These facts were shared with the community and a bigger group was formed, expanded, and is now known as the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Inc. Many of the founding members have either left the Island, or lost faith of a centre ever being built. Those that remain, can’t believe all these years later that nothing except concept plans have been started and approved by our current Shire.
It was needed back then and is more important today, with the last Census in 2016 showing between Phillip Island & San Remo, 4232 people aged over 60 are permanent residents. Add to that, we have 12,164 private dwellings, which allows for the increase of people within our area at holiday times.
Now we must add the need for all our children going to school, to be able to swim 50mt before entering higher education. There are 1905 children aged 0-14 years, and 878 children and youth aged 15-24 on the Island. Furthermore, 4627 adults aged 25-59, could also benefit from an Aquatic Centre through a variety of services.
What can we do to make what was started officially in 1994 happen, and happen soon?
Our forbearers started it, and we need to get behind the push of the last few years to make it happen.
Words are not enough - we must use every opportunity to make it happen.
What can you do to help?
The 2017 AGM of the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Inc is to take place on Tuesday 29th August at 7.30pm in the Heritage Centre, 89 Thompson Ave, Cowes, and you are all invited to come along. All positions will be declared vacant and a new team will be established, anyone interested in being part of the committee should contact the Secretary Peter McMahon on 0418 533 256.
The numbers used in this article come from the latest Census in 2016.
Authorised by the Secretary Peter McMahon – Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Inc.