In late 2017 the Department of Sport and Recreation awarded Croquet Victoria a grant of $40,000 to fund the development of a ten year infrastructure plan for croquet across the area of Croquet Victoria, to run from 2020 to 2030.
Jayson Moran of Insight Leisure Planning was appointed as the consultant to undertake the project. A reference group for the project was also established, comprising two SRV representatives (Ben O’Brien and Kirsty Reidy), a local government officer (Mark Patterson, Manager of Sport and Active Living at Ballarat City Council), and the CEO of a statewide sporting association (Sam Watson, General Manager, Lacrosse Victoria).
For this project, information has been collected about the facilities at every club in Croquet Victoria. In early 2018, LGAs, clubs and regions were surveyed. Later in the year a background information document and an initial Issues and Opportunities paper were sent to regions and clubs for comment. This feedback informed a set of draft documents, which were circulated for feedback in February / March 2019. Comments were received from 30 LGAs and a small number of individuals, clubs and regions. These have been taken into account in the final documents.
CURRENT PROJECT STATUS
Three documents are now being submitted to Council for approval at their meeting on 15 April.
- Executive Summary and Action Plan.
- Draft Report, including a hierarchy framework for facilities at local, district, regional and state level, together with other material for updating our Croquet Facility Guide (Croquet Facility Guide, also available in a Full Colour Version).
- Background Research Report.
Once Council has approved these documents they will provide a basis for a rolling action plan over the period 2020 to 2030.