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Active Warrnambool

Active Warrnambool Strategy

What is the Active Warrnambool Strategy?
The strategy known as Active Warrnambool will replace the Warrnambool Recreation Plan 2007-17. It will inform Council's planning and provision of sport, recreation and physical activity for the next ten years.

RELATED NEWS: A focus on sport and recreation

What is the status of the project?

Stage 1: Community Engagement
April to June 2017
More than 2000 people provided input

Stage 1: Consulation Findings
The first stage of consultation for Active Warrnambool occurred as part of the W2040 Community Plan engagement, and was completed in July 2017.

Over 1,200 surveys and 8,000 comments were received. Questions related to sport, recreation and physical activity participation were benchmarked against the AusPlay survey (National participation data for the sport sector).

It may not be a surprise to know that walking, swimming, fitness/gym and cycling are the top four (which is consistent with the National findings), but local residents are also more likely to be participating in bushwalking, fishing, Aussie rules, surfing, yoga or Pilates and athletics/track and field. Whilst surfing, fishing and Aussie rules all rank in the top 25 activities Nationally, they rank in the top ten locally. 

Read the full findings report

Stage 2: Focus Groups
October 31 - November 2 2017
100 participants across three sessions to further investigate the following key issues associated with the following themes:

 Providing facilities for formal (ie sports grounds and indoor stadiums) and informal (ie walking/cycling trails and playgrounds) sport and recreation

 Creating a more physically active Warrnambool (with particular focus on the one third of community who are not physically active)

 Supporting the sustainability of sporting clubs

Stage 3: Issues and Opportunities discussion paper 
March 2018
Issues and Opportunities Discussion Paper

Stage 4: Focus Groups
August 2018
To test the draft recommendations.

Stage 5: Draft Strategy 
November 2018

This project is supported by the Warrnambool City Council and the Victorian Government.

For further information contact Kim White, Senior Recreation Planner, 5559 4800 or recreation [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au 



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