27 January 2017
Report no: PRC2017/1/48
Regional Sport and Recreation Plan for the Wellington Region
Purpose of Report
1. To seek Council’s endorsement and support of a new Wellington Regional Strategy for Sport and Active Recreation.
It is recommended that the Committee recommend that Council:
(i) endorses the ‘Wellington Sport and Active Recreation Strategy’;
(ii) agrees that all future significant Council decisions relating to Sport and Active Recreation should be done in the context of the new regional strategy;
(iii) notes that officers are already proactively working with regional colleagues regarding a regional mountain biking plan; and
(iv) appoints a political champion to this strategy.
2. In 2015 the region’s Mayors, key City Councillors and relevant Council officers met at the Dowse with leaders from Sport Wellington and Sport NZ to have an open discussion on the opportunities and challenges for sport and recreation in the wider Wellington region.
3. It was agreed at this meeting that a strategic regional plan was necessary. Sport New Zealand identified this as a priority and provided Sport Wellington with funding to facilitate the development of a plan.
4. Sport Wellington have invested significant time and effort working alongside Regional and National Sporting Organisations, funders and Councils to support the development of a Strategic Plan.
5. Please find attached as appendix 1 the Living Well – Wellington Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2016 – 2026.
6. The plan is essentially about driving participation and ensuring key sport and recreation decisions made by Councils, funders, and sporting organisations etc reflect a regional approach.
7. The plan is broken into five key areas of focus:
a. Participation Opportunities
b. Regional Sporting success
c. Spaces and Places
d. Workforce excellence
e. Strategic Investment
8. Local Government plays an essential role in all five of these focus areas and in particular with regards to ‘spaces and places’ where sport and recreation is carried out. The plan identifies the need for a Regional Facilities Plan.
9. Officers support the plan and the need for regional collaboration. Already officers are working with the Region on a regional mountain biking strategy.
10. The plan is also consistent with already approved Hutt City Council strategies – most notably the Leisure and Wellbeing Strategy and the Long Term Integrated Community Facilities Plan.
11. In making this recommendation, officers have given careful consideration to the purpose of local government in section 10 of the Local Government Act 2002. Officers believe that this recommendation falls within the purpose of the local government.
Attachment to report 17/88 - Regional Sport & Recreation Plan for the Wellington Region (Under Separate Cover)
Author: Matt Reid
General Manager Community Services
Approved By: Tony Stallinger