Community members and sporting groups across the Cootamundra electorate are invited to have their say on key local strategies developed to improve the delivery and planning of grassroots local sport over the next five years.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said draft regional plans have been developed to assist grass roots sport participation across the region by providing targeted sports programs and facility development for community members to enjoy.

“Across our electorate there are three plans, Central West and Orana, Riverina Murray and South East and Tablelands,” Ms Cooke said.

“We’re really taking a big picture approach here and thinking about the strengths and needs of each individual region. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have your ideas heard about how different facilities or programs could improve our sporting landscape and make it easier to get involved and thrive.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the plans draw on concepts developed by the Australian Sports Commission.

“This is an important first step in the process of gathering community feedback to ensure that we invest in the right mix of sports facilities that meet the needs of unique communities,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Nine Sport and Active Recreation plans have been developed with 30 – 40 strategies, inclusive of proposed initiatives specific to each of the regional areas.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said key proposals in the plans like the ‘stay in your sport’ coach education program will encourage promising your stars to continue with their chosen sport.

“We are also looking to attract more valued sporting events to regional NSW, plan female-friendly sporting facilities and establish hubs to support multi-purpose sports.”

Feedback is invited by Thursday 19 July 2018 at the Office of Sport website: