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Leisure, Recreation and Creativity

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Leisure, Recreation and Creativity


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.

Current Influences and key principles

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.

Policies Affecting Recreation, Leisure, & Culture

Local and state government guidelines


Critical Indicators

Sedentary Behaviour (Adults) Insufficient Physical Activity
Leisure, Recreation and Creativity Adults (%) who attended a local community event (last 12 months)

Supplemental Indicators

  • Per Person Expenditure on electronic gaming
  • Attendance at Arts or Culture Events
  • Percentage of the municipal population that are members of the library and have borrowed a library collection item.
  • Number of visits to aquatic facilities per head of municipal population
  • Estimated population, aged 18 years and over, who undertook low, very low or no exercise in the previous week (Rate per 100): Values
  • Participation in Sports Activity or Club Membership
  • People who are members of a sports group

Potential Supporting Agencies and Partners

  • Local governments; sporting networks; fitness facilities; libraries
  • Creative Victoria
  • Regional Arts Victoria
  • Australian Sports Commission – Australian Institute of Sport and Sports Australia
  • Disability Sports Australia
  • South West Sport

Proposed Area(s) of Focus

  • Building Inclusive Safety Nets for Community Connection & Business
  • Rural Equity in Service Access and Funding

Submission Form

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