Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Leisure Facilities Association Set to Launch

Leisure Facilities Association Set to Launch
May 6, 2009

For the first time ever Australia is set to have a national organisation representing the people who work in, supply to and have responsibility for aquatic, recreation and sport centres. With an estimated 1,900 centres covering all States and Territories the Australian Leisure Facilities Association (ALFA) is keen to bring a truly national voice to lobby government, provide support and guidance for the growth of standards in the industry and work closely with the each State and Territory to ensure that our industry sector is given the credit it is due.

Over five years in the making and supported by the Aquatics and Recreation Institute (ARI), Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV), RecSA, Kinnect Australia, Royal Life Saving Society Australia and other peak bodies, the new Association is set to be launched over next few months, starting with the launch in Victoria (13th May), in association with the local peak body ARV, followed by NSW (1st and 2nd June); Queensland (22nd and 23rd June) and South Australia (15th September).

Gary Penfold, the interim Chair of the new Association believes that there is a need for governments to appreciate that aquatic, recreation and sport centres attract over 263 million visits per year, have a turnover of $2.16 billion and can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of their local community.

"We are extremely well connected to the local community and in a better position to achieve implementation of some of the governmentâs policies and goals in health, sport, economic development and urban renewal. You only have to see how well recognised the local leisure facilities are in Canada, New Zealand and the UK to see how leisure is on the agenda of all levels of government.

"Governments at both State and Federal level prefer to have the one stop shop approach, whereby one body can represent an industry. Since we do not have that we do not have a voice. As a result we have not been getting the resources and recognition that the industry and our communities require.

"The whole process of establishing ALFA has therefore been underpinned by the concept of giving the industry a voice, increasing recognition, resources and maintaining standards nationally."

The Association aims to attract everyone who works in, has responsibility for and supply to the industry it aims to have 3,000 members in the first two years, by providing them, through the state branches and associations with unparalleled membership benefits, advice, and support to grow their business in these difficult times while also lobbying government. The membership categories reflect the importance that ALFA has placed on servicing its membership.

ALFA will also be looking to appoint a Patron who will figure head the new national body; this will be announced at the NSW launch.

For more information email info@alfaleisure.org.au or go to www.alfaleisure.org.au

Image shows the Warringah Aquatic Centre.

27th June 2018 - NEW NATIONAL BODY FOR AQUATICS AND RECREATION


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

LIFE FLOOR (Aus & NZ)

Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Neptune Benson

Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

TECHNOGYM AUSTRALIA

Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia  and Australia, Technogym exports its…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business