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Indoor Aquatic Facility - History

After receiving recommendations from a Community Reference Group, Council engaged SGL Consulting Group in early 2014 to undertake a feasibility review in relation to community needs, suitable sites and concept designs, costs and revenues forecasts, and other aspects of a possible replacement aquatic facility. In summary the Feasibility Review findings indicated:

  • Sites at Bowling Avenue (adjacent Centenary Oval) and Ravendale Sporting Complex are considered feasible locations for a new facility, with capital cost estimated at $16.5 to $16.7 million (ex-GST), including all of the elements recommended by the previous Aquatic Facilities Community Reference Group and with a nominal 50 years useful life
  • Provision of car parking to meet the needs of a new facility within its site, appears not achievable at the Bowling Avenue site, but achievable at Ravendale Complex
  • The major refurbishment of the existing Leisure Centre at the Marina precinct is estimated to cost approximately $5.9 million, to return the facility to an estimated 30 years maximum useful life, with the additional cost of acquiring the site including car parking, gym and basketball stadium likely to be $4 million
  • The baseline number of swimming facility attendances is estimated at 72,500 per annum, with an annual operating cost for the facility estimated at $870,449 (excluding-depreciation), operating revenue at $597,088, and nett annual ‘loss’ of $273,361. Learn to swim classes would generate the majority of revenue at $324,800 per annum
  • Operational management is recommended to be by way of ‘contract to a professional external organisation’
  • Some areas for project savings have been identified but will need further consideration.

To see the full Feasibility Review documents click here.

Council consulted the community about future funding for the pool project in its Draft Annual Business Plan for 2014/15 - 75% of respondents supported the provision of an Indoor Aquatic Facility and the project received the highest number of 'high priority' ratings (over 60%). To see more Questions and Answers about the IAF project click here.

Port Lincoln Council made the decision to purchase the Leisure Centre for $4 million in August 2014 and officially took ownership on August 31, 2015.  Council has committed $4.75 million to refurbishing the Leisure Centre and Indoor Aquatic Facility in 2016/2017.

Port Lincoln Bendigo Community Bank has also provided significant support with a commitment of $250,000 towards the project.   

$4.5 million has been allocated to the refurbishment of the Indoor Aquatic Centre and the remaining $500,000 for the non-aquatics components of the complex.

CASA Leisure was contracted from September 1, 2015 to operate the pool facility until commencement of refurbishment works, planned for July 2016.    

In November 2015 the Design Consultant Team lead by Adelaide-based company Grieve Gillett Andersen Architects was appointed for the refurbishment of the project with local architects, Lowe & Redding Design as part of the team.   

In May 2016 Council appointed Mossop Construction + Interiors, a South Australian based company, as Managing Contractor for the refurbishment of the facility.

The Port Lincoln Council endorsed the floor plan and scope of work for its $5 million refurbishment of the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre and Indoor Aquatic Facility at its meeting on Monday 20th June 2016.

The refurbishment project included: fully upgraded and accessible toilets, showers and change rooms, a separate, deeper, re-shaped learners and rehabilitation pool, a return to the single central entry foyer with cafe, play court and party room, retained water slide, and much more efficient water and air management systems. 

Image - Perspective of the new Entry to the Leisure Centre 

The Port Lincoln Council on 19 September 2016 confirmed that it would proceed to secure Commonwealth Government funding of $4.4 million for the expansion of the Leisure Centre, to deliver a major enhancement to the refurbishment of the Indoor Aquatic Facility.

Image - Perspective of proposed expansion

The proposed expanded project scope has been developed in consultation with numerous local sports stakeholders, the scope included:

Image: Expansion Works Site Plan

  • Two new sports stadium courts;
  • Three new squash and racquetball courts;
  • New lift to upper level;
  • Stadium change rooms and toilets upgrade and DDA compliance work;
  • New water play elements to learners’ pool beach entry;
  • New playground to the courtyard adjacent the kiosk and party room; and
  • Car parking and landscaping around the site.

An application was submitted to the National Stronger Regions Fund in March 2016 seeking the project funding, which effectively increased the scope and total capital expenditure on a re-badged Leisure Centre redevelopment to $9.4 million.  The funds will be managed through the Community Development Grants program, having been committed by the Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey MP, during the 2016 Election campaign.

The Council appointed YMCA South Australia as the successful tenderer for the management and operation of the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre.  Council and YMCA signed a five year agreement commencing 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021, including agreed profit and financial risk sharing arrangements during the initial start-up phase and then for the remainder of the contract term. 

The Refurbished Indoor Aquatic Facility re-opened its doors to the public on Friday 3 March 2017 after being closed for refurbishment works from July 2016.

The investment of Council funds into the overall project remained at $5 million, with the $4.4 million expansion fully funded by the Commonwealth Government’s contribution.

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PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre,
60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399
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