The City values the contribution that older people have made to enrich our City and we will provide a healthy, stimulating and safe environment where older people can enjoy good health and continue to participate in the community. The City of Stirling Age-Friendly Strategy is based on these:
- Outdoor spaces and the built environment
- Health and community support
- Communication and information
- Civic engagement
- Inclusion and respect
- Social participation.
Planning for an age-friendly City is one of the most effective ways to meet the needs of older residents and delivers many benefits to the whole community. An age-friendly City does not just benefit older people, but people of all ages, including children, parents, families and people living with a disability.
In response to a number of challenges and changing industry trends along with the current state of bowling participation, an external consultant was engaged and commenced a Bowls Review in 2017. The Review was part funded by the former Department of Sport and Recreation and included consultation with Bowls WA and Bowls Australia. The Review assessed the impact of the decline of bowling participation, engaged with clubs to ascertain their current viability and provided outcomes to address identified issues.
Over recent years there have been significant challenges for City bowling clubs in adapting to changing sport and recreational industry trends. The review identified that the sport's nature is changing and it is the club's resilience and ability to adapt to this change which is having the greatest impact. In particular are those changes outside the club's control such as competing facility catchments, proximity to other facilities and changing sport and recreational preferences which are moving away from traditional all day sports formats.
The former Department of Sport and Recreation (now Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries) identified in a 2010 Bowls WA Strategic Facilities Plan “That bowling (lawn bowling) clubs are currently faced with a number of issues relating to the provision of sporting infrastructure and facilities" and that “In addition to the financial challenges facing bowling clubs, there is a growing need for clubs and members to be aware of the trends and demographic changes in WA”. In particular, it identified that over the past 20 years there has been a decrease in the number of competition bowling participants by 37.5%.
This decline however has not stopped with The National Bowls Census Report (2016) outlining that playing members have been declining for more than 30 years. It identifies that Western Australia has experienced a decline in all participation categories including pennant/other competitions, total participants and playing members. In 2018, it was identified by Bowls WA that participation has further declined to 15,500 participants which is an overall decline of 58% in participation since 1985.
The City has the highest number of bowling clubs in Western Australia with 10 clubs (two on private land). The decline in participation rates and high number of clubs is unfortunately impacting on Club's sustainability and resilience to change.
Common challenges identified through the review consultation with the Clubs were:
- Changing industry trends with people looking for more flexible and less time consumptive sporting options i.e. 'fast food' sports
- Growth in recreation bowls has not balanced the decline in competition and pennant participation and hence loss of membership has resulted in loss of income
- Decline in volunteers
- Increase in competition between clubs for declining members
- Fee structure was causing concerns in managing the decline in memberships
- On-going perception of bowls as a sport for seniors and hence difficulty in getting new, younger participants
- Impact of liquor licence restrictions set by the Department which limits marketing options and reaching new members
- Building and facilities are aging in similar timeframes
- Reduction in available external funding support
- Traditional user groups resistance to change
- Changing demographics and surrounding populations
- Changing alcohol culture
- Varying level of governance and leadership experience in management
- Growth of family-friendly venues and orientated activities.
All City bowling clubs were advised of the Review and were consulted with by the consultant’s team during its development. Information was provided by the clubs regarding their financial status, membership, volunteers, depth of management and governance, strategic planning, facility condition and number of greens.
A framework to determine sustainability was utilised for the assessment. Resilience and risk were considered two key factors. A resilience rating from very high to very low measured the ability for the Clubs to adapt to a significant change such as departure of key committee members, major facility repair requirement, replacement of key fixtures and loss of membership.
A risk rating was then attributed to each club based on the resilience rating and aligned with the club's potential prospects and impacts of the external environment such as population growth, competing catchments and proximity to other clubs and community facilities.
The map below shows the City's bowling clubs with an approximate catchment radius of 1.5km (green and purple). It also shows the proximity to clubs outside the City’s boundaries (blue).
Following finalisation of the Review, City’s Officers met with all Club nominated representatives individually over July and August 2018 to discuss their individual recommendations and actions.
Given the outcomes of the review are specific to each Club, requests for information relating to the Review Outcomes relevant to a particular club should be directed in writing to the Club President.
The Clubs which participated in the Review include:
- Doubleview Bowling and Recreation Club
- Inglewood Bowling and Sports Club
- Innaloo Sportsmen's Club
- Mount Lawley Bowling Club
- Nollamara Sport and Recreation Club
- Osborne Park Bowling Club
- North Beach Bowling Club
- Scarborough Sports and Community Club
- Yokine Bowling Club.
For more information regarding the City's Bowls Review please contact the City on (08) 9205 8555 or submit a customer enquiry form.
The City of Stirling is home to almost a quarter of a million people and approximately 23,000 businesses across our 30 diverse suburbs. Our residents and stakeholders have a right to know what is happening in their area and to be included, where possible, in the decision making process.
Our vast urban and social landscape means the City always has a large number of projects in various stages of planning or delivery that might affect day to day life.
To keep the community involved in these projects, we have developed a community and stakeholder engagement framework based on current industry best practice standards.
This means we will tailor our engagement for each project and use a combination of face-to-face, online, traditional and digital methods.
Council supports this approach and has adopted a policy to formalise these objectives and principles.
For more information, contact the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Advisor on (08) 9205 8555 or submit a customer enquiry form.
The City’s Reconciliation Action Plan was developed with help from Indigenous organisations and communities as well as the broader community.
Partnerships are essential for the successful implementation of the plan, as we work towards building a stronger community where relationships are based on respect, appreciation and understanding of each other’s cultures, traditions and lifestyles.
More information on the Reconciliation Action Plan can be found here.
The City of Stirling's Multicultural Framework underpins the City’s vision of achieving an inclusive and harmonious community. The framework builds on the City’s achievements by focusing on three key areas – our newcomers, our community and our organisation.
For more information, please visit the integration and settlement support page, or view the Multicultural Framework document below.
The City of Stirling announced the appointment of Australian Basketballer extraordinaire, Mr Damian Martin, as the City’s first Youth Ambassador.
The newly appointed position was created to coincide with the launch of Stirling’s first Youth Framework. A strategy designed to support the City’s young people contribute to community life, society and environment in meaningful ways.
Alongside the framework, a number of fun events were launched in October 2020 including Groundswell Surf Festival, Basketball Jam at Osborne, Yagan Virtual Reality and Skate and Skirmish targeting the City’s younger residents.
For more information, visit the Activities for young people section of the website.
The City of Stirling is committed to building an inclusive community where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can participate in and contribute to our diverse community. The review of the City’s Access and Inclusion Plan was launched with a period of extensive community consultation, connecting with people with disability, families and carers, peak bodies, service providers, businesses, and the broader community.
For more information, visit the Access and inclusion initiatives page.