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What is it?

48 actions that will change the way in which women and girls access, participate and experience sport and active recreation in Melbourne's western region.

The Action Plan aims to:

  • Challenge and address the gendered barriers to women's and girls' access to sport and active recreation
  • Increase the representation of women and girls in sport and active recreation across the western region of Melbourne, and
  • Create positive change through region-specific actions in policies, physical environments, education and communication

West Metropolitan Melbourne Councils* in partnership with Women's Health West and Sport and Recreation Victoria worked together to understand the sport and recreation experiences women and girls in the west creating an Action Plan which identifies 5 key priorities for change.


Strategic priorityObjective
1: Leadership and Capability
Address the imbalance of opportunity, representation and access to sport and physical activity for women and girls in Melbourne's west through sport and community education, leadership development and capacity building.
2: Welcoming facilities
Plan and deliver physical environments with equitable access to facilities and spaces for women and girls to participate and enjoy their involvement in sport and active recreation.
3: Safety and transportProvide safe and accessible spaces and transport routes to maximise opportunities for women and girls to participate in physical activity.
4: Programming and costSupport a mix of free or low-cost programs and activities that are inclusive of women and girls of all ages, cultures and abilities.
S: Recognise, celebrate and promoteGenerate positive messages and events that represent the diversity of women and girls living in Melbourne's west and celebrate the achievements of locals in sport and active recreation.


Partner Councils * Wyndham, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton and Moonee Valley City Councils