friday 10 April.

If you would like to provide your comments by phone, please contact James on 8470 8304.

You can also ask us any questions you may have.