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12 Aug 2022 8:39 pm

The Victorian State Government has recently released three important documents two new funding opportunities for our sector .

Catch all the news on the new releases from Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Sport and Recreation Victoria), Office for Women in Spot and Recreation, and Department of Families, Fairness and Housing below.

Active Victoria 2022 - 2026

Active Victoria 2022-2026 is an update of the 2017 blueprint that sets out Victoria’s six priorities for sport and active recreation:

  • Increasing equitable participation in sport and active recreation
  • Delivering quality infrastructure that is accessible, respectful and inclusive
  • Building the capability of the sport and active recreation workforce
  • Implementing good governance practices to ensure a safe and sustainable sector
  • Supporting a pipeline of sporting events within the Victorian events calendar; and
  • Encouraging Victorians to achieve success at the highest level through high performance

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Fair Access Policy Roadmap

The Australian first   is set to deliver equitable access to publicly owned community sports infrastructure across the state, helping to level the playing field for women and girls in community sport.

From July 2024, all Victorian councils will need to ensure fair access to sporting facilities for people of all genders to be considered eligible to receive infrastructure funding.

In partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria and VicHealth, the Roadmap is being delivered through the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation and aligns with Victoria’s   Gender Equality Act 2020 .

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Our promise, Your future: Victoria's Youth Strategy 2022 - 2027

This five year, whole of Victorian government strategy includes 74 directions to drive change in all aspects of young people's lives.

Through the 2022-23 state budget more than $605 million has been invested to bolster initiatives, resources and programs to support implementation of the strategy and assist young people.

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Youth Aquatics Accreditation Program

This program provides financial assistance to young people aged 17 to 25 years to undertake accreditation to ensure they are qualified to teach swimming and water safety. The new Program has been supported through the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to deliver the Victorian Government’s Our Promise, Your future: Victoria’s youth strategy 2022-27.

The program provides young people with an entry point to allow them to pursue or continue career opportunities in the aquatic sector. It will contribute to supporting the capability of the aquatic sector to support the accreditation of more teachers.

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Change Our Game PD Scholarships

Applications for the new Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program are now open, giving Victorian women the chance to build specialist skills to thrive in leadership roles in the sport and recreation sector.

Offered through the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, the program provides grants of $5,000 and $10,000 for professional development opportunities for women working in the sector, so they can obtain and flourish in leadership roles.

We had the privilege of attending an information session on 1st August 2022 and to say we're excited is an understatement!

We encourage all   Parks and Leisure Australia Vic/Tas Region   members to consider applying and we are keen to help with providing letters of support and any other assistance we can... just get in touch.

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12 Aug 2022 7:34 pm


Everything sports field planning, development and maintenance

After a successful event in Hobart earlier this year, on 3 August 2022 we headed back to Tasmania but this time to Churchill Park Sports Complex in Launceston.

It was a fantastic day (o ther than the wind and rain coming in horizontally!) which had 25+ attendees from Councils, State government, sports clubs and trades talking  all things sports field planning, development and maintenance.

Thank you to our MC for the day Grant Greenway (Treasurer, PLA Vic/Tas) for ensuring everything ran smoothly! 

Check out our presentations below for what you missed:

Fundamentals to designing natural and synthetic synthetic fields of play

Jarrod Hill - Director, SPORTENG

Getting the best out of your Field of Play is dependent on several fundamental elements that need to be considered not only in the design phase, but also the construction phase. Jarrod outlined best practice in the design of sports fields, both natural turf and synthetic (grass and acrylic), in order to achieve the best results for the community.

Innovative digital technologies for managing sports field and open space

Peter Frewin - National Sales Manager, Syngenta

Innovative digital technology can increase efficiencies and productivity for managing maintenance of sports fields and broad-acre open space. Digital tools can assist in evaluating what strategies are working and what isn’t within agronomic programs, as well as working out how best to strategically allocate resources to ensure value for the community.

Devonport Soccer Centre: a vision realised

Drew Smith - President, Devonport City Strikers

The Devonport City Football Club (‚ÄėStrikers‚Äô) embarked on a visionary development of the Valley Road Ground in 2016. The 1st stage in the facility improvement plan was to convert two of the natural grass pitches to synthetic surfaces. This presentation outlined the pitch development project (scope of works & cost), lessons learnt along the way, and the impact on football (soccer) participation since.

Supporting Infrastructure

John Cann - Director, ABEL Sports

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This presentation described and showcased how basic goal posts for football, rugby or soccer have evolved to adjust to the demand for safety and convenience, whether for local sports grounds or stadiums. It highlighted how the design and manufacture of goal posts considers the end user and the open space environment.

Designing sustainable fields of play for the future 

Jarrod Hill - Director, SPORTENG

As we move towards carbon neutral operating processes, it is important to look at the design of Fields of Play through an environmental lense and also consider the embodied carbon in our designs. Jarrod outlined the important aspects to consider through the design process in order to deliver the most sustainable outcomes for your Fields of Play.

Development of the Churchill Park Sports Complex

Natasha Tempest & Will Ranson, City of Launceston

The Churchill Park Sports Precinct was redeveloped in 2021 when a new multipurpose sports field was constructed, and two soccer pitches and a cricket oval added. The project cost $1.9m and involved subsoil and landscaping works, the installation of new irrigation and drainage systems, and the removal and replacement of selected trees. Churchill Park is a former land-fill site, which created some unique challenges to be overcome. This concluded with a tour of the facility!

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12 Aug 2022 5:50 pm

Active Healthy Kids Australia: 2022 Report Card

Getting kids active and healthy is a goal all local governments across Australia share, but according to the Active Healthy Kids Australia: 2022 Report Card there has been no significant improvement in physical activity levels amongst our kids since measurements were started in 2014. So how do we improve physical activity outcomes for children in our communities? 

This Rec+ Research session on Active Healthy Kids, delivered in partnership with  Rec People  and  ASPA , included a panel of experts discussing the latest Active Healthy Kids Australian Report Card 2022 and the potential opportunities held within the data presented.


A big thank you to our expert panel:

Kylie Hesketh - Professor, Deakin University

Professor Kylie Hesketh holds a Future Leader Fellowship from the Heart Foundation. She is Deputy Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood - Translate. With training in psychology, paediatric public health and behavioural epidemiology, she leads a program of research that focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviours and obesity prevention in children and youth, with a focus on the early childhood period.

Nicky Ridgers - Associate Professor, University of South Australia

Nicky's research focuses on the assessment of children's and adolescents' physical activity and sedentary behaviour using a range of different methods. She is particularly interested in the measurement of activity patterns and whether the way in which children accumulate their activity across the day impacts on their cardiometabolic health. Additionally, a major focus of Nicky's research has been the promotion of physical activity using theory-based interventions within school settings, and examining children's and adolescents' activity levels during recess and lunchtime. 

Verity Cleland - Associate Professor, University of Tasmania

Verity ¬† investigates the factors that lead some people to adopt healthy physical activity behaviours while others do not.¬† She is a behavioural epidemiologist and, in her research, she uses a number of methods to study people‚Äôs behaviour ‚Äď surveys, one-on-one interviews, focus group meetings and devices like pedometers to get accurate data about people‚Äôs movements as they go about their day.¬†She is passionate about applying her findings to the way we build our cities and how we provide public services. Working with Hobart‚Äôs public bus service, Metro Tasmania, the Department of Health and the Local Government Association of Tasmania, she is leading a study, known as Health by Stealth, to find the most effective ways to encourage people to use public and active transport.

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About the Rec+ Research initiative:

Parks and Leisure Australia Vic/Tas Region (PLA Vic/Tas) and Rec People have created a partnership to bring evidence-based research findings from sport, recreation, leisure, play, parks and open space sectors to the physical activity industry. The joint initiative Rec+ Research is a result of both organisations recognising a need to deliver a dedicated program that identifies and presents the latest industry research findings directly to the practitioners who are responsible for the planning and delivery of programs, services and infrastructure in our communities.

The goal of Rec+ Research is to keep industry professionals up to date with the latest data and research on parks and open space provision and usage, sport and recreation facility provision, and physical activity programs and services. To discuss opportunities to present your research findings as part of Rec+ Research, please contact Dan Ferguson, Executive Officer, Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas) on or 0432 334 054.

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