The footy and netball season is in full swing.
Indoor basketball, badminton and netball are underway in Swan Hill, and kids continue to flock to the Swan Hill indoor pool for lessons despite the chill outside.
Our leisure centres are busy with people getting fit, and in Robinvale, group fitness classes will start soon, giving local people even more options.
At all times of year, our rec reserves, swimming pools and indoor sports facilities are used, and used well.
For example, there were almost 75,000 visits to the Swan Hill Leisure Centre gym and pool in 2017/18 and more than 26,000 to the Robinvale Leisure Centre gym and pool.
Because of the importance of these facilities, we have a few pieces of work underway now to help improve them.
There are certainly some exciting times ahead and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.
We are campaigning for funds for Our Game Plan, our 10-year, $33 million masterplan to upgrade recreation reserves across the municipality.
In coming months, we’ll focus on two of the major Our Game Plan projects. There’s the Swan Hill Regional Sports Precinct, which includes consolidating Alan Garden Memorial and Swan Hill Showgrounds reserves into a regional hub for AFL, netball, cricket and aquatics.
In Robinvale, we’re advocating for upgrades at Robinvale Recreation Reserve and potential upgrades to the leisure centre.
We will talk with local MPs, Government ministers and advisors about this plan and seek their support to make it happen.
While we lobby hard for these projects, Council staff will keep working with user groups from other rec reserves to attract funding through normal funding streams.
These projects will all come from our Recreation Reserves Masterplan and Implementation Plan, which we put together with user groups in 2018 and adopted in March.
At the same time, officers are working on an Aquatics Strategy, which has been put together using input from more than 300 people in a community survey last year. This strategy will outline the work that needs to take place over the next 10 years so that Council can continue to provide quality pools.
Finally, we have just sought submissions from consultants to prepare an Indoor Recreation Centres Future Development Report.
This piece of work will include a facility condition report for the Swan Hill Stadium; concept designs and plans for a dedicated fitness room and expansion of the gymnasium for the Swan Hill Leisure Centre; and concept design plans for expansion of the gymnasium and additional highball facility at the Robinvale Leisure Centre.