With more than one million Aucklanders active each week, sport and recreation is a community cornerstone, delivering significant mental health and well-being, social, educational and economic benefits. With the next term of Auckland local government leadership setting the 2021-31 Long Term Plan, those at the Council table will set the budgets that either enable us to deliver sport, recreation and physical activity to Aucklanders, or limit what we can achieve.
There is a clear need to influence policy, align with others’ strategies where appropriate and influence allocation of resources – given this, there is the need for Aktive to deliver co-ordinated leadership and advocacy with a single compelling voice, with our partners, for the Auckland sport and recreation sector.
Advocacy in 2020
In response to the financial impact of Covid-19, Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget 2020/2021 proposes a deferral of unallocated grant funding from the Sport and Recreation Facilities Investment Fund and a reduction in contestable grants overall for the sector.
Given the adverse social, community and health effects resulting from the Covid-19 lock down, as well as the extensive benefits of sport and recreation, and our growing city, it is imperative that Auckland Council investment into the sector is preserved.
Auckland Council is considering key priorities to guide Tāmaki Makaurau’s regional response to Covid-19. Click here for Aktive’s submission.
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