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Sport and recreation in regional WA

The Department of Sport and Recreation provides services across Western Australia through nine regional areas and 10 regional offices.

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Sport and recreation in regional areas are often a vital link for many communities, providing opportunities to network, socialise and form long-lasting friendships. We have almost 30 staff who live and work in their local communities and are dedicated to providing services to regional WA in a range of areas.

Work undertaken

Regional offices work with community groups to provide information on a wide range of activities and to develop the ability of organisations deliver programs and services to their members in many areas. Among the most important are:

  • Participation ­- increasing communities' involvement in sport and recreation.
  • Industry development - working on fostering partnerships with local industry.
  • Organisational development - helping clubs and organisations run more effectively.
  • People development - enhancing the skill levels of people
  • High performance - providing resources for athletes, coaches and officials to be their best.

 

Regional staff work on initiatives to enhance the professional development of recreation industry personnel. Initiatives include:

  • Aquatics accreditation and qualifications support.
  • Fitness accreditation and qualifications support.
  • Implementation of Heartmoves - a training program for fitness professionals to work with older adults.
  • Music tariff implications for the fitness sector.
  • Tracks and trails development and awareness.
  • Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) implementation supporting regional adventure tour operators.

Regional offices gather information on community needs, particularly on developing and improving facilities, such as playing fields and sports centres. 

In 2007-08, $10.5 million was allocated to sport and recreation organisations for new facilities and upgrades through the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). Of the 96 projects funded, regional projects received $6.3 million and metropolitan projects $4.1 million. Examples of community projects included  $29,000 for four tennis courts at the Tarcoola Park Tennis club (Geraldton) and $370,000 for the refurbishment of the Bruce Rock Recreation Centre.

A major strategic focus has been raising the profile of the sport and recreation industry as an employer of choice. This has become an increasingly important issue as the state continues to boom, with resulting low unemployment rates and increasing wage pressures, particularly in regional and remote areas.

Another important initiative was the launch of the Gifted Athlete Program (GAP). This program was aimed at providing gifted regional athletes with important life skills to support their athletic achievement into the future. Skills such as dealing with the media were delivered to 120 athletes and 60 parents in workshops throughout the state.

It has been twenty-one years since a dedicated review was undertaken of country sport and recreation in Western Australia. In that period there has been rapid change across Western Australia's social, economic and environmental contexts.

Regional office contacts 

Gascoyne Office - Carnarvon
4 Francis Street, CARNARVON WA 6701
PO Box 140, CARNARVON WA 6701
Telephone (08) 9941 0900
Facsimile (08) 9941 0999
Email the Gascoyne Office

Goldfields Office - Kalgoorlie
106 Hannan Street, KALGOORLIE WA 6430
PO Box 1036, KALGOORLIE WA 6430
Telephone (08) 9022 5800
Facsimile (08) 9022 5899
Email the Goldfields office

Great Southern Office - Albany
22 Collie Street, ALBANY WA 6330
Telephone (08) 9892 0100
Facsimile (08) 9892 0199
Email the Great Southern office

Kimberley Office - Kununurra
Government Offices
Cnr Konkerberry Drive and Messmate Drive, KUNUNURRA WA 6743
PO Box 1127, KUNUNURRA WA 6743
Telephone (08) 9166 4900 or (08) 9166 4917
Facsimile (08) 9166 4999
Email the Kimberley office

Kimberley Office - Broome
Unit 2, 23 Coghlan Street BROOME
PO Box 1127, KUNUNURRA WA 6743
Telephone (08) 9195 5750
Facsimile (08) 9166 4999 Mobile 0438 916 185
Email the Kimberley office

Mid West Office, Geraldton
Level 1, 268-270 Foreshore Drive, GERALDTON WA 6530
PO Box 135, GERALDTON WA 6531
Telephone (08) 9956 2100
Facsimile (08) 9956 2199
Email the Mid West office

Peel Office - Mandurah
Suite 94, 16 Dolphin Drive, MANDURAH, WA 6210
PO Box 1445, MANDURAH WA 6210
Telephone (08) 9550 3100
Facsimile (08) 9550 3199
Email the Peel office

Pilbara Office - Karratha
Karratha Leisureplex
Dampier Highway
PO Box 941, KARRATHA WA 6714
Telephone (08) 9182 2100
Email the Pilbara office

South West Office - Bunbury
80A Blair Street, BUNBURY WA 6230
PO Box 2662, BUNBURY WA 6231
Telephone (08) 9792 6900
Facsimile (08) 9792 6999
Email the South West office

Wheatbelt - Northam
298 Fitzgerald Street, NORTHAM WA 6401
PO Box 55, NORTHAM WA 6401
Telephone (08) 9690 2400
Facsimile (08) 9690 2499
Email the Wheatbelt office

Wheatbelt - Narrogin
Government Offices
Level 2, 11-13 Park Street, NARROGIN WA 6312
Telephone 0429 881 369
Facsimile (08) 9881 3363
Email the Wheatbelt office

 

 
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