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THE construction of South
Gippsland Splash leisure cen-
tre was the result of one of
the best fundraising efforts in
Victoria, on a per capita basis,
according to South Gippsland
Shire Cr Jim Fawcett.
He chaired the fundraising com-
mittee of about 20 people that raised
$680,000 over three years and con-
tinued to serve as chairperson on the
advisory committee to the centre until
he was elected to council in 2008.
“The complex serves as the only
indoor heated pool facility for the
shire and is attended by residents
across the shire,” Cr Fawcett said.
“Our aquatic facilities are highly
valued by our communities and I have
attended public meetings at Mirboo
North, Foster and Poowong where
this was reinforced by public com-
Cr Fawcett said SG Splash was
the “most successful and most used
recreational facility built by council
or its predecessors”. “It is a meeting
place for recreation, it encourages
physical activity and good health, and
most importantly fulfils a safety need
through its learn to swim programs.
The cost is minimal when compared
to these benefits and the cost of our
outdoor pools,” he said.
“Council has committed to expan-
sion of the facility through the provi-
sion of a hydrotherapy pool and gym-
nasium. These are due to occur in the
next three years, and will add to the
viability and utility of the centre.
“I would urge our residents to visit
the pool during the week and witness
parents, grandparents, children, the
disabled and students all using the
“SG Splash is a wonderful and
much used facility and valued by
many of us. This well justifies the in-
vestment council has made and will
continue to make over the coming
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SOUTH Gippsland Splash leisure centre
is running at a loss but South Gippsland
Shire Council will continue to fund and
expand the Leongatha facility, saying
the community highly values pools.
Council’s recreation coordinator Ian Murphy
said SG Splash cost council about $385,000 last
financial year, excluding council expenditure on
maintenance and equipment replacement that
cost an extra $190,723.
Maintenance included replacing light fittings
in the pool and stadium, sanding and resurfacing
of the stadium floor, and general maintenance.
For the same period, Splash returned an in-
come of $956,433.
“The cost to South Gippsland ratepayers is a
little less than the average cost achieved in similar
rural councils that have a full year heated pool fa-
cility, based on the statewide Local Government
Performance Reporting Framework statistics that
are required quarterly by the State Government,”
Mr Murphy said.
This financial year, council will spend $70,000
developing detailed designs of dry programs and
gymnasium spaces, and a review of warm water
program pool designs.
Council has earmarked a further $1.975 mil-
lion in 2017-18 and $1.17 million in 2018-19
to construct the gymnasium, dry programs and
warm water exercise pool.
Mr Murphy said, “The community has consis-
tently demonstrated to council that the aquatic fa-
cilities within the municipality are highly valued
“Council continues to work with the operator
to ensure the centre is operating as effectively as
possible while continuing to provide services to a
broad range of users.”
By the end of May this year, SG Splash was
on track to receive more than 105,000 visits for
the financial year. Of these, 25,000 were swim-
ming lesson visits, 7000 aqua aerobic or Aqua
Movers visits, more than 10,000 stadium visits,
and 10,000 school visits.
“Over the past 10 years Splash attendances
have been very consistent and an average around
103,000 visits per year,” Mr Murphy said.
The proposed warm water programs pool will
offer water aerobics for older adults and people
with disability, and rehabilitation activities such
as physiotherapy, arthritis support and sports in-
The pool will measure 9.5m by 11.5m and will
operate at 34oC plus. Extra changerooms will be
built to complement it.
The dry area programs area is proposed to in-
clude a gymnasium/weights area of 400 square
metres and an activity room of 200 square me-
“These facilities will allow for full range of
fitness activities as well as use for health ser-
vices. They will provide a dedicated temperature
controlled space allowing greater range of group
activities such as aerobics, yoga and personal
training activities, rather than having to share
spaces that are only intermittently available such
as community halls and sports stadiums,” Mr
The community raised $680,000 over three
Splash worth the cash
Making a splash: Narelle Salmon from Leongatha exercises at South Gippsland Splash
leisure centre as often as she can.
Fundraising chair heralds Splash’s success
Shire Cr Jim Fawc-
years towards the construction of SG Splash,
which made a major contribution to the initial
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