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South Australia's Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan


On 10 March 2019 the Minister for Recreation Sport and Racing announced the development of the South Australian Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan (the Plan).

The Plan will identify the infrastructure needed to support sports participation from the grass roots level through to our elite athletes.

It will also identify infrastructure needs for those members of our community that want to be active through recreational pursuits such as walking and cycling.

The plan will include wide ranging community engagement, enabling the Government to listen to the community about their priorities and ideas.

The Plan will identify a strategic response to issues related to provision infrastructure for sport and recreation to support overall objectives such as increasing levels of participation, improving services, creating jobs and economic growth.

The Plan will also feed into the 20 Year State Infrastructure Strategy https://infrastructure.sa.gov.au/ being developed by Infrastructure SA to assist the South Australian Government to plan, identify and prioritise major infrastructure across the State.

We are currently in Phase 1 of the project.

Phase 1 Current State - Gap and Issues Identification


This phase included wide ranging consultation through a YourSAy community survey, which closed on 7 May 2019 with over 2,000 responses. The results have now be analysed and a report summarising this survey is available HERE (PDF, 2317 KB).

Additionally, statewide consultation is currently underway to provide input to the development of the Plan. This is being done in conjunction with the Office’s two other major projects; Game on, Getting South Australia Active and the review of the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing’s Grants Programs.  There is still an opportunity to be involved with sessions by attending workshops or providing a submission, with more information available here: https://www.orsr.sa.gov.au/about_us/statewideconsultation

The ORSR is actively seeking deeper collaboration with the community on these three projects, with reports to be documented out of each session with a final report to consolidate everything we have heard. The final report will be finalised at the end of September 2019 with reports from each session provided to participants throughout the consultation period.

So far we are at the half way point of this consultation and have had great participation across community members, council representatives, sporting and recreation bodies and other providers to gain an understating of the current context, key issues and suggested responses.

Data Collection:

The Current State Phase will also identify the current supply of sport and recreation facilities and investigate current participation to analyse gaps and overlaps in facility supply.

As part of this process three data collection tools have been developed to collect the following:

  • Current number and type of facilities including sport, recreation and parks and reserves (over 5 hectares)
  • Proposed facilities over $2 million in value
  • Participation data

These tools will be distributed to Local Councils and State Sport and Recreation Organisations for completion during early August.

Phase 1 is due for completion by 30 August 2019.

Future Key Project Deliverables:

  • Current Facility Gaps and Issues Identification – August 2019
  • Future Facility Gaps and Needs Identification – September 2019
  • Development of a decision making framework – September 2019
  • Future infrastructure program and projects identified – September/October 2019

Achievements to Date:

May/June 2019 – YourSAy survey completed and summarised

July 2019 – YourSAy survey results and report published

August 2019 – Facility and participation data collection underway


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