Metropolitan Area Recreation Advisory Group (WA)

Next Meeting: the group meets 11am to 1pm on the second Thursday of November, March, July.

Location: Department of Sport, Local Government and Cultural Industries
Address: 246 Vincent Street, Leederville
Contact Marissa MacDonald (Secretariat):

Please note MARAG members are able to obtain Minutes and Agenda by drop box. Please contact Leith Fradd (PLAWA) if you require access noting that the minutes and agenda are only available to MARAG members.

MARAG is comprised of sport and recreation employees from local government authorities situated in the Perth metropolitan area; and associated representatives from the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries; Parks and Leisure Australia (WA Branch); Western Australia Local Government Association; Western Australian Sports Federation; and the university sector. The aim of MARAG is to provide leadership, coordination, advocacy and strategic direction for metropolitan sport and recreation facilities, programs, services and projects. The group will work together to identify and address current and emerging sport and recreation issues and opportunities within the metropolitan area. Local government provides a significant amount of resources to support the delivery of sport and recreation within the community, such as: provision of sporting facilities; parks and reserves; leisure programming; funding assistance; club development; and professional development and training opportunities. It is essential that the local government sector, through advisory groups like MARAG, work together with the state government and other key partners like PLA (WA), WALGA, WASF and local universities to achieve effective sport and recreation outcomes for the community. The ultimate aim is to optimise participation in sport and recreation to enhance physical and mental well-being of the community.

Key Priorities

  1. Engagement with state sporting associations;
  2. Sport and recreation facility planning;
  3. Sporting competitions and season change-overs;
  4. Encouraging participation of women in sport;
  5. Effective governance; fees and charges; and
  6. Capacity-building of sporting and recreation clubs.
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