What is the Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategy 2040?

By developing the Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategy 2040 (ROSC) Wagga Wagga City Council is aiming to develop a connected, liveable city. 

The Strategy has been written to provide strategic direction for the planning, development, management and use of community spaces over the next 20 years within the LGA. It identifies the key community infrastructure that will be required to meet the anticipated growth within the city and responds to the community’s needs and desires as identified through community engagement activities.

Why is this strategy important?

While there is no predetermined role for local government in providing all types of social infrastructure, councils have a responsibility to manage large tracts of Crown and Community Land in a manner that benefits the community. 

Councils also have a responsibility to provide facilities for the community in a sustainable way in accordance with community aspirations. 
A strategy such as this, developed with the community, provides an important guiding document for the current and future provision and management of open spaces and associated facilities.

Where are the urban precincts?

The urban precincts identified in the strategy are: 
• Boorooma/Estella/Gobbagombalin 
• Central/North Wagga Wagga 
• Ashmont/Glenfield Park/San Isidore 
• Mount Austin/Tolland/Turvey Park 
• Kooringal • East Wagga Wagga/Gumly Gumly 
• Forest Hill • Bourkelands/Lloyd/Springvale 
• Lake Albert/Tatton.

Where are the rural villages?

The rural villages identified in the strategy are: 
• Collingullie 
• Currawarna 
• Galore 
• Humula 
• Ladysmith 
• Mangoplah 
• Oura 
• Tarcutta 
• Uranquinty.

How did we engage the community?

This Strategy has been developed utilising information gathered from a number of community consultation activities. In addition to seeking specific feedback on the ROSC, the Strategy also considers the outcomes from community feedback sought for the:
• Wagga View – Community Strategic Plan 2040 
• Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan 2040 
• Wagga Wagga Active Travel Plan - Cycling 
• Activation Strategy 2040 • Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
In addition to considering the results of the Community Strategic Plan a significant engagement process was also undertaken for ROSC. This included the conducting of in excess of 60 targeted sessions with: 
• Community and sporting organisations 
• Non-government organisations 
• Community consultations at events 
• State government department consultations. 
Additionally, broader community consultation was undertaken at a number of events including: 
• Fusion (multicultural festival) 
• Little Big Day Out (Council services showcase for children) 
• Yandarra Festival (event raising awareness of key health issues facing the Aboriginal community 
• Secondary student Strategy development consultation workshops. 
The outcomes of this consultation confirmed the themes and guiding principles that were identified for this Strategy and drove the development of the implementation plans.