The Andrews Labor Government is leading the nation with a bold new game plan to get more people, more active, more often.
Minister for Sport John Eren today launched Active Victoria – A strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria – the Labor Government’s plan to cater for growing demand, and to cement our reputation as Australia’s sporting capital.
It’s the first time any government has mapped out Victoria’s sport and recreation landscape – from the number of local sports clubs and participants, to its economic benefit.
With 3.9 million participants, 16,000 sports clubs, 9,500 community sports facilities and 580,000 volunteers – sport and recreation is booming in Victoria.
In 2016, sport and recreation contributed $8.5 billion to Victoria’s economy and created the equivalent of 65,000 full time jobs, from stadia designers to sports administrators.
Active Victoria will provide a platform to grow these numbers and boost participation through six key priorities:
- meet future demand
- more inclusive participation
- focus on active recreation activities
- more resources and better governance
- connect investment in major events, high performance and infrastructure
- greater collaboration across sectors and levels of government
Around 3.2 million Victorians do not currently meet the recommended level of weekly physical activity, and we want to change that.
With the National Sports Conference in Melbourne, it’s a great opportunity to work together to create new opportunities for people to live healthier lifestyles and outline our strategy to future-proof the sector.
The Labor Government worked closely with a range of partners and stakeholders that make up the Victorian and national sports sector to develop the new framework.
For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“With the fastest growing population in the country and record numbers of Victorians playing sport, we’re taking a good look at what we need in the future to cater for that growth.”
“Sport and recreation is central to our way of life – and this is our way of making sure more people have the opportunity to be a part of a team, or get a job doing what they love.”
“That’s what Active Victoria is all about – a new blueprint to get more people active, build the facilities we need and create more jobs, from umpires to sports scientists.”