To deliver better outcomes for our valued members, Recreation SA is seeking to establish its key advocacy positions to ensure the voice of the recreation sector is heard through our dealings with government, industry and other key stakeholders, ahead of next year’s State Election.
There are several issues which have been raised following extensive consultation with industry leaders, which may form a key part of our advocacy strategy, including:
Opening of Reservoirs
Access to land surrounding reservoirs for recreational use (e.g. walking trails) and use of reservoirs for non-motorised aquatic activities such as canoeing and kayaking.
Expanding access to $50 Voucher for Sport Clubs
Recreation SA and its members want a purposeful program to support kids being active, particularly being able to access water safety lessons. This position incorporates lobbying to extend the State Government’s existing sport club voucher system to include private operators of swim schools and other recreational activities, for example dancing.
Maintain existing number of Aquatic facilities
Rising maintenance costs and ageing infrastructure are giving rise to consideration by local authorities to close aquatic facilities. Recreation SA is developing a position that advocates no overall reduction in aquatic recreation facilities in SA, both regionally and in metropolitan locations.
Shared use of public school facilities
View of Community Recreation committee is that existing school facilities are not fully-utilised and could potentially be used for non-school recreational programs.
With the growing interest in SA’s extensive trails network, additional data and research is required to better understand usage of the SA trails network and the economic value of trails and the outdoors sector to ensure resources are directed effectively.
Women in Recreation
While there is strong representation of women working in the recreation sector, how can the industry better recognise the economic and social benefits of employing women and minimising the hurdles they face when striving for leadership roles.
The Greenways Act was established in 2000, however there are currently no regulations attached and a level of uncertainty exists on how to utilise this act. Industry is looking for more direction to preserve land pathways that are on private land and connect public trails.
These are a starting point and by no way conclusive and we now are offering you the opportunity to provide input into the direction of your industry. As an independent organisation and the peak body for recreation in South Australia, we are keen to understand your thoughts or input into these, or other issues important to your business and the sector, please don't hesitate to contact me on 0418 814 867 or via email.