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 Community and Recreation Hub project will 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 this development fulfills the needs and aspirations of all potential users.

Find out more about this exciting project by:

Do you have a great idea for the name of the new facility?
Submit your idea online or in the boxes located at the Civic Centre, Main Corner and the Library.

Sign up to receive updates and the project progresses.

We encourage community members to sign up for project updates or 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 Community and Recreation Hub project will 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 this development fulfills the needs and aspirations of all potential users.

Find out more about this exciting project by:

Do you have a great idea for the name of the new facility?
Submit your idea online or in the boxes located at the Civic Centre, Main Corner and the Library.

Sign up to receive updates and the project progresses.

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

  • Work continues on the detailed design

    about 2 months ago

    CEO Andrew Meddle shares the latest news on the internal configuration and detailed design of the Community and Recreation Hub.


    CEO Andrew Meddle shares the latest news on the internal configuration and detailed design of the Community and Recreation Hub.


  • Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub Update

    2 months ago
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    The City of Mount Gambier continues to refine the internal design features of the Community and Recreation Hub with architects CO-OP Studio and DesignInc. Detailed design options for the sports court flooring and aquatics facilities are currently being considered.

    Community and Recreation Hub Community Reference Group (CRG) members met with Elected Members and Council Officers on Thursday 4 July 2019 for an update on the project. It follows pre-work conducted by a team of technical specialists on site at Olympic Park on Margaret Street.

    “Feedback from the CRG, community members, Elected Members, field specialists and the technical team has contributed...

    The City of Mount Gambier continues to refine the internal design features of the Community and Recreation Hub with architects CO-OP Studio and DesignInc. Detailed design options for the sports court flooring and aquatics facilities are currently being considered.

    Community and Recreation Hub Community Reference Group (CRG) members met with Elected Members and Council Officers on Thursday 4 July 2019 for an update on the project. It follows pre-work conducted by a team of technical specialists on site at Olympic Park on Margaret Street.

    “Feedback from the CRG, community members, Elected Members, field specialists and the technical team has contributed to the evolution of the internal design,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.

    “So this is an opportune time to reconvene with the CRG to provide an update and seek their feedback on some of the options that have been presented to us by the architects to date.”

    The pre-construction assessments on site enable Council, through the Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee, to consider a number of options regarding the design of the aquatics facilities and associated infrastructure.

    “Constant changes in technology and innovation mean that new options are emerging all the time and new information provided by the technical team has resulted in discussions about the options available for the structure of the pools,” Mayor Martin said.

    “There is a new type of construction that is now being used in many pool projects known as Myrtha stainless steel and the architects have evaluated this against a concrete option.”

    Tender specifications will include options for both the Myrtha stainless steel and concrete pool structures in the interests of securing best value for money through both construction and whole of life costs.

    Preferred flooring options for the court areas are being considered, with two options compliant with Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) standards.

    “Both Neoshok and Haro brand flooring will be included in the tender process as we are confident that both options are suitable to meet required standards across multiple sports.”

    The internal design of the facility will be modified to allow for the inclusion of two kitchens, one on each floor.

    “We have received feedback from the community about the desire for highly functional kitchen spaces within the facility so this has enabled us to consider multiple options as we move forward with finalising the internal design and costings."

    "Like any design process, when you have a concept that is well advanced but not all details are complete, you need to provide the architects with information about the preferred options to be tested via a tender process which will provide more precise costings and determine material availability."

    “I look forward to the Regional Sport and Recreation Committee, the CRG, Elected Members and Council Officers working closely together to provide a facility that will benefit the whole community.”

    The Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee has extended the opportunity for the community to suggest a new name for the complex.

    “As works commence and the community can see things happening on site, it may generate additional name ideas for the new facility.”

    Name ideas can be submitted to the Community and Recreation Hub naming boxes located at the Civic Centre, Library and Main Corner Complex as well as online.

    Further information and updates on the project are available and interested persons can now subscribe to a newsletter via the Have Your Say site.


  • Hub naming consultation continues

    3 months ago
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    The Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee discussed extending the opportunity for the community to suggest names for the Community and Recreation Hub at a meeting last night.

    In May, Council resolved to undertake a month long engagement program to invite the community to submit ideas for a name for the new facility with a view to shortlist up to five names to be put to a community vote.

    Community consultation commenced on Wednesday 22 May 2019 and concluded Sunday 23 June 2019. Council received 74 name submissions that were considered by the sub-committee.

    “Council is appreciative of all name...

    The Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee discussed extending the opportunity for the community to suggest names for the Community and Recreation Hub at a meeting last night.

    In May, Council resolved to undertake a month long engagement program to invite the community to submit ideas for a name for the new facility with a view to shortlist up to five names to be put to a community vote.

    Community consultation commenced on Wednesday 22 May 2019 and concluded Sunday 23 June 2019. Council received 74 name submissions that were considered by the sub-committee.

    “Council is appreciative of all name submissions received during the consultation process and we thank all who participated at this stage. We want to assure the community that these ideas will be considered,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.

    “From the ideas we received, it is clear that people want the name of the largest infrastructure project Council has ever undertaken to reflect a sense of pride of place. We saw multiple references to Mount Gambier, the Blue Lake and Olympic Park.”

    The Mayor indicated that all submitted names will be retained and the community consultation process will be extended over the coming months to allow for additional name ideas to be lodged as the project unfolds.

    “Council is now at the stage where we can begin to share updates on the detailed design of the project. This is important with regard to a potential name as we want to ensure that the community can really envisage what the hub will be and its importance within the community.”

    "Once the building starts to take shape, people may feel more connected with the project and have additional names that they may like to share."

    “Therefore, we continue to invite people to put their thinking caps on and keep their ideas flowing for a name as we move forward with the project over the coming months.”

    Name ideas can be submitted to the Community and Recreation Hub naming boxes located at the Civic Centre, Library and Main Corner Complex as well as online.

    The committee indicated that it is seeking a name that reflects the facility as a whole.

    “We’d like a name that represents the entire multi-purpose community space including facilities and activities for all ages and abilities, cultural and recreational activities, not just based on aquatics, or sport.”

    In the meantime, Council has been working with architects CO-OP Studio and DesignInc on the detailed design features within the Community and Recreation Hub.

    “We will be sharing what we can with the community as soon as we can, but have to be careful not to prejudice any future procurement work.”

    “The Community Reference Group will be part of the team providing advice to Council as we progress the detailed design and costings,” Mayor Martin said.

  • Aquatic Centre closure in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

    3 months ago
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    The 2019/2020 Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre swimming season will end one month earlier than usual to enable development work associated with the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub and the 50 metre outdoor pool refurbishment to proceed. The Aquatic Centre located on Margaret Street will close on 29 February 2020 and the Olympic swimming pool will remain closed for the 2020/2021 season until the hub project is completed in late 2021.

    The seasonal public swimming pool precinct is owned by City of Mount Gambier and managed by Innovative Leisure Management Director Peter Collins. The centre usually opens during the warmer...

    The 2019/2020 Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre swimming season will end one month earlier than usual to enable development work associated with the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub and the 50 metre outdoor pool refurbishment to proceed. The Aquatic Centre located on Margaret Street will close on 29 February 2020 and the Olympic swimming pool will remain closed for the 2020/2021 season until the hub project is completed in late 2021.

    The seasonal public swimming pool precinct is owned by City of Mount Gambier and managed by Innovative Leisure Management Director Peter Collins. The centre usually opens during the warmer months from October through until April each year.

    “Council understands that the early closure of the Aquatic Centre in 2020 and no access to the pool for the 2020/2021 season will be an inconvenience to the community,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.

    “However, this is a necessary transition period for development work to occur on site as Council must build and deliver the hub, the largest infrastructure project it has ever undertaken, by the end of 2021.”

    “The new facility will be worth the wait and will provide indoor climate controlled aquatics facilities accessible to the public all year round. It will include a learn to swim pool, children’s water splash/play area, a 25 metre pool and a warm water pool, in addition to the existing outdoor 50 metre pool.”

    The Aquatic Centre is currently used by individuals, children, families, schools and the Department for Education and Childhood Development (DECD) for swimming lessons, carnivals, early lap swimming, recreation, classes and competitive training sessions.

    Council is working with Innovative Leisure Management to manage the shortened upcoming season to create as little disruption as possible.

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  • What will we name it?

    4 months ago
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    Council is seeking suggestions from the community for a new name for the $39.1 million Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub. Up to five names will be shortlisted by Council and put to a community vote.

    The Community and Recreation Hub is being developed as a multi-purpose community space with facilities and activities for all ages and abilities including children, families, youth, community groups, cultural activities, recreational and organised sports and those with special needs. It will be located at Olympic Park on Margaret Street Mount Gambier.

    “Now that Federal and State capital funding for the project has been secured...

    Council is seeking suggestions from the community for a new name for the $39.1 million Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub. Up to five names will be shortlisted by Council and put to a community vote.

    The Community and Recreation Hub is being developed as a multi-purpose community space with facilities and activities for all ages and abilities including children, families, youth, community groups, cultural activities, recreational and organised sports and those with special needs. It will be located at Olympic Park on Margaret Street Mount Gambier.

    “Now that Federal and State capital funding for the project has been secured and we’ve turned the first sod on site, it is time to consider a new name for the facility that the community can really connect with,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.

    “The Community and Recreation Hub will be the most significant recreational facility in our region with state-of-the-art aquatic, fitness, sports, cultural, youth, café and crèche facilities and it needs a name to reflect these attributes.”

    To be considered, name suggestions must meet the following selection criteria:

    • Communicate something meaningful,
    • Distinctive, easy to remember, say and spell,
    • Future oriented e.g. positioned for growth, change and success,
    • Representative of the community and broader region,
    • Reflective of the ancient or modern history of the site or region,
    • The name does not represent an individual community member,
    • The name is visual e.g. will lend itself to graphic presentation in a logo, in text and in brand architecture.

    Mayor Martin encouraged the community to be creative when considering a potential name for the facility.

    "Perhaps people will consider suggesting a name that represents a part of our region or history, a clever acronym, or something else that will appropriately reflect the use of the community facility we will use for the next 50 years or so."

    “It is important that the facility has a name and brand that reflects the aspirations of the community for the facility to be a place that people want to visit, experience and return to,” Regional Sport and Recreation Committee Presiding Member Ben Hood said.

    Ideas and contributions can be submitted in the Community and Recreation Hub naming boxes located at the Civic Centre, Library and Main Corner Complex as well as online from today, Wednesday 22 May 2019 until Sunday 23 June 2019.

    All community feedback received will be assessed and a report identifying the key themes will be presented to the Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee for consideration.

    “Up to five appropriate name submissions will be selected to progress to a community vote to decide on the winner,” Cr Hood said.

    Once the name of the facility has been endorsed, the process of developing the brand will begin.

    “The name will guide the brand and style guide. This will include a logo, uniforms, signage, promotional art work, digital artwork etc. to enable the brand to be implemented during each stage of development as required.”

    Meanwhile, Community Reference Group (CRG) concepts for a 'Donor Recognition Project' and a 'Sensory Garden' that seek to include the community and provide a sense of involvement and ownership in relation to the facility were endorsed by Council at its meeting on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

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  • Community and Recreation Hub Sod Turning Ceremony

    5 months ago
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    The first sod was turned at the Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre this afternoon to mark the official commencement of the $39.1 million Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.

    It follows a $15 million capital Australian Government funding agreement for the project under the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) formalised on 1 April 2019 and $10 million from the State Government RGF confirmed on 18 April 2019.

    "This ground-breaking event is a historic occasion for Mount Gambier," City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.

    “It recognises the hard work and support shown by many stakeholders to get to this point...

    The first sod was turned at the Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre this afternoon to mark the official commencement of the $39.1 million Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.

    It follows a $15 million capital Australian Government funding agreement for the project under the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) formalised on 1 April 2019 and $10 million from the State Government RGF confirmed on 18 April 2019.

    "This ground-breaking event is a historic occasion for Mount Gambier," City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.

    “It recognises the hard work and support shown by many stakeholders to get to this point including the present and former Council, staff, the Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin and the Community Reference Group (CRG).”

    The Australian Government funding was conditional on majority community support for the project, as indicated by the elector survey undertaken in late 2018 which returned an overwhelming 71.6 per cent ‘yes’ response to move ahead with the project from a total of 8,722 survey returns.

    “The work continues from here behind the scenes to deliver the largest infrastructure project Council has ever undertaken to our community by the end of 2021,” Mayor Martin said.

    In consultation with Council, Architects DesignInc and Co-Op Studio have provided a preliminary project plan outlining timelines for the next stage of the project.

    “Council is working with the design team to establish the draft implementation plan as a work in progress which will be further refined as we move forward.”

    “You won’t physically see works happening on site for a few months, but there is a lot going on in the background including development approvals, the commencement of soil and water testing and the timber feasibility study.”

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  • Federal funding announced for Community and Recreation Hub

    6 months ago
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    City of Mount Gambier welcomes Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin’s announcement that $15 million in Federal grant funding for the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project under the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been approved. Council is in the process of finalising the funding agreement with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

    City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin expressed her delight that the final hurdle to secure Federal funds for the $39.1 million proposal has almost been cleared.

    “Council is absolutely thrilled to hear from Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin that the Federal Government...

    City of Mount Gambier welcomes Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin’s announcement that $15 million in Federal grant funding for the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project under the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been approved. Council is in the process of finalising the funding agreement with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

    City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin expressed her delight that the final hurdle to secure Federal funds for the $39.1 million proposal has almost been cleared.

    “Council is absolutely thrilled to hear from Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin that the Federal Government will support the Community and Recreation Hub project with $15 million in grant funding,” Mayor Martin said.

    “This is the largest grant the local community has ever received and Council would like to acknowledge the work of Mr Pasin for his assistance in securing the funds.”

    The Federal funding was conditional on majority community support for the project, as indicated by the elector survey undertaken in late 2018 which returned an overwhelming 71.6 per cent ‘yes’ response from a total of 8,722 survey returns.

    The ‘yes’ vote also prompted the State Government to pledge $10 million from the State Regional Growth Fund in January this year to support upfront capital costs for the project.

    "Given the amount of work required to ensure Council’s largest infrastructure project can move forward in such a short space of time, the present and former Council, staff and the Community Reference Group have worked hard to do the background work to prepare for the project so that it is ‘shovel ready’," Mayor Martin said.

    Council endorsed spending of up to $66,000 for an early works package for the Community and Recreation Hub at its meeting on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

    “This will include a feasibility review into the use of timber as a feature and as part of the structure. We’re proud of the local timber industry and feel it’s important to promote and use timber in innovative ways within the hub where possible,” Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee Presiding Member Cr Ben Hood said.

  • Recreation Hub Business Case Endorsed

    8 months ago
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    The City of Mount Gambier endorsed the full business case submission to the Federal Government for the Regional Growth Fund application to secure $15 million earmarked for the Community and Recreation Hub at a Special Council meeting last night.

    The business case will be lodged with the Federal Government today Thursday 24 January 2019 to meet the Friday 25 January 2019 deadline.

    The Federal funding was conditional on majority community support for the project, as indicated by the recent elector survey which returned an overwhelming 71.6 per cent ‘yes’ response from a total of 8,722 survey returns.

    The ‘yes’ vote...

    The City of Mount Gambier endorsed the full business case submission to the Federal Government for the Regional Growth Fund application to secure $15 million earmarked for the Community and Recreation Hub at a Special Council meeting last night.

    The business case will be lodged with the Federal Government today Thursday 24 January 2019 to meet the Friday 25 January 2019 deadline.

    The Federal funding was conditional on majority community support for the project, as indicated by the recent elector survey which returned an overwhelming 71.6 per cent ‘yes’ response from a total of 8,722 survey returns.

    The ‘yes’ vote also prompted the State Government to pledge $10 million from the State Regional Growth Fund to support upfront capital costs for the project late last week.

    “Securing a total of $25 million in Federal and State Government funding in principle is a huge achievement. While it’s less than the $30 million Council was originally aiming for, Council is in a strong financial position to move forward and consider how to bridge the funding gap,” City of Mount Gambier Deputy Mayor Sonya Mezinec said.

    The Deputy Mayor welcomed formal notification of a $350,000 contribution to the capital costs of the project from neighbouring council District Council of Grant in a letter received from CEO David Singe on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

    "Council is very appreciative of District Council of Grant’s decision to provide a financial contribution to support the Community and Recreation Hub. There is no doubt that Grant ratepayers will enjoy using the facility in the future and we are grateful for the support."

    Council also endorsed the Prudential Report at the special meeting which stated that the $39.1 million Community and Recreation Hub project may progress with only a marginal impact on Council’s strong financial position while retaining capacity to consider the implementation of other projects over the short and long term.

    “Council has low loan borrowings, currently sitting at about $2.6 million for the Library and healthy cash savings which will grow to around $5 million by 2021.”

    “Council always intended on contributing $9.1 million to the capital cost of the project, but with an additional $5 million deficit following less grant funding than expected, around $7.6 million could be borrowed through the Local Government Finance Authority which provides loans specifically for major projects such as these. The interest rates for these loans are extremely low at about 3.6 per cent,” Cr Mezinec said.

    Council remains committed to maintaining rate increases at 4.5 per cent and not increasing rates to fund the Community and Recreation Hub project.


  • State Government announces funds for Hub

    8 months ago
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    The State Government has announced a funding commitment of $10 million from the State Regional Growth Fund to assist with the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.

    The announcement follows a recent meeting between South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM and CEO Mark McShane and the provision of a project business case to the State Government.

    “This is extremely positive news with the State Government and Federal Government funding to our community now totalling $25 million for this project. This is a huge vote of support for our City and the region.”...

    The State Government has announced a funding commitment of $10 million from the State Regional Growth Fund to assist with the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.

    The announcement follows a recent meeting between South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM and CEO Mark McShane and the provision of a project business case to the State Government.

    “This is extremely positive news with the State Government and Federal Government funding to our community now totalling $25 million for this project. This is a huge vote of support for our City and the region.” said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM

    “Our sincere appreciation goes to Premier Steven Marshall, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone and Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.”

    “Achieving success to this level has been an outstanding outcome and I acknowledge everyone involved in this project. I especially acknowledge Member for Barker Mr Tony Pasin MP for his support in gaining Federal Government funds and Member for Mount Gambier Mr Troy Bell and Member for MacKillop Mr Nick McBride who have reinforced the benefits of the project at State level.”

    The $25 million Federal and State Government grant commitments to the project will ensure the $39.1 million Community and Recreation Hub proposal will proceed. However, Council will now consider an additional contribution of $5 million towards the project.

    “We are in a strong financial position with very low loan borrowings and adequate cash savings hence we are able to consider contributing more to the project to ensure it is delivered without increasing rates beyond their current level and while still providing effective services to the community,” Mayor Martin said.

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  • Community votes in favour of Hub

    8 months ago
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    City of Mount Gambier electors have voted in favour of the Community and Recreation Hub proposal, the largest proposed infrastructure project in Council’s history.

    Of a total 8,722 elector survey returns, 71.6 per cent voted ‘yes’ in support of the project, and 28.4 per cent voted ‘no’. The total number of 'yes' votes was 6,230 while 2,466 electors voted 'no' with a 0.13 per cent invalid response rate.

    "Our community has spoken and have clearly indicated that they want this project to go ahead" said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM.
    “We thank all electors who took...

    City of Mount Gambier electors have voted in favour of the Community and Recreation Hub proposal, the largest proposed infrastructure project in Council’s history.

    Of a total 8,722 elector survey returns, 71.6 per cent voted ‘yes’ in support of the project, and 28.4 per cent voted ‘no’. The total number of 'yes' votes was 6,230 while 2,466 electors voted 'no' with a 0.13 per cent invalid response rate.

    "Our community has spoken and have clearly indicated that they want this project to go ahead" said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM.
    “We thank all electors who took the time to lodge a vote and have a say, a 45 per cent return rate is an excellent result for a survey of this type and this compares with the November 2018 Council election that saw an elector return rate of 43 per cent.”

    Independent market research company Market Solutions distributed the elector survey to 19,332 residents via post in late November to gauge community support for or against the proposed facility. The survey closed at last post on Friday 21 December 2018.

    “The Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub Survey response rate of 45 per cent is considered a high response rate for a postal survey and the Council can be confident these results reflect the views of the broader community on this topic,” a spokesperson for market research company Market Solutions said.

    The Federal Government earmarked $15million for the Community and Recreation Hub from the Regional Growth Fund, which was conditional on majority community support, as indicated by the elector survey.