Next Meeting: 11am to 1pm, Thursday 14th November 2019
Launch of Metropolitan Area Recreation Advisory Group (MARAG)
A new Metropolitan Area Recreation Advisory Group (known as MARAG) held its inaugural meeting at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries on 4 July 2019.
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.
MARAG spokesperson, Patrick Quigley, said that the aim of MARAG is to provide leadership, coordination, advocacy and strategic direction for metropolitan sport and recreation facilities, programs, services and projects.
"We want to work together to identify and address current and emerging sport and recreation issues and opportunities within the metropolitan area" said Mr Quigley.
"Some of the topics that MARAG will investigate over the next 12 months include: engagement with state sporting associations; sport and recreation facility planning; sporting competitions and season change-overs; encouraging participation of women in sport; effective governance; fees and charges; and capacity-building of sporting and recreation clubs" said Mr Quigley.
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.
Further information about MARAG can be located on the PLA's website at www.parksleisure.com.au/regions/wa