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| Have Your Say about Active Leisure in Kingston|
|It is now widely documented that significant personal and community benefits can result from active leisure participation and that within Kingston substantial financial, volunteer and physical resources are devoted to the provision of active leisure opportunities. |
In close partnership with the community and stakeholders, Kingston City Council has prepared a Plan to guide the provision of active leisure opportunities within our municipality over the coming five years. Preparation of the draft 2010-2014 Kingston Active Leisure Plan has involved an extensive range of research and consultation methods in order to build an accurate representation of active leisure interests, aspirations and trends in Kingston. Both quantitative and qualitative information about the Kingston community’s active leisure participation habits, needs and values with respect to active leisure opportunities and facilities has been gathered and from the issues raised and confirmed, the draft Plan identifies a Vision and Principles for active leisure in Kingston over the coming five years.
Preparation of the draft 2010-2014 Active Leisure Plan has also resulted in the identification of nine Key Focus Areas of relevance to active leisure. It is recommended that Council direct its attention to responding to these Key Focus Areas over the coming five years in order to address current demand for facilities and participation opportunities as well as projected participation trends.
The Key Focus Areas identified include:
• Promotion – Information and promotion of active leisure opportunities
• Facility provision (including flexible design) which produces appealing spaces that are available to, and encourage use by, a broad range of people
• Provision of a broad range of active leisure choices which reflect community aspirations and interests as well as Kingston’s demographic structure
• Key Participation Desires:
o Walking and Cycling - creation of shared path circuits, connectivity, local area access
• Availability of funding including Council’s Community Grants Program
• Responsive active leisure resource allocation
• Standards and maintenance of existing facilities and open space
• Access and connectivity to the foreshore
• Coordinated approach to planning, delivery and development of active leisure
Each Key Focus Area is underpinned by evidence and details of the actions and measures that Council has previously undertaken to address the issue/s. Also, included is a discussion about how effective these efforts have been and important information about the topic. Finally for each Key Focus Area, a range of proposed responses which Council could pursue over the term of the Plan (2010 – 2014) has been provided. It is the Key Focus Areas along with the proposed responses which Council is specifically seeking community feedback about during a four week Public Comment Period from 27 May to 24 June 2009.
To have your say about the Key Focus Areas please review the 'Key Focus Areas for Active Leisure in Kingston' document and using the associated 'Priorities for Action Feedback Form', let us know what you think! In particular have we adequately interpreted what you told us in phases one to three of the consultation process? Would you like to add anything of importance that has not been captured?
Links to each document are located on this page and details about returning your 'Priorities for Action Feedback Form' are provided within the Feedback Form.
Council's Sport and RecreationTeam thanks you for your interest in this project and looks forward to receiving your comments and feedback.
| Get Active!|
|Walking and cycling are 2 of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of keeping fit, with health benefits for all ages. They can help improve the health of your lungs and heart, result in stronger bones and muscles, reduced body fat, a lowered risk of heart disease and stroke and greatly improve your endurance and flexibility. |
Our extensive chain of bicycle trails weave their way through major parks and gardens, along the foreshore and past scenic wetlands, parks and golf courses. One popular path for cyclists is the 10-kilometre Long Beach Trail, which meanders its way from the Mordialloc foreshore to the Patterson River at Carrum.
If you'd like more information on the health benefits of walking and cycling, visit the Go For Your Life website or contact us on 9581 4802.