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Busy weeks of aquatic centre openings

Busy weeks of aquatic centre openings
March 23, 2017

Amid massive ongoing investment in new aquatic and recreation centres across Australia, four new facilities are set to open in the coming weeks.

This Saturday (25th March) will see the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre officially opened in the South Australian community of Victor Harbor.

A joint initiative between the Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor, the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre includes an eight lane 25 metre swimming pool, a multi-use program pool, a warm water pool, crèche facility, commercial kiosk, office accommodation, change rooms and an outdoor splash area.

30th March will see the Cumberland Council’s Auburn Ruth Everuss Centre open.

Built in 1959, the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre redevelopment has set out to transform the swimming centre into a ‘state-of-the-art’ aquatic and recreation centre for a wide cross-section of the local community, while retaining its significant heritage fabric.

The redevelopment includes an outdoor 50 metre pool for swimming carnivals, lap swimming and springboard diving; a 30 metre x 25 metre for waterpolo, an interactive water play area and an extensive surrounding concourse with spectator grandstand.

On 1st April, the $22.2 million Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre will have its grand opening.

Designed by Queensland architects Liquid Blu A+R, the facility will include a 50 metre outdoor regional competition pool, a 25 metre heated indoor pool, a leisure pool/splash pad, a children’s activity zone with tipping bucket, and dual water slides.

5th April will see the opening of the new aquatic centre at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus. The new centre consists of a 50 metre swimming pool and an associated fitness orientated facility – located next to the campus’ athletics track.

2017 has already seen the opening of the $24.3 million Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre in the Sydney suburb of Bexley and the reopening of the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre.

Later in the year, the $107 million Cockburn ARC will open in Perth as will the new $35.5 million Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre in Craigieburn, north of Melbourne.

However, on a less positive note the Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool will close for demolition on 31st March 2017 to make way for the new Western Sydney Stadium.

Image: Cumberland Council Administrator Malcolm Ryan inspects the near-complete Auburn Ruth Everuss Centre (top) and the new aquatic centre at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus (below).

13th February 2017 - S.R.SMITH COMPLETES SWIMWALL INSTALLATION AT GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY GOLD COAST CAMPUS

15th November 2016 - YMCA APPOINTED TO MANAGE THE FLEURIEU AQUATIC CENTRE

27th October 2016 - PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR CUMBERLAND COUNCIL POOL STRATEGY 

29th September 2016 - NEW CUMBERLAND COUNCIL LOOKS TO REDUCE SUBSIDIES AT REDEVELOPED RUTH EVERUSS AQUATIC CENTRE

21st September 2016 - BELGRAVIA LEISURE TO MANAGE NEW GYMPIE AQUATIC RECREATION CENTRE 

5th May 2016 - MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN AQUATIC AND RECREATION COMPLEX TO BE KNOWN AS COCKBURN ARC

26th April 2016 - FLEURIEU REGIONAL AQUATIC CENTRE TEAM WIN LEADERSHIP AWARD

4th February 2016 - CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY AT NEW GYMPIE AQUATIC RECREATION CENTRE

9th July 2015 - HOLROYD CITY COUNCIL ADVANCES PLANS FOR REGIONAL AQUATIC WELLNESS CENTRE

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Co-owner / Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management

Nigel Benton is the co-owner and publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

As of 2020, he has launched the new Asian Leisure Business website.

Among a range of published works and features, his comments on a Blog (blogspot) from 2007 to 2011, when this website went live in its current form, may be interesting to reflect back on.

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