What is active recreation?

    Active recreation is defined as physical activity for the purposes of relaxation, health and wellbeing or enjoyment, which can be self-directed or facilitated by a provider or organisation.

    Active recreation infrastructure and programs support the health and wellbeing of residents, workers and visitors. Active recreation opportunities typically provide accessible and free space for people to participate in an active lifestyle.

    What will the Active Recreation Strategy cover?

    The Active Recreation Strategy will address physical activities undertaken in open spaces, including parks, reserves, beaches and swim centres including walking, cycling, skating, scootering, fitness training, surfing, swimming, etc.

    The strategy will develop our understanding of current use, motivations and barriers to participation and identify actions to provide relevant, equitable, up-to-date and fit-for-purpose active recreation facilities and opportunities for everyone. 

    The Active Recreation Strategy will complement existing strategies including our Sports Strategy, Parks and Play Strategy, Lake Activation Strategy, Walking, Cycling and Better Streets Strategy and Aquatic Facilities Strategy. 

How to make a submission

    How can I make a submission?

    • Provide written feedback via the online submission form on this website.
    • Email [email protected](External link)(External link) with the subject heading "Active Recreation Strategy" by 30 April 2024.
    • Write to Recreation and Land Planning, Box 1906, Hunter Region Mail Centre, NSW 2310

    Hard copies of the draft Active Recreation Strategy are available in Council's Customer Service Centre at Speers Point. 

    I've made a submission - what happens next?

    Feedback may result in further changes being made to the draft Active Recreation Strategy prior to a report being prepared for Council.

    You will be notified again, prior to Council considering the matter, which will include a link to the Council report containing a summary of submissions and how feedback was considered.

    What should I put in a submission?

    Your submission can be as concise or as long as you wish:

    Ideally, you will express your level of support for the draft Active Recreation Strategy and provide detailed and specific feedback. The feedback will be reviewed by staff and later presented to Council to make an informed decision.

    Should multiple submissions be received from a single resident regarding this project, the feedback will be reviewed by staff and counted as one submission when reporting back to Council.

    Any submission received by Council will be publicly available on Council’s website. Submissions may also be accessed under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Council may reproduce submissions in Council reports or in Court proceedings.