Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre

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

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.

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

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:

Do you want to keep up to date with the progress of this facility? Sign up to receive updates as construction begins 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 and ask questions.

Q&A

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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    When will jobs start to be announced for the hub?

    Shan asked 20 days ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The facility is still under construction with expected completion in Autumn 2022. Work is commencing on the operational model for the facility which will include identification of employment opportunities in the months ahead.

    Any opportunities will be advertised as we progress towards the opening of the facility.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

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    What provision has been made for users to get the many health benefits of sunshine, considering indoor screen time for children has increased exponentially in the last two decades.

    sunshine asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question.

    While one of the many benefits of the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre is to provide an all weather indoor facility it is just one of many sporting and recreation facilities within the City of Mount Gambier including parks, playgrounds, open spaces, sporting fields, pump tracks, the rail trail etc. These facilities, recreation and open spaces play an important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of the community, catering for a variety of needs, interests and abilities.

    Council knows that recreation and open spaces are important to our community and is currently undertaking the development of a Sport, Recreation and Open Spaces Strategy to guide the future direction of these important facilities.

    To share your views and provide input to shape this strategy complete the survey at www.haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au/sross, or contact the team on 8721 2555.

    Have Your Say Team

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    Hi , this area has always been Olympic Park and is a great name . Why are we changing the name at all ?

    Badge asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Olympic Park is the name of the precinct which is home to several facilities. The current community consultation is to name the new facility being constructed on within the precinct replacing the Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre.

    Council considered 165 name submissions from the community for the facility, shortlisting the following three names for consideration: 

    • Wulanda - Bunganditj language which means ‘enjoy, cherish’.
    • Berrin - Bunganditj language which means ‘Mount Gambier’.
    • Mount Gambier CoRe - an acronym for community and recreation that references centre, hub, heart. 


    The following extended titles are also presented for community feedback:

    • Convention and Recreation Centre
    • Community, Sport and Recreation Hub
    • Sport, Recreation and Entertainment Centre


    The community is invited to select their preference for a name and recommendation for an extended title for the facility. To indicate you preference, complete the online submission.

    For further information and project updates on the Community and Recreation Hub project please read the FAQs and other information available on this page.

    Have Your Say Team


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    Will there be public tours during the construction as has been on other council projects ( Main Corner. Rail Lands )

    Greg asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Council is currently working with BADGE Construction to explore the opportunity of public tours of the Community and Recreation Hub during construction. 

    To stay informed with the development of this project and the potential for public tours, check back with this page or sign up for project updates.

    For further information on the Community and Recreation Hub project please read the FAQs and other information available on this page.

    Have Your Say Team

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    Will there be an opportunity for roller derby? Lots of opportunity around this - Fringe event with Murder City Roller Girls, a fresh meat intake for youth and older starters, competition against other regional towns, etc.

    Sharn asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your query about the opportunity for roller derby at the Community and Recreation Hub. 

    The Community and Recreation Hub has been designed to be a multi-purpose community space that can host and facilitate a range of aquatic, sporting, cultural, entertainment and community activities. 

    The facility will include six regulation sized multi-purpose courts in two banks of three, with different court surfaces allowing for alternative uses.  The surface of the three courts in the entertainment hall will be a hardwearing surface designed to accommodate concerts, conference set-ups, expos as well as sporting and community activities which could include roller skating or roller derby.

    Further information on the Community and Recreation Hub is available in the Detailed Design, Fact Sheets and other information available on this page.

    Have Your Say Team

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    You mention that Council is in a strong financial position! What exactly does this mean?? Personally a strong financial position to me means I have more money than I have debts. Is Council in this position? If not what is your definition of a strong financial position please?

    shunter asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your further questions about the Community and Recreation Hub project.

    We invite you to attend a community Q&A session where Council can provide you with greater detail on the development and answer any questions about Community and Recreation Hub project. To book a seat at a Q&A session please phone 8721 2526.

    Have Your Say Team


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    Surely the architect has take some responsibility for this cost over run? They were given a scope and a budget, why are they not being held partly at fault for not sticking to the budget? It is their job as the lead design consultant to ensure the scope and budget remain on track. They should have guided Council through the process of including or excluding certain parts of the building if it would not be able to be captured within the $40m budget. Please tell me the Architect has not requested additional fees for designing a building that has cost $18m more than what they quoted for the job originally.

    Architect needs to be held accountable asked 8 months ago

    Hi, thank you for your interest in the Community and Recreation Hub project.

    Council has engaged a design team, engineers, independent cost consultants and a project management team to oversee this project. Ultimately, it is the procurement process that determines the final market price. All external parties have been remunerated in accordance with the terms of their contracts.

    For further information on the Community and Recreation Hub project please read the FAQs and other information available on this page.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team

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    Why did the council find it necessary to keep the public in the dark on the price hikes till the last minute?

    LGC asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the Community and Recreation Hub project.

    Council is not trying to hide information about the project from the community. In order to maintain the integrity of a competitive procurement process and to secure best value for money, cost estimates on the final design could not be publicly released during the live tender process.

    Pursuant to section 92 of the Local Government Act 1999, Council has a responsibility to ensure matters of a commercial nature remain in confidence to protect the interest of the community by maintaining the integrity and competitive nature of the tender process. Following the signing of the contract, 16 of 18 items relating to the project have been released from Council's confidential items register and are now published on Council's website.

    For further information on the Community and Recreation Hub project please read the FAQs and other information available on this page.

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team.

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    Has the council had a meeting to discuss community engagement which was mentioned online by Ben Hood - and what was the outcome of that meeting ? Also has the mayor read the online pages of Graham Greenwood where there is a massive amount of comments from very upset misled ratepayers, who would like to see this go back to the drawing board - If not why not, I am sure she can be invited to the page if she would like to read the concerns of the people that are paying for this. The silence has been deafening from the council. Why are we not getting replies from the council on the community having input ??

    JIll asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the Community and Recreation Hub project.

    Since signing the contract on Monday 24 August 2020 and given the challenges due to COVID-19 restrictions Council has been considering the most appropriate forum to engage in person with our community about the project . To address the SA Health guidelines for contact tracing Council will host, on demand, small community Q&A sessions beginning Tuesday 22 September 2020. 

    Interested community members are invited to phone 8721 2526 to book a seat.

    For further information on the Community and Recreation Hub project please read the FAQs and other information available on this page. We encourage any community member with feedback or questions about the project to directly engage with Council. 

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team.


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    At an estimated cost of $39M many people felt it was too much but we agreed to the proposal to further our community. And gave council a mandate to build to this price. After deciding the cost of proposal is S55M Councillors had an obligation to reduce the project to the envisaged budget or put the new proposed budget of $55M to the community again. Why was this not done??

    shunter asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the Community and Recreation Hub project.

    Following majority community support in the community survey (72%) for the intermediate design and cost estimate, it was determined that any decision to proceed beyond a $39.1 million project would be a decision of Council. At the conclusion of the tender process and on presentation of the market price, Council made an informed decision to progress due to many factors, particularly the social and economic benefits and the affordability due to Council’s strong financial position.

    Ordinarily, Council would have gone to the community with the final design and cost estimates. However, in order to secure the unprecedented level of Federal and State Government funding, Council was required to gauge community consensus on the project with the most current information available at the time, which was the intermediate design and cost estimates.

    For further information on the Community and Recreation Hub project please read the FAQs and other information available on this page. 

    Have Your Say Mount Gambier Team.