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Spaces and Places Strategy endorsed by Bay of Plenty councils
A new strategy, endorsed by the mayors and chief executives of all six Bay of Plenty councils, has been created to put parameters around the long-term investment and development of sport and recreation facilities in the region.
The Bay of Plenty Sport and Recreation Spaces and Places Strategy provides a high-level strategic framework for regional sport and recreation facility planning. By working in a collaborative manner, Sport Bay of Plenty, Sport New Zealand and local government have developed a strategic view of the regional priorities for future sport and recreation spaces and places.
Mayors and chief executives from Opotiki, Whakatane, Kawerau and Western Bay of Plenty District Councils, Tauranga City Council and Rotorua Lakes Council have all endorsed the strategy, which will begin implementation from 1st July 2017.
Sport Bay of Plenty Chief Executive Heidi Lichtwark applauded the foresight of the regional mayors and chief executives to back this strategy, stating “working together to determine the priorities for future needs of the region allows the councils to plan for their communities’ sport and active recreation needs.”
Planning for the strategy began following discussions with key stakeholders about the need for a strategic document that provided a stocktake of sport and recreation facilities. This was in order to better understand the current state of provision in the region and enable the development of a decision-making tool to identify any gaps or duplication of provision.
From research undertaken by Sport Bay of Plenty, consultation with the relevant sports codes and reflection on the existing strategies of the local authority partners, this decision-making framework has been established and will help determine the priority needs for the region in the short-term (one to three years), medium-term (four to 10 years) and long-term (10+ years).
The Bay of Plenty Sport and Recreation Spaces and Places Strategy will be used in conjunction with other key council documents to streamline workflow and encourage collaboration across the region.
Sport New Zealand’s Community Sport Facilities Consultant Jamie Delich praises the strategy for its ability to unite local government and sporting bodies, with a view to improve facilities in the region for the community as a whole.
Delich adds “throughout New Zealand there has been duplication and fragmentation in the development of sporting facilities, resulting in inefficient use of the scarce resources.
“The Bay of Plenty regional strategy provides the region’s local government, sports codes and funders the foundation for determining future needs using a collaborative and inclusive approach.”
Since being endorsed, the strategy provides a reference tool, with the focus now on the implementation from 1st July 2017.
For more information go to www.sportbop.co.nz/community-sport/spaces-and-places-strategy
Image: Sport Bay of Plenty
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