More support for public spaces

Southland's numerous spaces for play will soon have a new supportive framework, due to a collaborative approach between local councils and community funders.

Co-ordinated by Active Southland and spearheaded by Tim Fletcher, the intention of the framework is to assist in decision-making for Southlanders to have better access and experiences at public spaces, including recreational and sporting grounds.

Many of Southland’s ageing facilities have faced numerous challenges with upkeep and maintenance, while resources and funding streams are under pressure, and the number of projects and cost of development has also been increasing.

The Southland regional spaces and places strategy has been endorsed by Active Southland, Sport New Zealand, Invercargill City Council, Gore District Council, Southland District Council, ILT, ILT Foundation, Community Trust South and the Mataura Licensing Trust.

It follows an approach adopted in multiple regions across New Zealand, to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for the community.

The framework will provide greater clarity for those seeking investment and support for facilities and spaces in Southland, particularly regional sporting organisations.

The strategy emphasises future investment into spaces and places must provide the best value and outcomes for the entire Southland community.

A workshop with regional sports organisations will be held in the first quarter of 2022, which will provide an opportunity to explain how sporting organisations can work alongside the community and other collaborative partners.

 - Ben Tomsett

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