Wyndham Open Space Strategy 2045

Wyndham City recently completed its Open Space Strategy (WOSS) for the entire municipality. The WOSS provides the framework for the future planning, provision and management of parks and other open spaces in Wyndham City from 2015 to 2045 with specific focus on the ten years from 2015 to 2025.

The Strategy guides the provision of Council owned and/or managed open spaces such as its parks, sportsgrounds, trails and natural areas for the existing Wyndham community while also guiding the planning for future growth by anticipating the needs of the growing Wyndham population.

The WOSS aims to ensure a high quality network of open space is planned and developed to support healthy and active outdoor lifestyles and enhance Wyndham’s natural landscape and heritage values.

Wyndham Open Space Strategy 2045 was adopted by Council on January 27, 2016.

If you require further information in relation to the Strategy, please contact the Open Space Department on 8734 2710.

 

The Wyndham Cricket and Australian Rules Football Strategy

The Wyndham Cricket and Australian Rules Football Strategy was adopted by Council on 25 March 2013.  The Strategy guides and informs Council and other stakeholders about the future development of cricket and football facilities and associated programs and services.

The Strategy delivers three main outcomes:

  • A thorough and widely researched development strategy for cricket and Australian Rules football inclusive of programs, services and facilities for both sports from grassroots to elite.
  • A thorough and widely researched Turf Wicket Policy.
  • A review of the current facilities at Chirnside Park Oval with recommendations for the short to medium upgrade of the site’s facilities and the long term development of regional and elite level cricket and Australian Rules football within Wyndham.

For further information contact Wyndham’s Team Leader – Recreation Policy and Planning, Sarah Sytema on 8734 5488 ext. 2079 or email: sarah.sytema@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Wyndham Aquatic Strategy 2015

The Wyndham Aquatic Strategy 2015 provides a review and update of the 2011 Strategy, taking into account the significant work which has been undertaken in the redevelopment of the Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre (WLEC, now known as Aquapulse), continued significant levels of population growth, the infrastructure and road network changes and current or proposed aquatic facility developments within both Wyndham and in neighbouring municipalities.

In preparing this Strategy, aquatic services are defined as those traditionally provided by local government in either outdoor or indoor venues. The aquatic or pool elements generally accommodate all popular water based activities such as swimming, learn to swim and family ‘fun’ activity. However, communities have become more demanding for related and diverse fitness and health opportunities such as gyms, group exercise opportunities and allied health services. Personal fitness programmes, which combine lap swimming and weight training, are widely accepted. When combined with either occasional childcare or other concurrent children’s activities such as swim lessons, the ‘product’ on offer is attractive to family leisure and health expectations.

Wyndham's Leisure Strategy 2013 - 2017

The Wyndham Leisure Strategy 2013 - 2017 is an important strategic planning document which will guide Council’s planning and provision for leisure for the next 5 to 10 years.  This Strategy will replace the 1997 Wyndham Recreation Strategy.

The Strategy proposes a Leisure Policy position that “Council will ensure that all people who live, work and invest in Wyndham City are connected through their involvement in leisure by continually improving leisure opportunities throughout the city”.

The Strategy is informed by a significant amount of research and community consultation including:

  • A review of Council’s documents such as the City Plan, QCP and relevant contextual documents (e.g. Planning for Social Infrastructure 2040);
  • Relevant State or Federal documents (e.g. Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey [ERASS] data);
  • Wyndham’s population data and projections;
  • Findings from community and stakeholder consultation; and
  • Community trends in leisure, lifestyle and wellbeing.

The Strategy identifies four core principles that capture the recommended direction for leisure in Wyndham. 

  • Local leisure opportunities deliver important outcomes to individuals
  • Providing leisure opportunities for all people builds strong and resilient communities
  • The best results will come when all partners work towards shared outcomes
  • Flexible and multi-functional leisure spaces support effective use of resources and strong partnerships

The Strategy proposes six priority areas with 133 specific recommendations to be implemented over short, medium and long term outlooks.

  • Priority 1: Building Effective Policy and Planning Mechanisms
  • Priority 2: Building Community Capacity by addressing Local Leisure Opportunities
  • Priority 3: Promoting Walking and Cycling as an Everyday Leisure Activity
  • Priority 5: Quality Facilities + An Engaged Community = Great Leisure Outcomes
  • Priority 6: Marketing Leisure in Wyndham

It is estimated that the implementation of the strategy will cost $1,515,000 over the next 5 year period with an additional $459,000 estimated for 5 years and beyond.  Business cases will be prepared each year and considered as part of the annual budget process.

Wyndham Skate, BMX & Bike Strategy

The Wyndham Skate, BMX and Bike Strategy 2013 states a whole range of new initiatives that will be undertaken to improve skate, BMX and bike opportunities in Wyndham.

Examples include a new regional skate park at Baden Powell Reserve in Tarneit, more local skate opportunities, more BMX and bike facilities, as well as initiatives to better integrate young people into town centres.

    The Wyndham Sports Facility Capital Development Guide

    The Wyndham Sports Facility Capital Development Guide was endorsed by Council at the Ordinary Council meeting on the 28 September 2015.

    The Guide identifies Wyndham City’s commitment to infrastructure for sport and recreation through its policy statement:

    Council provides flexible and sustainable sports facilities that support community sport, facilitate shared use and provide a place for community connectedness. 

    Wyndham’s sports facilities will be places where the whole community can participate in leisure and recreation activities.

    Principles include:

    • Maximise the flexibility of facilities through inclusive design which promotes active leisure by the whole community including people of varying ages, interests, gender, identities, abilities and cultures.
    • Ensure facilities are fit for purpose and sustainably enhance the community’s resources.
    • Support local access to local communities to increase community connectedness.
    • Provide safe, supportive and respectful environments to participate, free from discrimination and fear of violence.
    • Maximise the principles of Environmental Sustainable Design to conserve and enhance the communities future resource needs.
    • Ensure facilities are aesthetically responsive to their local community to increase community connectedness.
    • Ensure equitable community participation in recreation and leisure pursuits.
    • Support users to work in partnership to provide safe, friendly and inclusive environments. 
    • Support user groups to be financially viable while promoting social responsibility.
    • Support user groups to provide access to healthy environments which promote community wellbeing.
    • Enable Council to address the access needs of growth activities and diversity of opportunities.
    • Form strong partnerships between Council and users regarding the capital development of facilities.
    • Provide transparency in the responsibilities for provision of outdoor sports facilities.

    The Guide will be used to inform the planning of all new sports facilities and to retrospectively fund the upgrade of existing facilities to maximise their community benefit.

    Wyndham's Sports Facility User Guide

    Wyndham City administers the use of 30 existing sporting reserves to 80+ Clubs which provide a great variety of sport and recreation pursuits to the Wyndham community.  As our population grows the number of reserves and clubs will continue to grow.

    The Sports Facility User Guide provides one point of contact for how to access and use Council sports facilities.  The intention of the guide is to increase access to public sports facilities for more activities across different times of the week by a wide range of community groups including sport, recreation and other interests groups.

    The Guide policy states that Council provides fair and equitable occupancy arrangements for the use of sports facilities which encourage shared use and a place of community connectedness.

    The Guide provides advice on:

    • Facility Allocation
    • Occupancy Agreements
    • Fees and Charges Contribution
    • Maintenance of Council Sports Facilities
    • Advertising and Naming Rights at Council Sports Facilities

    Please contact the Recreation Services Unit on 9742 0777 to speak directly about the Sports Facility User Guide.

    Wyndham City's Facility Provision for Scouts & Guides

    Wyndham is home to six Scout Groups operating at six locations, and eight Guide groups operating at 4 locations. 

    To view the Facility Provision for Scouts & Guides in Wyndham, click here

    Wyndham’s Hard to Locate Sports Strategy

    The Wyndham Hard to Locate Sports Strategy was adopted by Council on 7 March 2017.

    ‘Hard to Locate Sports’ (HTLS) are defined as sports/recreation activities which do not traditionally or easily fit within an urban environment due to noise, dust, visual impact or safety risks that are inherent in the activity. In Wyndham these sports have historically occupied remote facilities.

    Wyndham’s population growth and associated housing development has encroached on traditionally remote facilities. Sustained population growth has also triggered a greater demand for alternate sporting options to be available to Wyndham residents, which has seen several groups approach Council seeking a facility to deliver their activity from in the future. With this in mind, the HTLS Strategy considers both the current and future provision of HTLS in Wyndham City to meet community demand.

    The HTLS Strategy highlights the need for Council to yield best value from the limited land available for HTLS and presents a series of frameworks to support Council’s future decision making including:

    • An assessment criteria to inform which HTLS activities would be most appropriate to locate on Council owned/ managed land;
    • A detailed list of considerations to inform the selection of any future HTLS sites; and
    • A matrix informing which sports are most suitable for co-location.

    Six strategic priorities were established following the background and context review and analysis of the issues and opportunities as they relate to HTLS.

    The HTLS Strategy proposes a series of actions to be delivered to realise each strategic priority.

    It is estimated that the implementation of the strategy will continue to 2027. Projects arising from the strategy and will be considered as part of council’s annual budget process.

    Wyndham Sports Strategy 2045

    The Wyndham Sports Strategy 2045 provides a comprehensive evidence based approach to the delivery of sport and active recreation facilities, guiding the direction for facility development over the next 5 years, with the growing long term population and facility demand firmly in mind. 

    Through the principles of best value, maximise participation, social impact and sustainable partnerships the Strategy will “Establish an integrated and sustainable sports facility network across the municipality which will benefit the physical, mental and social wellness of the whole community now and in 2045.”

    In the development of the Wyndham Sports Strategy, 2,441 residents, sports clubs, and industry representatives provided invaluable information about sport, active recreation and the way Wyndham participates now with an outlook to the future of sport facilities in the community.

    The strategy was adopted on 8 November 2017 with revision to occur in 2022.

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