We've partnered with six Councils in Melbourne's West (Wyndham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Melton City Council, Hobson's Bay City Council and Melbourne City Council) as well as Women's Health West and Sport and Recreation Victoria to develop the draft Women's participation in Sport and Active Recreation in Melbourne West: Action Plan for Change 2020-2025 (Action Plan).
Women and girls in the Western region of Melbourne are underrepresented in sports and active recreation more than all other regions of Melbourne.
The Action Plan aims to:
- Challenge and address the gendered barriers to women's and girls' access to sport and active recreation;
- Increase the representation of women and girls in sport and active recreation across the western region of Melbourne, and;
- Create positive change through region-specific actions in policies, physical environments, education and communication.
The draft Action Plan provides strategic direction to Council's around how to address the barriers to women's participation in sport and active recreation.
The draft Action Plan has five strategic priorities and objectives:
- Leadership and Capability
Address the imbalance of opportunity, representation and access to sport and physical activity for women and girls in Melbourne's west through sport and community education, leadership development and capacity building.
- Welcoming facilities
Plan and deliver physical environments with equitable access to facilities and spaces for women and girls to participate and enjoy their involvement in sport and active recreation.
- Safety and transport
Provide safe and accessible spaces and transport routes to maximise opportunities for women and girls to participate in physical activity.
- Programming and cost
Support a mix of free or low-cost programs and activities that are inclusive of women and girls of all ages, cultures and abilities.
- Recognise, celebrate and promote
Generate positive messages and events that represent the diversity of women and girls living in Melbourne's west and celebrate the achievements of locals in sport and active recreation.
How to Provide Feedback
- Fill out the online form (you'll be directed to the Wyndham City Council website).
- Submissions must be received by 11.45pm Sunday 5 April.
If you prefer, you can request a hard copy form by emailing LeisureFeedback@brimbank.vic.gov.au (Att: Community Infrastructure Planning Officer).
What Happens Next?
After the consultation period, the partnership of Western region Councils will consider all feedback and make appropriate updates to the draft Action Plan based on community feedback.
A report outlining submissions made through this 'Have Your Say' page will be provided at a future Council meeting and the final Action Plan will be presented to Council for consideration for adoption.