Council seeks to add some ‘SPARC’ to the Rockhampton region through a new Sport, Parks, Active Recreation and Community (SPARC) Strategy.

The Strategy is designed to address the region’s open space network – the public parks, sport and recreational areas where we live and play.

The Strategy will:

  • update and replace the Regional Open Space Plan (2010) and Regional Playground Strategy (2010);
  • define the vision, principles and goals required to guide the provision of open space for sport, recreation and parks across the region;
  • provide a framework for actively planning and delivering appropriate open space for the community;
  • deliver a blueprint/network plan for delivery and management of new and existing services; and
  • outline a practical action plan to guide implementation of the Strategy.

Council has engaged experienced sport, parks and recreation planners Otium Planning Group to help prepare the Strategy.

Want to help ignite the SPARC?

The development of the Strategy relies on the involvement of the community, so Council welcomes input from schools, sport and recreation groups, the local community and other interested parties throughout the study.

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

1.  Have your say

Take the SPARC community survey. You can access the survey online at: or via your local Rockhampton Regional Council library or Customer Service Centre.

2.  Find out more

Attend your local Community Conversation (November 2016) 

3.  Get involved at a SPARC community workshop

To register, please email your name and contact details to Community workshops include:
Rockhampton – 6:30-8:00pm, Tuesday 29th November 2016 at Walter Reid Cultural Centre (Auditorium - Corner of Derby and East Streets, Rockhampton City)
Gracemere – 6:30-8:00pm, Wednesday 30th November 2016 at Gracemere Community Centre (Barry Street)
Mount Morgan – 6:30-8:00pm, Thursday 1st December 2016 at Mount Morgan School of Arts (Morgan Street)

4.  Get in touch with the project team

Contact the project team at: to register your interest in the study, send your comments and ideas and be kept up to date via email. Alternatively, please phone the project’s local call number on (07) 3040 0754 if you have any questions or want to talk with us about the study.

5.  If you are a member of a sport or recreation club:

Ensure your club completes the Sport and Recreation Club Survey. You can email your club’s contact details to the project team if you would like to check that your club is involved.
Ensure your club executive sends a representative to the Sports “issues and solutions” workshop in Rockhampton on the 28th November 2016. This session will be for organised sport and recreation groups only and will identify the key issues for the Rockhampton region over the next 10 years. Your club executive can register via the project team if they would like to attend.

What’s next?

After the detailed consultation and investigations are complete, a draft report will be prepared and provided back to the community for comment. This is expected to take place in May 2017.