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.

Do you have a question about the Mount Gambier Regional Sports and Recreational Centre? Ask it here and a member of the project team will get back to you.

Please note that some questions may be published on this page to allow others to benefit from knowing the answer.

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  • Two questions, first catering for the multi court facility, i notice kitchen and bar facilities for pool and function areas, but these are too far away and too small for the multi court facility, how will catering be handled for major functions using this space. Second question, areas this large will need auto scrubbers and other machinery for cleaning maintenance, where is the storage area for this equipment, i do see plant rooms on the plans but from my experience of facilities management these areas are usually filled with plant and the location is not providing suitable access for the equipment that will be required . Basically there are no cleaners rooms with wet areas in this plan or areas that can store 400kg plus auto scrubbers and other machinery such as floor burnishers, etc, safe chemical storage (cleaning chemicals will need to be stored separate from pool chemicals by occupational health and safety statute), that will be required to maintain this facilities. This is a very common missed by designers very little thought is ever given to cleaning and will cause major headaches and budget blowouts in the day to day operation, but when well designed cleaners rooms are included, assist general cleaning maintenance and help keep cleaning maintenance costs down. I ask this question from experience of managing and maintaining facilities smaller and allot larger than what is proposed here.

    Phil asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

    Should we be successful in proceeding with this project we will use your feedback to guide any further detailed drawings.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

  • What is the exact location and extent of this proposed facility? What existing buildings or facilities will be removed to create it?

    Angela asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. 

    The Community and Recreation Hub will be located from behind the existing 50m pool in Margaret Street through towards O’Halloran Terrace. The site overview provides an indicative view of the location. The only existing facilities that will be removed are the current aquatic foyer/change-rooms, the small pools, the netball storage building and the community building currently leased to the Open Door Baptist Church.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

  • What is going to happen to exciting venues such as carpet bowls venues, netball, volleyball facilities etc if these are provided in the new hub? Won't the venues operated both by private operators & not for profit clubs be affected if part / all of their facilities don't get used?

    bev57 asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

    The Community and Recreation Hub has been designed to complement and extend on current facilities in Mount Gambier and the region. Council has worked with various sporting clubs and members of the community to develop the Community and Recreation Hub designs to ensure they will meet their needs now and for many decades into the future. 

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

  • What is the considered impact on existing city infrastructure such as privately owned indoor courts, pools, small halls and clubs or function centres? Does the proposed facility incorporate hydro therapy? Will small sporting clubs such as indoor bowls clubs even be able to afford to use the facilities? How could a facility with a size such as this cost less than the library to operate?

    #moreinforequired asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your questions.

    Council has worked with various sporting clubs and members of the community to develop the Community and Recreation Hub designs to ensure they will meet their needs now and for many decades into the future and also complement other facilities we already have.

    The proposed Community and Recreation Hub will feature a warm water pool for swimming, exercise and relaxation. The design of warm water pool also allows it to be screened off to provide a space for parents with babies, fitness classes and those with special needs. 

    The inclusion of additional and multipurpose facilities helps with the viability of the hub by offsetting some of the operational costs through increased revenue opportunities.

    If you still have further questions visit the FAQ's page , take a look at the Fact Sheets or contact us again.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

  • Is there a guarantee that there will be no cost blow out, and it ends costing $45 mill. plus? Also, is there a guarantee that, AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE, the ratepayers will not be footing the bill?

    Pat. asked 11 months ago

    There has been an 8% contingency (approx. $3M) built into the budget to allow for any variations that may occur. Fact sheet 6 outlines the costs of running the facility. As with all services provided by Council they are funded by the rate revenue. For further information available here.

  • With the very real prospect of a change in Federal Government at the next election, is the $15M grant locked in? State Government has a major blowout in its budget - what happens if they do not come up with the required funding? Projected income from Pioneers participation is already lost. What other income projections have been used to justify this project & are they guaranteed?

    Pleb asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your questions.
    Question 1: With the very real prospect of a change in Federal Government at the next election, is the $15M grant locked in? 
    We are responding to the assurance given by our Local Member, Tony Pasin MP that should the community endorse the development of the project $15M has been earmarked by the Federal Government. Additionally, as requested by the Federal Government we are completing the full business case for submission by 25 January 2019.

    Question 2: State Government has a major blowout in its budget - what happens if they do not come up with the required funding? 
    Council continue to seek matching funding from the State Government. Should funding not match that being sought Council will need to consider its position.

    Question 3: Projected income from Pioneers participation is already lost. What other income projections have been used to justify this project & are they guaranteed?
    Income to Basketball Mount Gambier from the Pioneers for court hire was very small and should the Pioneers not continue this will have no impact on the financial modelling.
    The financial modelling is based on conservative estimation of facility use by a broad mix of sporting groups and clubs and the community. The financial modelling report can be found here.

  • A rock climbing wall with an auto belay system would be fantastic. Any possibility for that?

    Monica asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    The architects have focussed the design to deliver flexible and efficient use of the facility that allows capacity to include additional features for future needs that are responsive to community demand. Rather than facilities or options to be ‘fixed’ and therefore difficult to remove in the future there may be temporary/short term features that provide a variety of activities. 

  • will those clubs using the centre be charged a annual fee, or will all players pay an admission fee when they use the centre? As a past cricket player playing when the mount gambier and district cricket association brought in a turf levy to cover the cost of turf wickets in mount gambier, most clubs found that they could not raise the $2:50 per Player, and so over a period of a few years ,clubs folded or amalgamated.Unless the clubs generate most of the running costs, I think you will find that a large number of rate payers will be against it.

    Robin herbert asked about 1 year ago

    Hi. Thanks for your question.

    We acknowledge that cost can be a key barrier to participation.

    At this stage we cannot determine the operating costs of the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre. Council is in the process of developing a project proposal which will identify the design and financial cost including the ongoing operational costs for the community. 

    As part of this process we are working with the community to identify ways the facility can fulfil 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.

    Until this work has been completed Council cannot provide a costed analysis to enable the community to make an informed decision on the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sports and Recreation Centre (MGRSRC). Further engagement will then be undertaken with the community once the design and costs have been identified.

    If you would like to have input into the internal design concept you can contact members of the Community Reference Group, leave a comment in the Have Your Say section or email city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier

  • So will the pool be a 50m pool to perhaps encourage swimming comps. ie similar to the complex at Marion in Adelaide. Just think of the money this could generate for mount gambier. Think big now and have a magnificent complex for the future.

    asked about 1 year ago

    A 50 metre indoor pool would substantially add to the capital cost (several million dollars) and the operational costs of the facility including heating a much larger body of water and climate control for a larger internal space. 

    The vast majority of recreational pools are 25 metres, both regional and suburban. The community will have access to the current heated outdoor pool for six months each year during the main swimming season.

    If you wish to provide input into the design of the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sports and Recreation Centre you can contact a member of the Community reference Group or directly contact the Council staff listed in the "Who's Listening" section.