The Southland Regional Spaces and Places strategy is the result of a collaboration between Active Southland, Sport New Zealand, Invercargill City Council, Gore District Council, Southland District Council, ILT (Invercargill Licensing Trust), ILT Foundation, Community Trust South and the Mataura Licensing Trust.
Community Trust South, as a community funder, is a key collaborator in the Southland Regional Spaces and Places Strategy. Being part of the Strategy ensures that future funding in facilities is invested wisely and priority projects are identified that will make the most long-term and beneficial impact.
A key focus is to build relationships which allow us all to work together to create facilities and networks that are sustainable for the community both now and in the future.
The Strategy was borne out of a willingness by Active Southland, Sport New Zealand, Invercargill City Council, Gore District Council, Southland District Council, ILT (Invercargill Licensing Trust), ILT Foundation, Community Trust South and the Mataura Licensing Trust to work together to create and implement a more aligned approach to the regional planning of spaces and places, relating to play, active recreation and sport, across Southland.
There is a shared understanding that this aligned approach is vital to ensuring Southland's future investment into spaces and places provides the best value outcomes and quality experiences for the community.
Southland has a diverse and uniquely beautiful collection of regional spaces and places including natural areas like Fiordland National Park, the lakes and waterways, and sport facilities such as ILT Stadium Southland, Splash Palace, Gore Multisport Complex and Fiordland Community Events Centre.
The Strategy provides a pathway for future facility development and opportunities for efficiencies through joint planning. The success of this Strategy will rely on the partnerships between project partners in Southland.
The Strategy has identified a number of challenges for Southland such as the current high number of single use facilities and the number of current facilities that now require upgrading. there is an increasing demand for multi-use and indoor facilities to optimize use and adapt to the changing needs of users and participants. The Strategy will provide opportunities to identify approaches that support the sharing of resources so that the limited resources available can achieve more for our community.
The Strategy hinges on four principals:
Flexibility - delivering spaces that maximise flexibility through multi-use to enhance functionality and viability
Sustainability - understanding supply and demand of our spaces and places; considering whole life cycle of our facilities; and accounting for the impacts of climate change
Collaboration - working together in the planning and investment of our spaces and places
Attraction - a coordinated approach to obtaining a hierarchy of spaces and places that are event ready and simultaneously appealing to community to use
Click here to view the PDF snapshot of The Strategy
Click here to view the Southland Regional Spaces and Places brochure
If you have any questions about Southland Regional Spaces and Places please contact:
Jackie Flutey - General Manager
Tim Fletcher - Spaces and Places lead