Damian Hockley, Australian Sports Commissiosn (AUS)
Community Sport Infrastructure
The built environment, including community sport infrastructure, is essential for enabling active, healthy communities and participation in sport. Given that Australians are leading increasingly sedentary lives, it’s critical for our national wellbeing that people can access quality facilities to enable activity. In this context, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is working with sport and government partners to transform Australia’s sporting landscape through an innovative approach to community sport infrastructure. This approach encompasses more informed planning, investment and design of community sport infrastructure to maximise benefits for communities, sports and funding agencies. ASC research has identified a distinct lack of information about the economic, health and social impacts of sporting infrastructure – despite this being one of the major financial investments in sport by governments around the world. We are leading a national initiative to develop greater understanding of how sporting facilities impact our growing and changing communities.