THE Port Lincoln City Council will go ahead with a second stage expansion at the leisure centre, including two more basketball courts and three new indoor squash courts.
The $5 million refurbishment of the pool area is well underway and the council voted this week to secure a $4.4 million federal grant to increase the scope of the project to include two new sports stadium courts, three new squash and racquetball courts, a new lift, upgraded stadium change rooms and toilets, new water play elements in the learners’ pool beach entry area, a new playground in the courtyard adjacent the kiosk and party room, and car parking and landscaping around the site.
“By improving the existing leisure centre facilities, adding new facilities and creating operating efficiencies - including environmental sustainability initiatives – the expanded project will support our regional liveability and create over 72 new full time equivalent jobs through its impact,” Mayor Green said.
The proposed expanded project scope has been developed in consultation with numerous local sports stakeholders.
“The expanded facilities will allow concurrent use by multiple sports and enable the existing users to grow their participation as more games can be held in one location” Mr Green said.
“I look forward to the city hosting major sporting carnivals and regional competitions at the new facilities, as well as the increased use of the leisure centre by a variety of user groups all year round.”
The council’s community development manager Janet Grocke said the council had been approached by the basketball association Squash SA earlier this year about expanding the non-aquatic facilities as part of the planned upgrade and staff recognised the potential to improve the net operating cost for the centre.
The timing of the expansion construction will be confirmed once formal agreements with the Community Development Grants program are complete but work will get under way as soon as possible to maximise any opportunities to get better project value through synergies with the indoor aquatic facility refurbishment.