The proposed location has been determined by ‘The Phillip Island Aquatic Working Group’ using the rigorous selection criteria contained within the Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy. The location is on Council owned land behind the Cultural Centre and will share the site with the Medical Hub and others. The Working Group was comprised of Councillors and Council staff, members of the PIACF Inc. and other key interested parties.
The Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Inc is pleased with the proposed outcome and hopes all residents get behind this decision to finally get approval from Council to fund and build our long fought-for Aquatic Centre.
The announcement should not come as a surprise as it was recently suggested by a group of consultants that worked on the Cowes Activity Strategy.
The remaining task of The Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Working Group is to determine and scope the first stage of the Aquatic Centre (or, alternatively, whether the Centre should be built in one stage). The PIACF Inc will have more to say about that remaining task in the near future.
Upcoming PIACF Inc Annual General Meeting
Selection of the site for the Aquatic Centre is just another step in the long process of actually getting the Centre built.
Our AGM is about to take place on the 25th August. We are looking for additional assistance with new committee personnel to help drive the building of this centre. Anyone who feels they can constructively contribute to the process will be welcomed on to the Committee. We also invite all other residents to attend our AGM at 7.30pm on the 25th August in the Heritage Centre in Thompson Avenue.
I would also like to remind those who in the past have contributed by way of annual memberships to consider renewing their membership. As a new financial year has begun, we would appreciate your continued membership subscription. The dollar level of our annual membership subscription will be one of the issues to be discussed at the AGM.
You may recall that we are in position of having the ability to raise up to $2 million in funds through the ASF (Australian Sports Foundation) where donations are treated using tax-deductible DGR status, with tax deductibility for individual donors. But we need to continue the effort to raise funds from other sources, including corporate, philanthropists and business. Annual membership subscriptions are also an important contribution.
It is important to emphasise that, with Council agreeing to build two Aquatic Centres within the Shire (the PI Aquatic Centre and redevelopment of the Wonthaggi Centre), they have left it open to which will be built first. It is our conviction that who can raise the funds the quickest, will be a critical determinate of order of priority. Many years ago residents allocated funds for bricks, this money and records still remain active today and will form some part of the construction.
Our real work is about to begin, WE NEED YOUR HELP; if there is anything you feel you or your company could do to help build the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre please let us know.
Yes, with the announcement of a proposed location for the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre. We have taken a huge step forward. The long awaited Phillip Island Aquatic Centre is going to be built in our lifetime!