What is the Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan?

    The Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan 2018 identifies a set of strategic directions for the provision of sport and active recreation facilities in Bairnsdale for the next fifteen years.

    The key objective of this plan is to develop our sporting facilities in a strategic manner to increase participation in sporting activity across Bairnsdale and the wider East Gippsland Shire, through the provision of fit for purpose, compliant, accessible and sustainable sporting facilities.

    The plan has been developed from four distinct phases:

    • Needs Analysis;
    • Service Based Infrastructure Assessment;
    • Needs Alignment and Options; and
    • Concept Development Plans

    The draft Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan has been divided into four volumes honouring different components of the project and its outcomes.

    • Volume 1 - Sporting Facilities Provision Framework;
    • Volume 2 - Sporting Facilities Condition Report;
    • Volume 3 - Sports Grounds Assessment Report; and
    • Volume 4 - Stakeholder Consultation Report.

    What are the key outcomes in the Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan?

    Each of the main sporting facilities or precincts in Bairnsdale have been master planned to illustrate the key recommendations of the project.

    In addition to the main sporting facility precincts, there are a series of specific recommendations relating to sports located at other venues around the Bairnsdale area.

    The project also recommends further strategic work for sports that require more specific or tailored review.

    Why has council developed the Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan?

    East Gippsland Shire Council regularly receives requests from the community, sporting clubs and state sporting associations to improve sporting infrastructure.

    Without evidence and data supporting these requests, we traditionally supported capital improvements arbitrarily.

    Through this process, we can now focus the highest sporting facility priorities where there is the greatest need. This may be either current or projected future need based on population forecasts.

    What about other sports and activities?

    This project engaged with a wide variety of sporting clubs and groups. While the greatest participatory need has been identified through more traditional sports, there are many emerging and non-traditional sports captured within this strategic review. 

    What about other towns in East Gippsland Shire?

    This plan delivers outcomes for Stage One of the broader East Gippsland sporting facility and active recreation review.  Council will now commence Stage Two. This rolling process will commence with Lakes Entrance and Orbost with the remaining communities to follow soon after.

    Who else has been involved in developing this plan?

    The project management team has worked extensively with sporting clubs, reserve committees of management, state sporting associations, sports competitions and leagues, schools and government agencies. Over the life of the project, one hundred different stakeholder groups have been communicated with.

    The development of this plan has also been guided by a Project Control Group made up of representatives from Sport and Recreation Victoria, Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning, GippSport and key council staff.

    Your feedback

    East Gippsland Shire Council invites people to provide feedback on the draft plan.

    Following months of community conversations and consultation, the draft strategy is now available for viewing and public comment.

    Did we get it right? We are interested in hearing your thoughts on the goals and strategic directions and any other comments you may have.

    How to get involved:

    • Read the draft strategy in the document library on this web page or at any council customer service centre;
    • Read the frequently asked questions; and
    • Complete a short survey.

    Online feedback

    Online feedback can be made by completing the survey on this web page.

    Written feedback

    Printed copies of the plans, survey and frequently asked questions can be accessed at one of council’s customer service centres, during the hours of Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm, with the exception of Mallacoota.

    Bairnsdale: 24 Service Street or 34 Pyke Street
    Lakes Entrance: 18 Mechanics Street
    Omeo: 179 Day Avenue
    Orbost: 1 Ruskin Street
    Paynesville: 55 The Esplanade
    Mallacoota: 70 Maurice Avenue

    Monday and Tuesday 10.00am to 2.00pm;
    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2.00pm to 5.00pm

    Please return survey by 5pm, Monday June 25, 2018 noting that council officers need to receive hard copy submissions by the closing date. Please allow up to five (5) days for postal delivery.

    Suzie Healy
    Community Facilities Planner
    East Gippsland Shire Council
    PO Box 1618
    Bairnsdale Vic 3875
    Email: feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au 

    How is the Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan funded?

    The Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan was jointly funded by the Victorian Government and East Gippsland Shire Council.