This Strategy is focussed on the Coastal Otago sub-region of the wider Otago region. It follows on from the Queenstown Lakes-Central Otago Sub-Regional Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy (revised in 2020) with the intention that both documents will be amalgamated, in the future, into an overall, inclusive regional strategy for Otago.
Where possible and appropriate this Strategy has been aligned with the Queenstown Lakes-Central Otago Sub-Regional Sport and Recreation Facility Strategy (QL-CO SRFS). However, there are many variations across the Otago region, which impact on play, active recreation and sport participation and facility needs. This Strategy, while aligned with the QL-CO SRFS document, is specifically focussed on the spaces and places in which play, active recreation and sport occur in Coastal Otago and the unique considerations of this area of Otago.
The Coastal Otago sub-region is comprised of the Waitaki, Dunedin and Clutha territorial authority areas which collectively, cover a large tract of the south island where approximately 171,000 currently reside. The population of the sub-region is expected to grow to approximately 191,000 people by 2048. This is approximately an 11% population increase (around 20,000 people). Nearly two-thirds of the increase in population will occur in Dunedin City. The Waitaki and Clutha Districts are both expected to grow by around 3,500 people. The population is ageing and expected to become more ethnically diverse over time.