An important plan aimed at supporting sport and active recreation across Alpine Shire communities is now available for public feedback.
19 November 2021
Alpine Shire Council is calling on community members, active recreation groups and sporting clubs to share their views on the Draft Alpine Sport and Active Recreation Plan.
Alpine Shire Mayor Sarah Nicholas said the plan is a valuable tool to help promote and grow active recreation and sport across the Alpine Shire, particularly among groups that may not currently be active.
“There are significant benefits to participation in sport and active recreation for community members of all ages,” she said.
“The mental and physical wellbeing that comes with being active, along with the development of strong social connections through involvement in sport and activity are essential to a thriving community.
“The availability of inclusive, accessible and diverse sport and active recreation pursuits also enhances liveability and plays an important role in attracting new residents to the Shire.”
The Draft Alpine Sport and Active Recreation Plan provides a strategic framework to guide Council’s investment in sport and active recreation over the next 12 years, to ensure that resources have the greatest positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the community.
Following adoption of the document Council will prepare an Action Plan, which will identify how Council will deliver on the plan’s key strategies.
Any new sporting or recreation infrastructure projects identified in the Action Plan will be placed in Council’s Project Pipeline for consideration by Council in the future.
Cr Nicholas said the plan has been developed in consultation with key internal and external stakeholders and is supported by a strong evidence base.
“Data from the Victorian Population Health Survey (2017) shows a concerning level of inactivity among Alpine Shire residents,” she said.
“It shows that 45% of adults in the Alpine Shire are insufficiently active to achieve health benefits, compared with 44% of Victorians.
“Combined, 85% of local residents over 18 years of age or over are either overweight or obese, compared with 70% of Victorians.
“We encourage anyone with an interest in sport and active recreation, or who wants to become more active, to read the plan and tell us what they think.”
Copies of the plan are available at Bright, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty libraries and Visitor Information Centres, as well as the Bright Council Office and online.