The region is renowned for providing some of the premium sport and recreation facilities in Tasmania, and has produced some of Tasmania’s champion athletes.

As the municipality of Clarence grows it is important that open spaces, and the facilities which support sport and recreation, are appropriately provided in line with the need and future growth of the city.

To effectively manage sport and recreation in Clarence, the Council are now undertaking a new project titled ‘Recreation Needs Analysis’. Council have engaged consultants ROSS Planning to undertake the project, who specialise in recreation and open space planning, and have completed similar projects for other local councils around Australia.

Stage one of the project commenced last month, with sport and recreation facilities being inspected by the consultant. The next phase of the project will be community consultation.

Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said wide ranging consultation will be an essential step in the in the project- involving Clarence based sporting organisations, State Sporting Organisation and peak bodies, State agencies and the residents of Clarence.

“I strongly encourage the community to participate in the project by engaging and providing their thoughts and views on sport and recreation,” said Alderman Chipman.

“This could be by completing an online survey as a member of sports club, as a parent or spectator that regularly frequents sporting facilities; or as a member of the public that exercises in one of our numerous parks and reserves.

“The undertaking of a Recreation Needs Analysis is an important opportunity for Council to highlight the current demand for sport and recreation across the municipality and consider provision for future generations.”