Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre

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Artist impression of the front entry to the Wulanda Convention and Recreation Centre

UPDATE: Facility opening December 2022

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 Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre is a multi-purpose facility designed to be a community space, with facilities and activities for all ages and abilities including children, families, youth, community groups, recreational and organised sports and those with special needs.

This development will provide substantial year round indoor facilities, addressing many community needs both now and for future generations to come.

The Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre will increase the ability for Mount Gambier to host major sporting competitions, conferences, events and performances providing significant social and economic benefits.

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

Find out more about this exciting project by:


UPDATE: Facility opening December 2022

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 Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre is a multi-purpose facility designed to be a community space, with facilities and activities for all ages and abilities including children, families, youth, community groups, recreational and organised sports and those with special needs.

This development will provide substantial year round indoor facilities, addressing many community needs both now and for future generations to come.

The Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre will increase the ability for Mount Gambier to host major sporting competitions, conferences, events and performances providing significant social and economic benefits.

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

Find out more about this exciting project by:


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Please forward any questions to city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au or contact the customer experience team on 8721 2555.

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.

  • Share Further to my previous question with regard to Wulunda; Ms Philpott is quoted as say that 25 million was from grants (state and federal) and the rest was financed by Council borrowings. Is the loan interest fixed, variable or a combination of fixed/variable? If it is a combination what percentage is fixed and what percentage is variable? on Facebook Share Further to my previous question with regard to Wulunda; Ms Philpott is quoted as say that 25 million was from grants (state and federal) and the rest was financed by Council borrowings. Is the loan interest fixed, variable or a combination of fixed/variable? If it is a combination what percentage is fixed and what percentage is variable? on Twitter Share Further to my previous question with regard to Wulunda; Ms Philpott is quoted as say that 25 million was from grants (state and federal) and the rest was financed by Council borrowings. Is the loan interest fixed, variable or a combination of fixed/variable? If it is a combination what percentage is fixed and what percentage is variable? on Linkedin Email Further to my previous question with regard to Wulunda; Ms Philpott is quoted as say that 25 million was from grants (state and federal) and the rest was financed by Council borrowings. Is the loan interest fixed, variable or a combination of fixed/variable? If it is a combination what percentage is fixed and what percentage is variable? link

    Further to my previous question with regard to Wulunda; Ms Philpott is quoted as say that 25 million was from grants (state and federal) and the rest was financed by Council borrowings. Is the loan interest fixed, variable or a combination of fixed/variable? If it is a combination what percentage is fixed and what percentage is variable?

    Ieh asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Council has a combination of fixed and variable loans in line with our long term financial plan and treasury management policy. These document are available at www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au

    If you have further queries please do not hesitate to email city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au.  

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share I refer again to my question which you so kindly attempted to answer today. In your answer you indicated that the of the seating costs were included in the "overall budget". My question was specifically relating to the 62.5 million dollar "final" figure quoted by Ms Philpott. I again refer you to the article in the Border Watch which Ms Philpott indicated the project budget, yet then stated there is another Council Budget from memory about 70 million). Please be specific and answer the direct question as you only continue to fuel community concerns about how the Council is hiding costs and cost-shifting by giving vague statements to the press and ambiguous answers to the community. Many thanks for your timely response. on Facebook Share I refer again to my question which you so kindly attempted to answer today. In your answer you indicated that the of the seating costs were included in the "overall budget". My question was specifically relating to the 62.5 million dollar "final" figure quoted by Ms Philpott. I again refer you to the article in the Border Watch which Ms Philpott indicated the project budget, yet then stated there is another Council Budget from memory about 70 million). Please be specific and answer the direct question as you only continue to fuel community concerns about how the Council is hiding costs and cost-shifting by giving vague statements to the press and ambiguous answers to the community. Many thanks for your timely response. on Twitter Share I refer again to my question which you so kindly attempted to answer today. In your answer you indicated that the of the seating costs were included in the "overall budget". My question was specifically relating to the 62.5 million dollar "final" figure quoted by Ms Philpott. I again refer you to the article in the Border Watch which Ms Philpott indicated the project budget, yet then stated there is another Council Budget from memory about 70 million). Please be specific and answer the direct question as you only continue to fuel community concerns about how the Council is hiding costs and cost-shifting by giving vague statements to the press and ambiguous answers to the community. Many thanks for your timely response. on Linkedin Email I refer again to my question which you so kindly attempted to answer today. In your answer you indicated that the of the seating costs were included in the "overall budget". My question was specifically relating to the 62.5 million dollar "final" figure quoted by Ms Philpott. I again refer you to the article in the Border Watch which Ms Philpott indicated the project budget, yet then stated there is another Council Budget from memory about 70 million). Please be specific and answer the direct question as you only continue to fuel community concerns about how the Council is hiding costs and cost-shifting by giving vague statements to the press and ambiguous answers to the community. Many thanks for your timely response. link

    I refer again to my question which you so kindly attempted to answer today. In your answer you indicated that the of the seating costs were included in the "overall budget". My question was specifically relating to the 62.5 million dollar "final" figure quoted by Ms Philpott. I again refer you to the article in the Border Watch which Ms Philpott indicated the project budget, yet then stated there is another Council Budget from memory about 70 million). Please be specific and answer the direct question as you only continue to fuel community concerns about how the Council is hiding costs and cost-shifting by giving vague statements to the press and ambiguous answers to the community. Many thanks for your timely response.

    Ieh asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Yes, the retractable seating is included in the 62.5 million dollar "final" figure.  

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share I refer to the article in The Border Watch (10-9-22) which quotes Ms Philpott as saying that the FINAL cost of the Wulunda build is 62.5 million. I note in the interview with Ms Cernovskis (ABC South East SA 19-10-22) that retractable seating is not due to be installed until May 2023 and seating on the western courts in September 2023. Are these costs included in the 62.5 million or are they additional costs? on Facebook Share I refer to the article in The Border Watch (10-9-22) which quotes Ms Philpott as saying that the FINAL cost of the Wulunda build is 62.5 million. I note in the interview with Ms Cernovskis (ABC South East SA 19-10-22) that retractable seating is not due to be installed until May 2023 and seating on the western courts in September 2023. Are these costs included in the 62.5 million or are they additional costs? on Twitter Share I refer to the article in The Border Watch (10-9-22) which quotes Ms Philpott as saying that the FINAL cost of the Wulunda build is 62.5 million. I note in the interview with Ms Cernovskis (ABC South East SA 19-10-22) that retractable seating is not due to be installed until May 2023 and seating on the western courts in September 2023. Are these costs included in the 62.5 million or are they additional costs? on Linkedin Email I refer to the article in The Border Watch (10-9-22) which quotes Ms Philpott as saying that the FINAL cost of the Wulunda build is 62.5 million. I note in the interview with Ms Cernovskis (ABC South East SA 19-10-22) that retractable seating is not due to be installed until May 2023 and seating on the western courts in September 2023. Are these costs included in the 62.5 million or are they additional costs? link

    I refer to the article in The Border Watch (10-9-22) which quotes Ms Philpott as saying that the FINAL cost of the Wulunda build is 62.5 million. I note in the interview with Ms Cernovskis (ABC South East SA 19-10-22) that retractable seating is not due to be installed until May 2023 and seating on the western courts in September 2023. Are these costs included in the 62.5 million or are they additional costs?

    Ieh asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Yes, while the retractable seating is yet to be installed, the cost is included in the overall budget.

    Have your say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share How do I book my son in for swimming lessons for 2023? on Facebook Share How do I book my son in for swimming lessons for 2023? on Twitter Share How do I book my son in for swimming lessons for 2023? on Linkedin Email How do I book my son in for swimming lessons for 2023? link

    How do I book my son in for swimming lessons for 2023?

    Sandra Urquhart asked over 1 year ago
    Thank you for your question.

    You can enrol for GOswim lessons online at  www.wulanda.com.au/join/enrol-in-learn-to-swim or call on 08 8726 0400.

    Further in formation about GOswim and other programs at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre is available at www.wulanda.com.au.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share Good morning, Will you have swimming lessons and if so where am I able to book. Thanks on Facebook Share Good morning, Will you have swimming lessons and if so where am I able to book. Thanks on Twitter Share Good morning, Will you have swimming lessons and if so where am I able to book. Thanks on Linkedin Email Good morning, Will you have swimming lessons and if so where am I able to book. Thanks link

    Good morning, Will you have swimming lessons and if so where am I able to book. Thanks

    Rachel Atwell-Rigaux asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    There will be a range of swimming programs available at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Center including those in the indoor aquatics facilities which will be open all year. For further information and to register please visit www.wulanda.com.au.

    Have your say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share Is the indoor pool heated on Facebook Share Is the indoor pool heated on Twitter Share Is the indoor pool heated on Linkedin Email Is the indoor pool heated link

    Is the indoor pool heated

    Colin asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The indoor aquatics zone at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre is climate controlled to enable year round use. Each of the indoor pools is heated to between 28 - 34 degrees depending on their specified use, for example the 25m indoor pool will 28 degrees. 

    For further details about the specific facilities at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre  take a look at the various fact sheets,  specific details on the aquatic facilities is available in the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre Fact Sheet 2

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Project Team

  • Share When are applications available to submit for employment at recreational centre on Facebook Share When are applications available to submit for employment at recreational centre on Twitter Share When are applications available to submit for employment at recreational centre on Linkedin Email When are applications available to submit for employment at recreational centre link

    When are applications available to submit for employment at recreational centre

    Helen Griffiths asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    There will be a range of employment opportunities available at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre. For further information and to register your interest please visit www.wulanda.com.au.

    Have your say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share Do we have an update on the proposed opening? 6 months, 12 months? on Facebook Share Do we have an update on the proposed opening? 6 months, 12 months? on Twitter Share Do we have an update on the proposed opening? 6 months, 12 months? on Linkedin Email Do we have an update on the proposed opening? 6 months, 12 months? link

    Do we have an update on the proposed opening? 6 months, 12 months?

    StuFrench asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre will open to the community in December 2022.

    In December, the doors will be open to the revamped outdoor 50m pool and new indoor 25m pool, splash pad, warm water program pool, and learn to swim pool as well as the eastern bank of timber courts, function and community rooms, the health club, and the café.

    In February, the western bank of courts will be finalised and opened to the community, providing further opportunities to host events, conventions, concerts and sporting competitions. Retractable seating in both banks of courts will progressively be installed next year, further supporting large scale events and activities providing seating for thousands of spectators.

    For further information and to sign up to the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre newsletter visit www.wulanda.com.au.

    Have You Say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share My daughter has been unable to access swimming lessons the past 2.5 years. How can I book her in for private lessons to start as soon as the centre is open? on Facebook Share My daughter has been unable to access swimming lessons the past 2.5 years. How can I book her in for private lessons to start as soon as the centre is open? on Twitter Share My daughter has been unable to access swimming lessons the past 2.5 years. How can I book her in for private lessons to start as soon as the centre is open? on Linkedin Email My daughter has been unable to access swimming lessons the past 2.5 years. How can I book her in for private lessons to start as soon as the centre is open? link

    My daughter has been unable to access swimming lessons the past 2.5 years. How can I book her in for private lessons to start as soon as the centre is open?

    L asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    There will be a range of swimming programs available at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Center including those in the indoor aquatics facilities which will be open all year. For further information and to register please visit www.wulanda.com.au.

    Have your say Mount Gambier Team

  • Share Hi Is there a swimming lesson wait-list yet? Thank you on Facebook Share Hi Is there a swimming lesson wait-list yet? Thank you on Twitter Share Hi Is there a swimming lesson wait-list yet? Thank you on Linkedin Email Hi Is there a swimming lesson wait-list yet? Thank you link

    Hi Is there a swimming lesson wait-list yet? Thank you

    Lauren2 asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    There will be a range of swimming programs available at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Center including those in the indoor aquatics facilities which will be open all year. For further information and to register please visit www.wulanda.com.au.

    Have your say Mount Gambier Team

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