THE Bass Coast Shire Council has released a draft report of its Sport and Active Recreation Needs Assessment (SARNA) recently.
Available on the Bass Coast Shire website, the draft report is open for public comment until January 8, 2016.
Recommendations for particular sport and activities feature in the report, which have been identified on a needs basis and require further evaluation through Council’s Capital Works and financial planning processes.
It is also hoped the Needs Assessment and supporting recommendations and directions will assist council is seeking financial support from partnering funding bodies.
The recommendations in the report are based on a 15-year timeframe and are divided into high, medium and low priorities. Here’s what the report says about each sport and recreational activity’s priority areas.

AFL
High Priority: Upgrade/renew player and umpire change rooms at Dalyston and Inverloch Recreation Reserves, in particular for female participants and people with disabilities.

Athletics
Medium Priority: Support the ongoing use of Wonthaggi Secondary College by local junior and senior athletics groups via development of hire/joint use agreement (or review of if already in place).
In consultation with local athletics clubs and Wonthaggi Secondary College, investigate opportunities for increased site support infrastructure (e.g. storage, shelter).

Badminton
Low Priority: Ensure any future indoor facility developments (e.g. Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Phillip Island Leisure Centre) consider and accommodate facility requirements for Badminton.

Basketball
High Priority: Implement the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre Redevelopment Plan addressing gaps in highball facility provision on the mainland.
Review the Cowes Recreation Reserve Master Plan in light of the new future aquatics facility location and potential implications for the proposed indoor stadium facility development.
In alignment with the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre Redevelopment Plan, seek to develop a ‘Sub Regional’ (minimum two court) indoor stadium at the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Ensure facility complies with Basketball Victoria facility standards and can accommodate both competition and training activities.

Bike Riding/Walking
High Priority: Develop a Shire wide Walking/Tracks/Trails and Cycling Strategy.
Improve access to, condition of, and volume of shared trails in alignment with future Walking/Tracks/Trails and Cycling Strategy.

Cricket
High Priority: In alignment with Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket Facility Guidelines and facility audit findings, develop a centre wicket and practice training net facility maintenance and renewal program (for training facilities open for public use).

Croquet
High Priority: In consultation with the Wonthaggi Croquet Club and in conjunction with wider Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve master planning, confirm the future location and facility requirements of the Wonthaggi Croquet Club.

Equestrian
Medium Priority: Support the Bass Valley Pony Club and local rural equine community through improved arena and supporting infrastructure provision at the Woolamai Race Track.

Fishing
Medium Priority: Ensure safe and easy access to popular fishing beachfronts.
Support the Rhyll Phillip Island Angling Club’s need for a larger clubhouse facility to accommodate their recent growth in membership.

Gymnastics
Low Priority: Ensure any future indoor facility developments (eg Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Phillip Island Leisure Centre) consider and accommodate facility requirements for Gymnastics.

Hockey
Low Priority: While local participation levels are low, consider the requirements of hockey in any future planning for a multi-purpose synthetic playing field.

Lawn Bowls
High Priority: Support the future conversion of natural grass lawn bowls greens to synthetic greens to increase facility capacity and programming opportunities.
Provide club support through greater information and resource provision and volunteer development opportunities.
Promote the services of lawn bowls clubs to the ageing Bass Coast demographic via council’s website and communication channels.

Leisure Centre
High Priority: Review the Cowes Recreation Reserve Master Plan and leisure centre upgrade/extension recommendations following the decision to relocate the future aquatics facility away from the reserve.
Implement the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre Redevelopment Plan.

Netball
High Priority: Implement the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre Redevelopment Plan addressing gaps in highball facility provision on the mainland.
Review the Cowes Recreation Reserve Master Plan in light of the new future aquatics facility location and potential implications for the proposed indoor stadium facility development.
In partnership with local netball clubs and associations/leagues and in conjunction with netball facility audit findings, develop a prioritised netball court renewal plan to address issues in aged and non-compliant court surfaces and dimensions.
In alignment with court renewal plan, seek to resurface or replace aged, unsafe or non-compliant netball courts. Upgrade player change facilities and supporting amenities across the Shire (e.g. showers, toilets) in accordance with netball facility audit findings.
In alignment with future Pavilion Redevelopment Plan, continue to upgrade/redevelop netball change rooms facilities and supporting amenities (e.g. showers, toilets) in accordance with recommended facility standards and peak sporting body requirements.
In alignment with the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre Redevelopment Plan, seek to develop a ‘Sub-Regional’ (minimum two court) indoor stadium at the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Ensure facility complies with Netball Victoria facility standards and can accommodate both competition and training activities.

Shooting
Low Priority: Further investigate demand identified in the Phillip Island Needs Assessment for a new shooting facility to accommodate the Phillip Island Target Archers Club.

Skate/BMX
High Priority: Develop a Shire wide Skate and BMX strategy in conjunction with findings and recommendations from the individual skate park facility audits.

Soccer
High Priority: Review the Thompson Reserve Master Plan following Inverloch Bowling Club’s recent facility development and remaining demand for soccer accommodation at Thompson Reserve.
Support the growth of soccer at Newhaven Recreation Reserve via installation of sports field floodlighting and improved player and spectator amenities.
Support the growth of soccer at Wonthaggi and Thompson Reserves through provision of capacity building initiatives such as improved change rooms, clubrooms and sports field floodlighting.

Surf/Beach
High Priority: Build the capacity of and continue to support water sport/active recreation providers in Inverloch (e.g. windsurfing, surfing, fishing) through investigation of shared facility usage opportunities (e.g. storage, meeting space, toilet access).
Ensure safe and easy access to beachfronts to accommodate water sport and active recreation providers.

Swimming/Aquatics
High Priority: Continue to plan for the future development and redevelopment of aquatics facilities on Phillip Island and the mainland.
In alignment with the 2015 Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy and supporting 10-year action plan, develop a new local level indoor aquatics facility in Cowes (Corner Thompson Avenue and Church Street) that caters for both swimming club and casual aquatic usage.
In alignment with the 2015 Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy and supporting 10-year action plan, redevelop the existing Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre to accommodate both local swimming clubs and casual aquatic usage.

Tennis
High priority: In partnership with local tennis clubs and facility audit findings, seek to develop a tennis court renewal plan to address current substandard court surface conditions.

Volleyball
Low Priority: Ensure any future indoor facility developments (e.g. Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Phillip Island Leisure Centre) consider and accommodate facility requirements for volleyball.