Recreation, leisure, and creative hobbies include a broad range of programs, events and activities provided by local councils. They are also provided by craft, sports, and other clubs or private organisations within the community. Shopping, eating establishments, cinema and theatre, art galleries and museums, and religious assemblies add to a community’s amenity and liveability. The diversity of offerings reflects the culture and interests of the community and are often indicative of the prosperity of the region. Traditional offerings such as the Country Women’s and regional show days are struggling as are many of the sporting clubs who are trying to recruit new members. Therefore, Flexibility to meet different needs and tastes is an important principle for this element. Also, accessibility, sustainability, and connections as it is through these social opportunities that people feel part of their community.
CoVid-19 has had an enormous impact on the ability for clubs to meet, including programs such as Men’s sheds. It is likely that many of the clubs will not resume once meeting restrictions are lifted as numbers shrink. Small shops/businesses have also been negatively affected by the pandemic and will struggle to re-open under new requirements. Local governments will find it harder to offer the range of leisure/cultural programs as finances will be re-prioritised. This will have a direct impact on social participation/inclusion, another element in the liveability matrix.
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