Inverell Public Open Space Strategy
In acknowledging the value that parks and reserves contribute to a positive lifestyle for its current and future residents, Inverell Shire Council has resolved to prepare a Public Open Space Strategy.
The Inverell Public Open Space Strategy will include:
- Identification and confirmation of Council owned and managed public open space;
- Classification of the existing public open space network;
- Identification of current uses and infrastructure; and
- Recommendations for future open space planning and management.
The Public Open Space Strategy will provide Council with an overarching framework to direct public open space planning and management in a coordinated, sustainable and effective manner. It will also assist the community in understanding the current intentions, and in some cases, what the future intentions are for parks and reserves in Inverell.
A principle role of public open space is to support health, recreation and leisure functions of the community. This includes active pursuits, such as organised sports, exercise, children's play and social activities; yet also encompasses passive uses such as quiet reflection in an attractive setting.
It is also reported that open spaces and sports activities attract investment, support local businesses and provide spaces for major events which attract tourists and visitors and boosts local economies.
ROSS Planning is a recognised leading consultant in their field and has significant experience in preparing open space, sport and recreation strategies for Local Government. ROSS Planning have been engaged by Council to prepare the Public Open Space Strategy for Inverell in accordance with the adopted Project Brief and Communications Strategy. As part of this engagement, ROSS Planning will be undertaking targeted consultation with the community including the Inverell Sports Council and key user groups. Online surveys will be conducted through out the consultation process.
ISSUES PAPER RELEASED (October 2015)
The Issues Paper represents a succinct summary of the first four stages of the project, providing a number of themes and directions that will be further addressed in the Draft Inverell Public Open Space Strategy. Inverell Shire Council encourages the community to review the Issues Paper, additional community consultation will occur during the formal exhibition phase of the project.
For information on the status of the Public Open Space Strategy, Council's Civil and Environmental Services Division can be contacted on (02) 6728 8200.
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