The Draft Cricket Wicket Policy 2022 supersedes the 2002 Cricket Wicket Policy. The draft policy establishes a clear set of guidelines for the establishment and maintenance of cricket wicket facilities within the City of Greater Dandenong including both Council and sports club responsibilities.
Council currently has 18 turf wicket tables, one of the highest amongst Victorian Local Government Authorities, and 18 synthetic wickets.
The draft policy aims to better align turf cricket wicket usage with the suitable level of competition and create financial and operational efficiencies.
The scope of the policy review was to:
- Ensure suitable facilities are provided to play and practice cricket
- Encourage the development of female and junior participation as a development pathway
- Ensure that facilities are inclusive and accessible
- Ensure facilities are provided that support pathways for local cricketers to achieve state and national team selection
A key consideration of the policy review was the Gender Equality Act 2020 which requires that Councils “…must consider and promote gender equality; and take necessary and proportionate action towards achieving gender equality.” This is further supported by the implementation of the Victorian Government’s Fair Access Policy which aims to improve the access to, and use of, community sports infrastructure for women and girls.
The other key consideration was Councils’ capacity to adequately maintain turf tables to the required standard, considering the high levels of demand for use.
The implementation of the policy will be staged in keeping with the dates related to the implementation of the Victorian Government’s Fair Access Policy.
This consultation has now closed.