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New group gets active

Thursday, 17th September, 2009

By Gina Wilson

After attracting its first members almost three months ago Active Broken Hill is taking the next step.

The group, established out of the ashes of the former Sports Council, wants to forge itself as the new "go to" body for all sporting and recreational groups in the city. As part of this goal, Active Broken Hill developed two surveys to find out what the city wants and is preparing a database of all local sporting and recreational groups. Treasurer Steve Burton said the surveys were developed in partnership with medical and sporting professionals. "The surveys aims to find out what the city's clubs, sporting associations and individuals want," he said. "It will help us to establish what the community thinks is important. "This is (their) opportunity to define the roles of the committee." Mr Burton said Active Broken Hill planned to meet each sporting group. "The committee wants to personally visit as many sporting and active recreation groups as possible," he said. "The committee wants to hear any suggestions about how Active Broken Hill can be of service to strengthen and grow sporting associations and active recreations opportunities in Broken Hill."

It will also survey individuals to see what stops some people from being physically active and what would help them overcome that.

Mr Burton said the surveys gave people a range of choices to consider.

"We want people to think about some of the suggestions we've made. That will help us."

Mr Burton said it also planned to collate a database to include every sporting group or association in the city.

"We have (a number of folders) full of information on sporting clubs and we need to find out w But he also invited any sporting or recreation group to contact the committee on 8080 1217 or 8088 6730.

Claiming the successful Mallee Sports Assembly as its inspiration, the group is now meeting weekly in order to ramp things up.

"The committee is really motivated. We are quietly optimistic about what Active Broken Hill will achieve."

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