With so many small communities in the Wheatbelt, sport and recreation plays a vital role.
Sport plays a major part in the lives of people in the Wheatbelt, with many talented athletes having emerged and continuing to emerge. It is seen as one of the most important ways for keeping communities together.
Continuing recreation and regional planning is providing important direction and focus for the future delivery of sport and recreation infrastructure/services in the region.
Flagship Projects in the Wheatbelt
There are four unique flagship projects which are to being progressed to address a specific regional need or priority and in most cases will involve strong collaboration with other stakeholders, both within the department and externally. These may be a discrete body of work or provide an on-going focus during the year.
Wheatbelt Industry Network
Offer networking and professional development opportunities for local government, sport and recreation community development staff and personnel. Provides a platform to discuss key issues, develop a support network and share best-practice initiatives. Deliver the annual Wheatbelt Trails Forum to provide a forum for trails discussions with associated stakeholders and funding bodies.
Wheatbelt provision of community sport - phase two
Implimentation of the guiding set of principles to maximise current and future sporting participation to provide optimal provision of community sport in the Wheatbelt. Development of a community engagement plan to disseminate findings across the Wheatbelt; a forum to share exemplar examples and discuss innovative and locally significant solutions. Work with stakeholders to achieve recommendations.
Southern Wheatbelt Project
Increase capacity of local community members to access existing sport and rec clubs, facilities and programs through appropriate skills development and training. Increase capacity of sport and rec clubs and facilities to incorporate inclusive practices and increase participation that encourage increased participation by community members. Increase collaboration between agencies community service providers and sport and rec deliverers to allow for future sustainablity.
Community Resource Centres
Implementation of a formal partnership between DSR and RDL to work collaboratively with Community Resource Centres across the Wheatbelt. Further relationship development with CRCs: Create/develop partnerships, professional development, implementation of appropriate CDO Scheme models, implementation of the Healthy Clubs/Happy Clubs strategy.
The Department works closely with a range of stakeholders in the Wheatbelt region. These include local governments, the Wheatbelt Development Commission, State Government agencies and not for profit organisations.
Local governments in the Wheatbelt include:
Wheatbelt Sportshouse provides support to sport and recreation organisations in the delivery of their services in the Wheatbelt.