House of Representatives Committees

Rethinking the funding of community sporting and recreational facilities: A sporting chance

RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 3: WHAT ARE THE RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE THREE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT?

(1) That the Commonwealth Government adopt a leadership role in facilitating the provision of sporting and recreational facilities by Commonwealth, State, Territory and Local Government and the private sector.

Leadership should be provided in facilitating:

2) That the following principles be incorporated if a Commonwealth program were to be established for the funding of sporting and recreational facilities:

CHAPTER 4: WHAT ARE THE EXISTING AND FUTURE REQUIREMENTS FOR SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES?

(3) That the Commonwealth Government jointly fund, with the State and Territory Governments, a national audit of all sporting and recreational facilities. (PARAGRAPH 4.30)

(4) That funding for the audit be ongoing so that it can be updated regularly. (PARAGRAPH 4.30)

(5) That the carriage of the audit rest with the Australasian Facilities Committee, assisted by representatives of Local Government, sporting and recreational organisations, the private sector, the educational sector, and other interested parties. (PARAGRAPH 4.30)

(6) That data collected by the audit be linked through a geographic information system to other data and form the basis for decisions about future needs for facilities. (PARAGRAPH 4.30)

(7) That the Australasian Facilities Committee, augmented by representatives of the organisations nominated in recommendation 5, develop a consistent system of grading facilities for all sports for use in conjunction with the audit and database. (PARAGRAPH 4.31)

(8) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism provide funding for an augmented Australasian Facilities Committee to coordinate a national plan for facilities which are suitable for international competition. The plan should be prepared in consultation with State and Territory Governments, sporting organisations, and representatives of other potential users. (PARAGRAPH 4.45)

(9) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism contribute funds for the regional planning of sporting and recreational facilities. Funding should be provided for use with regional organisations of councils and other local government groups, on condition that State and Territory and/or Local Government also contribute funds, and ensure that all stakeholders are consulted during the development of the plans. (PARAGRAPH 4.46)

(10)That the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport and the Australian Sports Commission nurture the operation of consultative networks between all interested parties in the provision of sporting and recreational facilities at all levels. (PARAGRAPH 4.47)

CHAPTER 5: COST-EFFECTIVE PROVISION OF NEW FACILITIES

(11) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism provide funding to enable the augmented Australasian Facilities Committee to assemble and publish information on the planning, design and management of sporting facilities and disseminate the information as widely as possible. (PARAGRAPH 5.60)

(12) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism provide financial assistance for the provision of facilities for communities without reasonable opportunity to access appropriate facilities despite the best efforts of the private sector, State, Territory and Local Governments, sporting organisations, and the local community. (PARAGRAPH 5.64)

CHAPTER 6: MAXIMISING THE USE OF EXISTING FACILITIES

(13) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism fund the augmented Australasian Facilities Committee to identify, research and disseminate best practice in maximising the use of existing facilities. (PARAGRAPH 6.16)

CHAPTER 7: FACILITIES IN EDUCATIONAL AND DEFENCE ESTABLISHMENTS

(14) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism fund the augmented Australasian Facilities Committee to assist with the assembly and dissemination of information on best practice in the shared development and use of sporting and recreational facilities by schools and the local community. (PARAGRAPH 7.27)

(15) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism and the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs provide funding to assist a joint Commonwealth/State investigation of the options for using financial incentives to encourage greater public use of school-based sporting and recreational facilities. (PARAGRAPH 7.30)

(16) That the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs have, as one of its criteria for funding sporting and recreational facilities in schools, shared use of the facilities with the local community, or offer augmented grants to encourage joint use. (PARAGRAPH 7.30)

(17) That the investigation of options for using financial incentives to encourage greater public use of school-based facilities, as proposed in recommendation 15, also consider the application of these incentives to facilities in tertiary institutions. (PARAGRAPH 7.37)

(18) That the Department of Defence examine the feasibility of opening more widely to public use any of its sporting and recreational facilities for which there is a demand, provided that this can be done without prejudice to the operation of the bases where the facilities are situated. (PARAGRAPH 7.46)

(19) That when planning new facilities, the Department of Defence include the desirability of designing the facilities to maximise the possibility of shared use with the public. (PARAGRAPH 7.47)

(20) That the Department of Defence consider entering into joint agreements with Local or State Governments to develop sporting and recreational facilities. (PARAGRAPH 7.48)

(21) That the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works consider whether it should investigate, when examining projects on defence force bases, how far the proposed designs maximise the possibility of community access to facilities. (PARAGRAPH 7.49)

CHAPTER 8: FUNDING OPTIONS

(22) That while not seeking to encourage increased gambling, in the event of gambling associated with telecommunications and air travel being approved for introduction, the revenue derived by the Commonwealth Government should be directed to funding sporting and recreational facilities. (PARAGRAPH 8.73)

(23) That reform of the structure and operations of the Australian Sports Foundation be implemented immediately. Priority should be given to:

(PARAGRAPH 8.77)

(24) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism:

(25) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism provide funding to assist the augmented Australasian Facilities Committee:

(26) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism provide funding to assist the augmented Australasian Facilities Committee:

CHAPTER 9: COMMONWEALTH FUNDING FOR SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

(27) That the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport consult widely, with a view to advising on a cooperative framework for distributing proposed Commonwealth funds for sporting and recreational facilities in disadvantaged communities. (PARAGRAPH 9.15)

(28) That the grants program by which Commonwealth funding for sporting and recreational facilities is distributed follow best practice in its design and operation, as set out by the Australian National Audit Office. PARAGRAPH 9.23)

(29) That the criteria on the basis of which Commonwealth funding will be provided to the states and territories for regional sporting and recreational facilities, include:

(30) That disadvantaged communities that apply for funding for sporting and recreational facilities:

(31) That the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission be encouraged to continue to construct sporting and recreational facilities through Community Development Employment Projects, and ensure that projects are appropriately resourced and managed and respond to the needs of the whole indigenous community. (PARAGRAPH 9.38)

(32) That the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism and the Treasury review, and advise on, the feasibility and advisability of establishing a Commonwealth revolving loan fund for the construction of sporting and recreational facilities. (PARAGRAPH 9.43)

(33) That the Commonwealth Government provide $50 million a year for the next five years for all items of expenditure recommended in this report. PARAGRAPH 9.46)

(34) That if a revolving loan fund is endorsed by the review proposed in recommendation 31, that review should also recommend to the Minister for Sport and the Treasurer the best means of financing the fund's establishment. (PARAGRAPH 9.47)

 

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