Recreation and leisure contribute important physical, social, health and lifestyle benefits to Shire residents.
Moorabool Shire is located in the Central Highlands region of Victoria, about 80 kilometres west of Melbourne. The Shire comprises of two main towns (Bacchus Marsh and Ballan) and seven smaller townships, and a further 24 villages are distributed throughout the Shire. The Shire’s population is currently in excess of 31,000 people and is projected to increase to more than 51,000 people by 2041.
Recreation and leisure contribute important physical, social, health and lifestyle benefits to Shire residents. The varied sporting and recreation facilities and open spaces available throughout the Shire creates an ongoing challenge for Council and the community to manage, fund and maintain them in an efficient, equitable and sustainable manner.
Council’s role in the future provision of recreation and leisure facilities and services will have four key components.
Facilitate the planning, development and management of recreation and leisure facilities and services to cater for identified current and future community needs
Provide recreation and leisure facilities and services through direct funding, shared funding, and facilitated funding arrangements
Support community groups and clubs, reserve committees, management entities, and other stakeholders with the development, management and maintenance of recreation and leisure facilities
Work with the community, education, private and government sectors to ensure that recreation and leisure facilities, programs and services meet community needs and optimise investment opportunities
Council plays a major role in the provision of recreation opportunities for the broader community and provides a wide range of facilities and infrastructure, including:
- Active and passive recreation and sporting facilities including stadiums, pavilions, fields, courts, community venues and more;
- Leisure Facilities including indoor sports stadiums, health club and outdoor pools;
- 15 multipurpose active sportsgrounds;
- 54 tennis courts.
- Extensive shared trail network catering for walking, jogging and cycling;
- One BMX and two skateboard facilities;
- 18 outdoor netball courts;
- Over 2,000 ha of public open space;
- 47 publicly assessible playspaces;
- Service agreements with community organisations for facility management and programming;
- Community grant programs; and
- Community sport