Regional Strategy: Melbourne East Regional Sport and Recreation Strategy
Active Reserves Capital Works Policy
The Active Reserves Strategy - Stage 1 recommended the review of Council's capital works policy, with consideration shown in relation to club investment and tenancy extensions.
A new format for the policy and supporting guidelines have been developed to make the documents easier to read and more relevant to the needs of Council and sports clubs. Please find below a copy of the new policy and guidelines.
Active Reserves Capital Works Policy (PDF, 298KB)
Active Reserves Strategy
Monash Council has approximately 80 'active reserves' currently used for activities such as cricket, football, soccer, rugby, bocce, croquet, archery, baseball, athletics, fitness training, dog obedience training, school sport and informal social activities. Many of the active reserves current usage (the type of sport and tenant club/s) have evolved historically, with many clubs having existed at the one site for many years.
Consequently, Monash Council identified the need to develop an Active Reserves Strategy to understand the needs of clubs and guide the future provision of sport and sporting facility development within the municipality.
The Strategy provides a framework to protect sporting fields from overuse and develop an understanding of the priorities for infrastructure renewal and development at active reserves.
The Strategy was completed in two stages. The first stage focused on active sporting fields, with the second stage focusing on Council's leased facilities, which include eighteen tennis clubs, four bowls clubs, two calisthenics club, netball centre, basketball centre, gymnastics centre, bridge club and fencing club.
Active Reserves Strategy - Stage 1 (PDF, 967KB)
Active Reserves Strategy - Stage 2 (PDF, 305KB)
Central Reserve Master Plan
Central Reserve is a suburban recreation reserve situated at the intersection of Waverley Road and Springvale Road, Glen Waverley. The reserve currently provides a range of facilities including a skate park, accessible playground, two sports ovals and associated pavilions, cricket nets, athletics track, bowling club, community centre, toilets and a picnic/bbq area.
The development of the Master Plan involved a consultative methodology that provided key stakeholders including residents, tenant clubs and community groups, with an opportunity to contribute to the plan through workshops, meetings, online and written submissions.
Please see below a copy of the Master Plan. If you have any further queries please contact Recreation Services on 9518 3581.
Central Reserve Master plan (PDF, 1MB)
Community Organisations Loan Guarantor Policy
Community Organisations Loan Guarantor Policy provides guidelines for the consideration of requests from community and sporting groups for loans or bank guarantees to be provided by Council to assist in the construction or improvement of a capital asset situated on Council property.
Community Organisations Loan Guarantor Policy (PDF, 250KB)
Liquor Licensing Policy at Council Recreation and Sporting Reserves
The Department of Justice - Liquor Licensing is responsible for the effective licensing and regulation of the sale and distribution of alcohol within Victoria. As the majority of sporting reserves and facilities within the municipality are located on Council owned land, Council becomes a key stakeholder for any liquor licensing applications.
Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, Council as the land owner has the opportunity to object to submissions that may detract from, or be detrimental to, the amenity of the area.
Liquor Licensing Policy at Council Recreation and Sporting Reserves (PDF, 57KB)
Naming of Council Facilities
Clubs, organisations and community groups from time to time seek to recognise persons who have supported them and the community through distinguished effort and commitment by naming facilities in their honour.
While the requests are infrequent, Council recognises the importance of this practice and has developed guidelines to provide a consistent and standard procedure for naming Council facilities.
Guidelines for Community Request for the Naming of Council Facilities (PDF, 363KB)
Physical Activity Plan 2010-15
A sustainable and healthy future for Monash requires action to encourage more residents to become more active more often.
Monash has 125 parks and reserves used for recreation and sporting activities including walking, cycling, cricket, football, soccer, rugby, bocce, croquet, archery, baseball, athletics, fitness training, dog obedience training, school sport and informal social activities.
In May 2009, a review of existing resource allocation and provision within Recreation Services identified the need to have a holistic approach towards recreation. The review highlighted that the department had traditionally focussed on the development of sport and the provision of sporting infrastructure. Consequently Council had a limited understanding of what activities (other than structured sports) the community participated in and what barriers prevented them from doing so.
The first step was to gain a better understanding of the physical activity needs and aspirations of the Monash community. The department commenced the development of two distinct studies; an Active Reserves Strategy to guide the future provision of sport and sporting facilities within the muncipality and a Physical Activity Plan to create more opportunities for residents to participate in physcial activity.
The Physical Activity Plan focuses on unstructured passive recreation activities such as walking, cycling, swimming and dog walking.
Physical Activity Plan 2010-15 (PDF, 482KB)
Playground and Playspace Strategy 2010-15
The Playground and Playspace Strategy has been developed to provide strategic direction for the planning, development and maintenance of playgrounds and play spaces in Monash.
Monash has a number of playgrounds that are well maintained, good quality and value to the community. The strategy explores the community needs, and identify issues that Council need to consider in relation to the future provision of playgrounds.
Playground and Playspace Strategy 2010-15 (PDF, 874KB)
Walking and Cycling Strategy
Council is committed to a city that is walking and cycling friendly and one where residents of all ages and abilities can easily walk and cycle as their preferred form of exercise and transport. Therefore, the strategy considers opportunities to better cater for the needs of all people who use pathways including people in wheelchairs, parents/carers with prams, young children on scooters, as well as cyclists and walkers.
Walking and Cycling Strategy (PDF, 2MB)
Melbourne East Regional Sport and Recreation Strategy
The Melbourne East Regional Sport and Recreation Strategy has been developed to support and guide Councils and stakeholders in the Eastern Metropolitan Region in the planning and delivery of regional level sport and recreation facilities and shared recreation trails. Regional level sport and recreation facilities play an important role in contributing to the health and well being of communities, as they generally serve a broad catchment and cater for a diverse range of activities.
The purpose of the Strategy is to undertake a regional planning approach that supports the development of both current and new sport and recreation infrastructure for the Melbourne East Region for the next 10 - 20 years.
Melbourne East Regional Sport and Recreation Strategy 2016 (PDF, 3MB)
Also included in the Strategy is a planning framework to support Councils and other regional stakeholders to prioritise, plan and deliver regional facilities and shared trails collaboratively and effectively.
Benefits for the Melbourne East Councils
- Increases participation in sport and recreation activities;
- Provides facilities that can accommodate future demand;
- Provides increased opportunities to bid for and host regional, state and national sporting events resulting in economic benefits to communities;
- Provides access to a wider range of quality facilities;
- Avoids duplication of facility service provision across Council boundaries; and
- Ensures sports facilities are financially viable and sustainable.
Opportunities for Monash
The key findings are supported by 23 recommended actions across the region.
Two of the actions are directly related to Monash include: Waverley Gymnastics Centre, and Shared Trails – Glen Waverley Rail Trail and Connecting Forster/Gardiner.
Hockey Victoria also identified Ashwood Reserve second synthetic pitch as a possible regional facility.