In February 2013, Canoeing Victoria, with support from the Department of Planning and Community Development, commenced a landmark planning study into the current provision and future development of paddle sport facilities across the state of Victoria.
The study to develop the Canoeing Victoria Strategic Facilities Plan is aimed at providing a clear focus on the future development, growth and sustainability of paddling facilities across Victoria for the next 20 years. Key objectives of this Facilities Plan are to encourage grassroots community-based participation opportunities, support elite level athletes to achieve outstanding performance results and to identify opportunities to attract national and international canoeing events to Victoria. The study will help to provide a business case for future facility related funding applications, investment and partnership opportunities at national, state and local levels.
Canoeing Victoria has appointed consultants insideEDGE Sport and Leisure Planning to work closely with the sport in developing the Plan.
The Strategic Facilities Plan will focus on addressing the four main interdependent areas of Canoeing Victoria’s operations including competition, active recreation, education and Canoeing Victoria’s administration. It will also investigate future development and usage opportunities for existing facilities provided at Westerfolds Park.
The Plan is scheduled for completion in September 2013.
Stakeholder and industry consultation will form a major component of the study and will include Canoeing Victoria committees, canoe clubs, Australian Canoeing, outdoor education / recreation organisations, canoe retailers and hire places, commercial canoeing event organisations, water authorities, Parks Victoria and other identified land owners, Sport and Recreation Victoria, State Government departments and local councils.
A selection of facilities will be visited by the consulting team to build a facility provision profile and to assist in the development of a Paddle Sport Facility Hierarchy Model.
Online surveys of Canoeing Victoria affiliated canoe clubs, members and industry stakeholders will be undertaken over the months of July and August. A series of workshops is also underway for Canoeing Victoria discipline committees.
This approach aims to ensure that canoeing’s key stakeholders have the opportunity to help shape the future of the sport and its facility landscape across Victoria.
For more information please contact Andrea Boothroyd, Canoeing Victoria Executive Officer on (03) 8846 4120 or via email.