Ararat council releases recreation centre study

Ararat - A jointly funded study by the Victorian State Government and Ararat Rural City Council for the Ararat Aquatics and Recreation Centre has been finalised and released.

The study aimed to help identify programs and activities held within the centre (Ararat YMCA) and opportunities to increase, expand or add value to them. The study also identified opportunities to improve the functionality of the building layout.

The study which was completed by SGL Consulting is the most comprehensive look at the operations at the centre during the more than 50 years it has been operating and involved significant consultation with current users including the swimming club, gymnastics club, YMCA members and casual users.

The study has provided Council and its aquatics and recreation contractor Grampians Region YMCA with a detailed report which analyses data for the current participation levels in programs and activities being conducted at the Centre and compares these to population and state statistics.

It also identifies the gaps in current participation in programs and activities being conducted at the Centre and compares these to state population statistics.

The report identifies the barriers to participation across the programs and activities being conducted at the Centre, identifies strategies to address the barriers and gaps and to explore the opportunities to increase participation including an 'agreed to' action plan.

While considering the earlier aims, the report also documents key issues on the functionality and layout of the Centre and identifies design considerations to provide innovative and creative facility redevelopment options that will increase participation and improve services at the Centre.

While the study was a snapshot of a point in time, improvements in programming and delivery have been made which in turn has increased activities at the centre.

The Ararat Aquatics and Recreation Centre Feasibility Study is available online on Council's website www.ararat.vic.gov.au, or to view at the Ararat Rural City Council municipal offices or Ararat Regional Library.

For more information regarding the Ararat Aquatics and Recreation Centre Feasibility Study contact Barkley Vincent, project management and recreation officer, Ararat Rural City Council on (03) 5355 0256 or go to www.ararat.vic.gov.au.

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