On 28 January 2016, the Surf Coast Shire Council adopted their Open_Space_Strategy 2016-2025, which will guide open space planning, provision and management across the Shire during the next 10 years and support greater collaboration with other land managers. The Shire’s open space includes parks for passive social and family recreation, sporting reserves for active sport and recreation, conservation and nature reserves and linear reserves and paths. The new Strategy reflects the Shire’s vision for its open space i.e.
“to continue to deliver high quality, connected and sustainable open spaces that will provide the community with environmental, social, health and economic benefits. This will further enhance the Surf Coast’s position as a destination renowned for its diversity of outdoor recreation experiences”.
and incorporates eight guiding principles and a prioritised action plan to deliver a diverse range of sustainable public open spaces to meet community expectations. Council received a total of 8 submissions – all providing positive and constructive feedback – during the recent public exhibition period.
AIDA’s feedback AIDA Open Spaces Submission March 2015 and that from other groups highlighted our bush and our beach areas as important, with access, connectivity, supply and quality representing critical factors for all open spaces.