Community and Recreation Hub

For over 30 years there have been community discussions about the need for an indoor aquatic centre and more recent discussions have incorporated other indoor sporting facilities into the conversation.

The proposed Community and Recreation Hub project has the potential to provide substantial indoor facilities addressing many community needs both now and for future generations to come.

It is recognised by all parties that the development of a multi-purpose facility is a significant undertaking and one that will require the collaboration and involvement of a range of stakeholders to realise.

Council has committed to work alongside our community to ensure that any such development fulfills the needs and aspirations of all potential users.

Find out more about this exciting project by:

Would you like to learn more? Do you have questions?

Come along to the pop up information session during November and have a chat with the project team.

Details of location will be posted weekly in the project updates section.

We encourage community members to check back to this page regularly throughout the project development, participate in consultations, ask questions and provide feedback.

For over 30 years there have been community discussions about the need for an indoor aquatic centre and more recent discussions have incorporated other indoor sporting facilities into the conversation.

The proposed Community and Recreation Hub project has the potential to provide substantial indoor facilities addressing many community needs both now and for future generations to come.

It is recognised by all parties that the development of a multi-purpose facility is a significant undertaking and one that will require the collaboration and involvement of a range of stakeholders to realise.

Council has committed to work alongside our community to ensure that any such development fulfills the needs and aspirations of all potential users.

Find out more about this exciting project by:

Would you like to learn more? Do you have questions?

Come along to the pop up information session during November and have a chat with the project team.

Details of location will be posted weekly in the project updates section.

We encourage community members to check back to this page regularly throughout the project development, participate in consultations, ask questions and provide feedback.

  • Would you like to find out more? Do you have any questions?

    4 days ago
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    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.


    This week you can find us at:
    Sunday 11 November
    10.00am – 2.00pm | Mount Gambier Library Market

    Monday 12 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    2.30pm – 5.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Tuesday 13 November
    9.00am – 11.00am | Library
    11.30am – 3.00pm | Mount Gambier Central
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce...

    The community survey will arrive in the post in December.

    Find out more before you have your say.

    Council’s project team will be out and about at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Come along and talk to us.


    This week you can find us at:
    Sunday 11 November
    10.00am – 2.00pm | Mount Gambier Library Market

    Monday 12 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    2.30pm – 5.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Tuesday 13 November
    9.00am – 11.00am | Library
    11.30am – 3.00pm | Mount Gambier Central
    12.00pm – 2.00pm Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)

    Wednesday 14 November
    11.00am – 3.00pm | Mount Gambier Central
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)

    Thursday 15 November
    10.00am – 11.30am | Library
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    3.00pm – 7.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Friday 16 November
    12.00pm – 2.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    2.00pm – 5.30pm | Mount Gambier Central

    Saturday 17 November
    9.30am – 12.30pm | Main Corner
    10.00am – 12.00pm | Commerce Place, Commercial Street West (Old Bupa shop)
    12.30pm onwards | Party in the Park

    Sunday 18 November
    10.00am – 3.00pm | Coles

    If you’d like us to visit your group or organisation contact us at 8721 2555 or city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au.

    For more information read through this page. If you still have questions contact Council on 8721 2555 or submit a question in the Q&A section.

  • $15million Federal Funding Announcement

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    The City of Mount Gambier’s Expression of Interest (EOI) for funds as part of the Federal Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to build the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub has progressed to stage two.

    Council is excited to learn that $15million has been earmarked for the project, following an announcement by Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin at the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Gala Awards Night held at the Barn Palais this evening.

    “$15million is by far the largest grant this community has ever received. Council would like to acknowledge the work of Federal Member for Barker Tony...

    The City of Mount Gambier’s Expression of Interest (EOI) for funds as part of the Federal Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to build the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub has progressed to stage two.

    Council is excited to learn that $15million has been earmarked for the project, following an announcement by Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin at the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Gala Awards Night held at the Barn Palais this evening.

    “$15million is by far the largest grant this community has ever received. Council would like to acknowledge the work of Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin for supporting Council’s EOI for funds to help establish the hub,” City of Mount Gambier CEO Mark McShane said.

    "Council feels fortunate that its EOI was able to stand out in a very competitive field. Hundreds of applications submitted to the fund from regional cities and towns all over Australia are also vying for funds to improve their communities and boost their economy."

    Council considers the announcement a vote of confidence in the project and Council’s work with the community and external specialists to develop intermediate designs and conduct financial analysis and cost estimates to satisfy the criteria for a full business case submission.

    “The proposed facility promises to be the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history with the intermediate architectural designs, financial modelling and costings released this week.”

    “Council has always maintained that it is committed to the development of a funding proposal that is ‘shovel ready’. We have worked hard to do the background work to progress this during the past six months. Now that documentation is ready, we will seek community endorsement to move the project forward through the soon to be conducted survey.”

    In addition to securing the Federal grant, Council will continue to lobby the State Government with support from Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell for funds to progress the project.

    Market research company Market Solutions has been appointed to conduct a postal survey of more than 19,000 electors within the city to gauge community support for the project to determine if it will proceed. The survey will include a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question and will be distributed in late November 2018, closing on 21 December 2018.

    “Mr Pasin’s funding announcement, leading into the elector survey, provides the community with confidence about the project proceeding.”

    “A community engagement program to inform the public about the proposed facility is scheduled to commence after the Council election. We look forward to engaging with the community about the proposed project to ensure electors are fully informed about the project before voting.”

    Voting slips will be mechanically processed and Council expects to receive the results by mid-January 2019.

  • Community and Recreation Hub planning progresses

    27 days ago
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    Following months of work with the community and external specialists, the intermediate designs and draft financial modelling for the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub have been completed. Based on the capital cost of $39,116 million, financials, operating models and grant income, the City of Mount Gambier does not foresee the need for rate increases specific to the operation of the facility.

    Intermediate design – What will the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub look like?

    Council and the Community Reference Group (CRG) comprised of individuals representing sporting, recreation and stakeholder groups, worked with architects Design Inc Co-op to...

    Following months of work with the community and external specialists, the intermediate designs and draft financial modelling for the proposed Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub have been completed. Based on the capital cost of $39,116 million, financials, operating models and grant income, the City of Mount Gambier does not foresee the need for rate increases specific to the operation of the facility.

    Intermediate design – What will the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub look like?

    Council and the Community Reference Group (CRG) comprised of individuals representing sporting, recreation and stakeholder groups, worked with architects Design Inc Co-op to develop intermediate designs for the Community Recreation Hub.

    “Proactive engagement with a range of community groups and service clubs and the CRG has provided valuable community input into the possible uses of the facility and the overall design and functionality,” City of Mount Gambier CEO Mark McShane said.

    “As a result, Council feels certain that the proposed facility will be a major focal point for recreation, community activities, functions and sport within the city.”

    Core design features and functional elements of the Community and Recreation Hub:

    • Six regulation size, multi-purpose courts for ball sports such as netball, basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball. Courts can also be used for badminton, carpet bowls and a range of other recreation and fitness purposes.

    • The courts can also be used for other purposes such as a venue for large conferences/events/performances accommodating more than 1000 people, including breakout areas and smaller conference/meeting rooms. Versatile space with a stage for live performances, retractable seating, efficient acoustics, projection and IT facilities.

    • Aquatics including a learn to swim pool, children’s water splash/play area, 25 metre pool and a warm water pool. All facilities will be to regulation size with disability access.

    • Youth program area, identified by Council’s youth plan.

    • Amenities including a crèche, café, and office space for sporting groups and allied health, disability access and storage areas.

    • Gym and fitness spaces located on the first floor along with community and conference rooms with associated amenities. Seating on the first floor, overlooking the six multi-purpose courts.

    • The current 50 metre pool (and grass surrounds) will be retained along with its heating and mechanical services for summer use, with easy access to the proposed facility.

    • The exterior features include increased car parking, undercover drop off areas and paved and landscaped entrance.

    “As part of the capital costs totaling $39,116million, Council will also carry out a range of work within existing capital infrastructure budgets during the construction period of about two years. This work is estimated to cost approximately $1.4million and would include site preparation, managing utility connections, landscaping, paving, car park surfacing, street furniture and landscaping.”

    The balance of $37,725 million represents the building cost estimate provided by cost estimator Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) and includes contingency, furniture fittings and equipment, professional fees and escalation.

    “The intermediate designs will form part of the submission should the project proceed from the Expression of Interest (EOI) to a full Federal grant application. If the project is funded, further engagement will occur with the CRG, other stakeholders, the community and Council to further refine the concepts and features.”

    Capital costs – Government funding required

    Since April 2018, Council has worked towards developing concept plans for the proposed community facility and conducted financial analysis and cost estimates to support a full business case submission for $20million under the Federal Government Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Council’s EOI is still being considered by the Federal Government.

    Council will continue to lobby the State Government to contribute at least $10million as a vital portion of funding for the construction of the hub. Council will also provide up to $10million, or approximately 25 per cent of the project cost to support the development of the project.

    “Securing up to $30million in funding is challenging, requiring support and collaboration between the three tiers of government. Council sincerely thanks Member for Barker Tony Pasin for his considerable ongoing support for the Regional Growth Fund application and Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell at the State Government level,” Mr McShane said.

    Operational costs – Ongoing costs if the Community and Recreation Hub is built

    Financial analyst BRM Holdich was engaged to undertake detailed financial analysis of the design, operational, financial and management aspects of the proposed community facility and model an operational budget. This work included the review of Council’s Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP), financing options and rating projections.

    “Within the projections of the proposed operating model, based on receiving $30million in funds from the Federal and State Government, Council does not foresee that rate rises will be required to specifically fund the operation of the proposed facility.”

    “Accounting for income and expenses, Council will need to budget approximately $1.4million annually to operate the facility.”

    “The significant lead time to deliver the project by late 2021, enables Council to build its financial position and budget to be able to fund both council’s capital contributions and annual operating costs.”

    Community survey – When will you have your say?

    Market research company Market Solutions has been appointed to conduct a survey of more than 19,000 electors within the city to gauge community support for or against the proposed facility.

    “Market Solutions will distribute a personally addressed mail survey which will include a double sided A4 fact sheet on the proposed facility.”

    “The envelope will contain a unique bar coded voting slip detailing one question requiring a yes/no response to be inserted into a reply paid envelope and returned.”

    The survey will be distributed in late November 2018 and will be open for two and a half weeks, closing on 21 December 2018.

    “A community engagement program to inform the public about the proposed facility is scheduled to commence after the Council election. We look forward to engaging with the community about the proposed project to ensure electors are fully informed about the project before voting.”

    Voting slips will be mechanically processed and Council expects to receive the results by mid-January 2019.

  • CRG and architects revise rec centre plans

    3 months ago
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    The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and the Community Reference Group (CRG) met with architects at the Civic Centre last night to discuss intermediate designs for the project funding proposal.

    DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne presented amended designs for the facility following CRG input and feedback from community engagement sessions in recent weeks.

    “To make it a true community facility there has been a lot of feedback and a desire for function spaces within this facility as an adaptable space for all generations,” DesignInc Adelaide Managing Director Richard Stafford said.

    “This is the first...

    The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and the Community Reference Group (CRG) met with architects at the Civic Centre last night to discuss intermediate designs for the project funding proposal.

    DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne presented amended designs for the facility following CRG input and feedback from community engagement sessions in recent weeks.

    “To make it a true community facility there has been a lot of feedback and a desire for function spaces within this facility as an adaptable space for all generations,” DesignInc Adelaide Managing Director Richard Stafford said.

    “This is the first cut of plans, they are going to change and improve. We think for this facility to be for everyone it has to have a lot of flexibility.”

    The architects believe alternative options will be required for a section of the proposed court area if it is to be used as a performance/multi-purpose space.

    “The acoustics you need for a sporting facility, both reverberation time and the break out noise from that facility are completely different for a performance and multipurpose space.”

    We’re doing a lot of work around the suitability of a surface that you can use as a show court and the suitability of that surface being used for performances, trade shows and community type functions."

    While the basic format of the proposed plans remains unchanged, the architects have focused on connectivity between spaces and providing family change areas throughout the facility.

    “Change rooms will have a divider in them, so they could provide four spaces or two, depending on the size of the event, or teams. Everything is about getting as much flexibility as possible into the way it has been set up,” Mr Stafford said.

    “Looking at the pool format there’s a bit of separation between the learn to swim area and splash pad, with the warm water pool allowing for diversity of all types and meeting the need for clubs and swimming competitions.”

    Thought has gone into back of house servicing into the pool plant, storage, multipurpose areas, car parking and drop off points.

    “There are multipurpose spaces upstairs and downstairs that could be hired for pool parties, used as a marshalling area, or used for pilates or aerobics, or even allied health spaces.”

    The architects will incorporate the latest feedback into the design this week and present 3D plans to the Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and CRG on Monday 3 September 2018.

    “In addition to work with the CRG and architects, Council has appointed cost estimators Rider Levett Bucknall to work closely with the architects to ensure costings for the proposed facility are accurate,” said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee.

    As part of an extensive engagement process to identify the level of support or otherwise for the facility, a community survey will be conducted in late November, early December with results known in late January.

    Take a look at the information available on this page and provide your feedback via the "Have Your Say" forum, ask a question in the Q&A section or directly contact the team, listed in the "Who's listening" section on the right.

  • Mayor responds to survey comments

    3 months ago
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    City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee has moved to respond to commentary about the cost of a survey for the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre and how it should be administered throughout the community.

    At a meeting this week, Council resolved the timing for an elector survey on the proposed facility after the Local Government Elections in November.

    “This proposal is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history and it has always been Council’s intention to conduct an extensive engagement process to identify the level of support or otherwise, once all the facts and...

    City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee has moved to respond to commentary about the cost of a survey for the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre and how it should be administered throughout the community.

    At a meeting this week, Council resolved the timing for an elector survey on the proposed facility after the Local Government Elections in November.

    “This proposal is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history and it has always been Council’s intention to conduct an extensive engagement process to identify the level of support or otherwise, once all the facts and costings are available to ensure the community is able to make an informed decision,” Mayor Lee said.

    The survey will be distributed to 19,270 people on the Electoral Roll which includes both ratepayers and non-ratepayers.

    To do this independently, Council endorsed an estimated budget of $65,000 from the 2018/19 forecast operating surplus to engage external specialist support to conduct the survey.

    “Council must gauge community opinion through a formal and credible process. It’s not as simple as asking a question or conducting a poll on a social media website like Facebook which anyone could respond to, or even using an email program like Survey Monkey which also has limitations as not all electors have an email address,” Mayor Andrew Lee said.

    “We are also unable to conduct the survey as part of the November Local Government Elections run by the Electoral Commission as the notices have already been issued. Council is currently developing plans, documentation and analysis on the project and therefore did not have the information available in time for Electoral Commission lead times.”

    The Mayor said it was vital to engage a professional company to administer the survey to ensure the community can be satisfied that the process was independent when the results are collated and released.

    In the meantime, Council continues to develop concept plans, documentation, financial analysis and cost estimates to inform the community about the operating costs of the proposed project.

    Take a look at the information available on this page and provide your feedback via the "Have Your Say" forum, ask a question in the Q&A section or directly contact the team, listed in the "Who's listening" section on the right.

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  • Sport and Rec survey to be held after elections

    3 months ago
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    At its August Council meeting, City of Mount Gambier resolved to conduct an elector survey on the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre after the Local Government Elections in November.

    During an election period, Council moves into a caretaker period to avoid actions and decisions which could, or could be perceived as intended to influence voters, or otherwise have a significant impact on the incoming Council.

    “Consistent with our caretaker policy, Council will go into a caretaker period from 4 September until mid-November 2018, which means that a comprehensive elector survey about the proposed facility will be held...

    At its August Council meeting, City of Mount Gambier resolved to conduct an elector survey on the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre after the Local Government Elections in November.

    During an election period, Council moves into a caretaker period to avoid actions and decisions which could, or could be perceived as intended to influence voters, or otherwise have a significant impact on the incoming Council.

    “Consistent with our caretaker policy, Council will go into a caretaker period from 4 September until mid-November 2018, which means that a comprehensive elector survey about the proposed facility will be held as soon as practicable after the election in November,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

    “Importantly, electors comprise those on the Electoral Roll which includes both ratepayers and non-ratepayers as it does for Local Government Elections.”

    In the meantime, Council will continue to develop concept plans, documentation, financial analysis and cost estimates to inform the community about the operating costs of the proposed project.

    “Council has endorsed an estimated budget of $65,000 from the 2018/19 forecast operating surplus which includes the engagement of external specialist support to conduct the survey.”

    The proposed facility will not proceed without community support and external grant funding. Council is seeking $20million in funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). The State Government will be requested to provide $10million and Council will contribute up to $10million to the project, but only if the community decides that it is in favour of the facility.

    The Community Reference Group (CRG) representing local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups to inform the design of the facility will go into recess for the duration of the election period.

    “Before caretaker period commences, Architects Design Inc Adelaide and CO-OP Studio Melbourne will be in Mount Gambier on Tuesday 28 August and Monday 3 September to meet with the CRG to discuss the concept, building plans, sports court surfaces and metrics, provide updated floor plans, 3D images of the proposed building and pool plant options.”

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  • Help us to determine the operating costs by providing your input into the design....

    3 months ago
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    The City of Mount Gambier is developing a project proposal for the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre (MGRSRC), an all-weather aquatic, sports and recreation facility.

    As part of this process we are working with the community to identify ways the facility can fulfill our communities interests and aspirations, including the delivery of both cultural and sporting activity at the site. This information will be invaluable in ascertaining how such a facility can be used, the design elements required and the financial implications in its delivery.

    Here is some of the input we have received so far:

    Music and...

    The City of Mount Gambier is developing a project proposal for the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre (MGRSRC), an all-weather aquatic, sports and recreation facility.

    As part of this process we are working with the community to identify ways the facility can fulfill our communities interests and aspirations, including the delivery of both cultural and sporting activity at the site. This information will be invaluable in ascertaining how such a facility can be used, the design elements required and the financial implications in its delivery.

    Here is some of the input we have received so far:

    Music and culture think tank
    13 August
    • Engineered sound and lighting provisions
    • Access to three phase power
    • Fit for purpose stage
    • Green rooms
    • Loading access
    • Flexible lighting options
    • Performance standard accoustics
    • Robust and durable flooring

    Community Reference Group
    7 August 2018
    • large group access points
    • Flow between indoor and outdoor spaces
    • Interactive displays and galleries
    • Function space - size and use
    • Alternative onsite location of cafe
    • Parking
    • A central and visible creche
    • Disability access
    • Storage and office space
    • Flexibility to cater for multiple sports

    Business Feedback
    "The proposed facility could be just what we need moving forward as we require access to a large central space in town with good kitchen facilities to continue to jost major events such as our biennial trade show which attracts more then 500 visitors, suppliers and industry representative." Jo Morris, The Distributors Mt Gambier

    Workshops with young children
    9-13 August 2018
    • Aniaml themeed play equipment
    • Water mushrooms
    • Big splashpad
    • Inclusion of small slides
    • Things to climb
    • Ample space to play with family and friends
    • Inflatable and temporary installations
    • Colourful, bright and fun
    Help us to determine the operating costs by providing your input into the design.

    View the draft concept plan and provide your input via the "Have Your Say" forum, directly to a member of the Community Reference Group, email city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au(External link) or contact a member of our team listed in the "Who's Listening" section (bottom right).
  • Have your say on the sport and rec centre design

    3 months ago
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    The community is encouraged to have their say in the design engagement stage of the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre.

    Architects DesignInc Adelaide and CO-OP Studio Melbourne are working on the internal concept design with community input to explore multiple uses for the facility.

    “The Community Reference Group (CRG) has already provided its first round of feedback to the architects. The group represents local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

    Council continues to engage with a broad range of stakeholders in...

    The community is encouraged to have their say in the design engagement stage of the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre.

    Architects DesignInc Adelaide and CO-OP Studio Melbourne are working on the internal concept design with community input to explore multiple uses for the facility.

    “The Community Reference Group (CRG) has already provided its first round of feedback to the architects. The group represents local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

    Council continues to engage with a broad range of stakeholders in developing the design and functionality of the proposed centre.

    “Council has met with various community groups in recent weeks, but we also want the wider community to participate in the design engagement stage."

    "Your comments and feedback are important, as input from the community regarding the use, purpose and design is the information that will determine the operating costs that both Council and the community are keen to know."

    The proposed project will not proceed without external grant funding and community support. Council is seeking $20million in funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund. The State Government will need to provide $10million and Council will contribute up to $10million to this project, but only if the community decides that it is in favour of the facility.

    “It’s important to remember that at this stage the facility is not a done deal. Community consultation will continue throughout the entire process and we will know more about operational costs in September.”

    The City of Mount Gambier is yet to hear whether or not its submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for funding under the Federal Government’s Regional Growth (RGF) for the proposed facility has been successful.

    “We’re waiting to hear of any news, but in the meantime we are moving forward with designs to ensure that if we are successful in receiving an invitation to submit an application for the second stage of the funding application, that this major project will be shovel ready,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

    View the draft concept plan and provide your input via the "Have Your Say" forum, directly to a member of the Community Reference Group, email city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au or contact a member of our team listed in the "Who's Listening" section (bottom right).




  • Council and CRG meet with architects

    3 months ago
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    The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and the Community Reference Group (CRG) met with architects at the Civic Centre on 7 August to inform planning for second stage designs for the project funding proposal.

    DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne shared their project vision to design a high quality facility that reflects the character of the Limestone Coast.

    “The architects outlined their aim to design a facility that caters for the physical, cultural and inter-generational needs of our community. They will seek a sustainable outcome which balances competing social, economic and environmental factors and incorporates...

    The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and the Community Reference Group (CRG) met with architects at the Civic Centre on 7 August to inform planning for second stage designs for the project funding proposal.

    DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne shared their project vision to design a high quality facility that reflects the character of the Limestone Coast.

    “The architects outlined their aim to design a facility that caters for the physical, cultural and inter-generational needs of our community. They will seek a sustainable outcome which balances competing social, economic and environmental factors and incorporates adaptable spaces to facilitate the diverse and changing needs of the community,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

    Twelve members of the CRG were present to provide their feedback at the meeting, representing local schools, swim clubs, allied health care providers, sporting/recreation club representatives and other community groups.

    Elected Members and the CRG collaborated to provide their thoughts on what the proposed community facility should incorporate.

    "Some key themes emerged throughout our discussions including safety, child protection and a central and visible crèche" Mayor Andrew Lee

    “Further specific needs were identified for school groups and those in our community with access issues.”

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  • Swimmers cross fingers and toes for indoor pool

    3 months ago
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    Blue Lake Y and Mount Gambier Swimming Clubs returned from Portland this week more enthusiastic than ever about the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre after participating in highly ranked swimming clinics at the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre with former Swimming Australia head coach Leigh Nugent.

    Forty swimmers took part in the clinics with a focus on refining all aspects of stroke technique, dives and turns. Earlier this month, local swimmers also attended Gold Class Swim Clinics in Geelong and the State Short Course Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

    “It is really disappointing that we could not hold...

    Blue Lake Y and Mount Gambier Swimming Clubs returned from Portland this week more enthusiastic than ever about the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre after participating in highly ranked swimming clinics at the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre with former Swimming Australia head coach Leigh Nugent.

    Forty swimmers took part in the clinics with a focus on refining all aspects of stroke technique, dives and turns. Earlier this month, local swimmers also attended Gold Class Swim Clinics in Geelong and the State Short Course Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

    “It is really disappointing that we could not hold the state clinic in Mount Gambier but our city just doesn’t have the facilities to cater for such an event,” Mount Gambier Swimming Club Coach Julie Moran said.

    Talented local swimmers selected to represent the state in school swimming during the past few years have had limited pool access and restricted training in the lead up to national events. This year, swimmers travelled over the border to use Portland’s pool during winter for intensive training sessions in the lead up to State Short Course Swimming Championships.

    “Regular trips over the border in the past month have really highlighted the need for an indoor pool in our local community.”

    The swimming coach said that while the clubs are grateful to train at Swimskool in Mount Gambier during the winter months, swimmers are disadvantaged because they are not able to practice all of the necessary skills required to compete at swim meets.

    Both clubs agree that the indoor 25 metre heated pool proposed as part of the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre would adequately cater to training needs and provide an opportunity for clubs to host major carnivals, generate tourism and create economic benefit within the region.

    “We love the idea that one day we might be able to host our own winter inter-district and cross border swim meets to bring swimmers and their families to our region.”

    “With the current 50 metre pool at Olympic Park and the addition of the proposed 25 metre indoor pool as part of the centre, there would always be a pool open for public swimming in Mount Gambier, unlike when we currently host the South East Swimming Association summer carnivals. Even Adelaide clubs have welcomed the proposal and have indicated that they would consider running training camps in Mount Gambier.”

    “The proposed sporting facility will provide benefits to many sporting groups incorporated within the plan and the dry area will be fantastic to help offset the running expenses of the pool.”

    Mrs Moran and Blue Lake Y Swim Club counterpart Jamie MacDonald are members of the Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Community Reference Group (CRG), which plays an important role in representing the community by providing input into the design, functionality and operations of the proposed community centre to ensure current and future needs of potential users are considered.