Albany MLA Peter Watson will conduct an investigation into the sports needs of regional towns.
Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke announced the first public forum to help determine future needs would be held in Bunbury next month.
“Sport and recreation is such an important element that binds together communities, particularly in regional Western Australia,” Mr Kobelke said.
“It has been more than 10 years since an assessment of the needs for sport and recreation in regional areas has been undertaken.
“Now is an opportune time to examine the impact of changes in regional WA such as work pressures, the cost of travel, social change and population relocation are having on sport and recreational pursuits in our regional communities.”
The Minister said he had asked his Parliamentary Secretary Peter Watson to collect and analyse information gathered from key regional stakeholders.
Mr Watson said he would be travelling regional WA in coming weeks to speak directly with regional sport and recreation groups, local government and sportsmen and women to listen to their issues and future needs.
“Hearing from the people who play sport each weekend, will be the key to my analysis and recommendations to the State Government and Minister for Sport and Recreation,” Mr Watson said.
“I dare say there will be issues raised like travel costs, changing population putting pressure on team numbers and upgrading facilities.
“I want to hear about other issues affecting regional sports and I want to consider suggestions from regional communities to the State Government.”
The first forum will be held at Bunbury on Tuesday, October 2 at the Department of Sport and Recreation Offices.
Further dates and venues for State-wide public forums will be released shortly.
Mr Kobelke said he expected the forums to be completed by the end of this year and Mr Watson’s report to be submitted by the end of March next year.
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