The ACT Government has recently released a report prepared by Otium Planning Group, Planning for Indoor Facilities and Other Sport and Recreation Infrastructure, which focuses on indoor sports with the highest participation rates in Canberra.

Otium Planning Group (Otium) had previously completed the 2015 ACT Indoor Sports Facility.  To further progress this study, ACT Government – Sport and Recreation engaged Otium to recommend a preferred facility strategy to meet the needs of three high participation indoor sports – basketball, futsal and gymnastics – with a focus on three locations, namely Gungahlin, Belconnen and Woden as possible regions for expanded or new indoor sport facilities.

Subsequent to the commencement of the study, Sport and Recreation sought commentary on models of public provision of indoor sport and recreation facilities, and different approaches to the planning and funding of sport and recreation infrastructure generally.

The study process included an overview of current indoor facility provision in the three study areas; consultation with the three indoor sports involved; meetings with representatives of Woden, Gungahlin and Belconnen Community Councils; analysis of population data and recent planning reports; and an analysis of approaches to the planning and funding of sport and recreation infrastructure in other jurisdictions.

Further details on the Report and the ACT Government response may be found at the following links:

Copy of the Report:

ACT Government Media Release:

ACT Government Response to the Report:

For further information regarding the report, please contact David Mason, Senior Associate on (07) 3823 5688 or via email to