The Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy

Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy

The Townsville City Council Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy 2018-2028 will help Council to achieve its vision to become a leader in the provision of high-quality sport and recreation facilities, building on the liveability of Townsville and enhancing the health and wellbeing of the local community through active, inclusive and diverse participation opportunities. This strategy was developed to embrace the region’s love of sport and physical activity by guiding Council’s strategic approach to its facility network development, to further enhance participation opportunities and to recognise and further build on the efforts of local volunteers in running competitions. Council’s Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy provided prioritised infrastructure developments based on an understanding of actual Townsville sport and recreation trends. This includes open spaces (fields, courts, tracks, etc.), as well as infrastructure (clubhouses, change rooms, etc.).

The practical recommendations of this strategy are designed to allow Townsville City Council to make informed, strategic decisions in relation to its management of the sport and recreation facility network in Townsville. They support and allow for easier and committed decision making by Council which is strategic, prioritised, data driven, supported by policy and framework, well consulted and collaborative.

Council’s Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy will provide prioritised infrastructure developments based on an understanding of actual Townsville sport and recreation trends. This includes open spaces (fields, courts, tracks, etc.), as well as infrastructure (clubhouses, change rooms, etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions

For the Strategy the following definitions as per the Queensland Government Sport and Recreation Planning Program are being used:

Sport is a human physical activity involving physical exertion and skill as the primary focus of the activity, with elements of competition where rules and patterns of behaviour governing the activity exist formally through organisations and is generally recognised as a sport. 

(Active) recreation activities are those involving physical exertion where the primary focus is individual or group participation and enjoyment over elements of competition where rules and patterns of behaviour govern the activity. Active recreation does not include ‘active work’ or ‘active living’. For the purpose of this program, any reference to ‘recreation’ is defined as ‘active recreation’.

Activities that are not being considered in the strategy (based on the definitions above) include leisure activities such as fishing and recreational boating, as well as active transport and active living, which are or may be investigated by Council separately.