Having community input is essential to the success of the development of the Open Space and Leisure Services Strategic Plan and as such Council has organised a wide range of opportunities for people to have their say.
Community workshops were held during October at four locations: Erina, Gosford, Wyoming and Umina. The community were invited to attend these workshops to have their say on the current and future provision of open space and leisure services within the Gosford Local Government Area.
A household survey was distributed with the October rates notice to provide all local residents with an opportunity to have their say on the current provision and future management of open space areas, recreation facilities and leisure programs. If you did not receive the Household Survey with your rates notice or are renting a property and would like to have your say, you can print off the Household Survey and forward to the reply paid address as stated in the document.
A web page is now available that will provide information on the progress of the development of the Open Space and Leisure Services Strategic Plan and the opportunity for the local community to provide feedback through online forums. Please give us your views and ideas to help us create and deliver the best outcomes for your open spaces and leisure services and facilities. Join the conversation and have your say at http://haveyoursaygosford.com.au/openspaceandleisuresp .
Due to the Central Coast's unique positioning between two major cities, a large commuter population has been established over recent decades and is anticipated to continue to grow over ensuing years. To gain an understanding of the needs of the commuter population in relation to the current and future provision of open space and leisure services within the Gosford Local Government Area, surveys were distributed at both Gosford and Woy Woy train stations in early October.
Sporting Associations and Groups
One of the core services provided by Council's Open Space and Leisure Services business unit is the management and maintenance of sporting grounds and associated facilities. To ensure the perspective of the users of these facilities is captured, a meeting was held with sporting association representatives in October and a survey has been provided to individual clubs to gain feedback on the current state of play of sportsgrounds and future requirements for the provision and management of these facilities. If your club has not received a copy of this document, you can print off the Sports Club Survey and forward to the reply paid address as stated in the document.
It is essential to capture the broad spectrum of perspectives on offer across the Local Government Area including the youth of the community. With this in mind, several school visits were undertaken in October where the students had an opportunity to voice their opinion on what open space and recreation opportunities are and should be made available to the community.
Additional consultation will be undertaken at the Bad Boy Summer Sesh on 21 January, 2012 at Narara Skate Park, Showground Road, Narara for those who have not yet had an opportunity to have their say.