Below are the Shire’s population figures from the 2016 Census, they give an excellent example of why Phillip Island requires an Aquatic Centre plus other improved recreation facilities; 36% of the Shire’s total resident population is in the Phillip Island-San Remo area, with 35% of the 0-19 years age range in the same demographic area. The resident population of Phillip Island and San Remo has grown by 9.90% (1152) over the last 5 years, compared to only 6.96%(1548) for the rest of the Shire excluding Inverloch.
The latest offering from Council’s “Active Bass Coast” tends to favour spending on existing, or on new recreation, facilities around Wonthaggi before other areas of the Shire. Surely the population figures should largely guide what comes first, or, in Phillip Island’s case, address the lack of any major recreational infrastructure spending since Council amalgamation. Bass Coast Shire Council has told our Football/Netball Club that, after they improve their rooms during 2018/19, they will need to wait another 20 years before they could move to more appropriate facilities. Surely, it’s time to consider Phillip Island as a priority.
According to the attached chart, Phillip Island’s population has outgrown its current meagre recreational resources and we require urgent assistance to rectify the problem.
Our Aspirational Recreation Plan gives a good outline of the full range of recreation facilities required. It has been produced after carefully studying all Bass Coast Council’s Plans and Strategies, plus a number of sporting bodies both in Australia and overseas.
As the fourth highest Tourism Location in Victoria, we can easily see how this helps fit the need to increase tourist numbers, but it comes down to how long we can wait? The Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund has been waiting for 24 years - doing everything Council asked us to do, but we are still waiting for an Aquatic Centre.
Surely with State and Federal Government help we can obtain enough money to get started on a recreational plan that would produce vital improvements in good health and wellbeing for our resident base.
As a resident of Phillip Island and the Secretary and Public Officer of the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Incorporated, I believe our quest fits all the necessary components of needing outside intervention to bring the recreation facilities on Phillip island into the 21st Century. It is for this reason we would like to see tri-partied (Local, State and Federal Governments) joint funding not of just an Aquatic Centre but of the whole Aspirational Recreation Plan attached to this note.
As a catalyst for the creation of appropriate recreation facilities on Phillip Island, we seek a November 24, 2018 State election commitment from both the Victorian Labor Government and the Victorian Opposition to a minimum of $15 million towards part-funding of an Aquatic Centre.
Secretary, Public Officer
Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Inc.