Completed Port Lincoln Leisure Centre officially opened

HOOPS: Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty has a go at basketball on the new show court at the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre. Photo: Robert Lang Photography
HOOPS: Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty has a go at basketball on the new show court at the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre. Photo: Robert Lang Photography

The time, work and support that went into the newly refurbished and redeveloped Port Lincoln Leisure Centre was celebrated at its official opening on Thursday, as well as its future benefits to the community.

An official opening was held for the leisure centre, which saw refurbishment of the indoor aquatic facility begin in 2016 and continued with the stadium expansion works in 2018.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey was on hand to officially open the centre with Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty, which included unveiling a plaque commemorating the occasion.

Mr Flaherty said the stadium expansion faced challenges when the construction company involved went into liquidation, but thanks to the efforts of staff there was just a three-to-four month overrun and an additional cost of $620,000, which for a project of this magnitude was a great result.

He said the benefits of the upgraded facility was a "generational investment" which would help change the profile of Eyre Peninsula and the City of Port Lincoln for generations to come.

"Not only does it encourage healthy lifestyles it encourages inclusion where people can belong whether it's with a team or an individual sport organisation."

Mr Ramsey said the refurbishment and expansion had produced a first class facility and provided a modern family-friendly focal point for the community.

"I commend the management of the leisure centre on this fantastic initiative, one that will benefit the region with a start-of-art facility and with jobs both in the construction and ongoing jobs," he said.

YMCA SA chief executive officer David Patterson was on hand for the official opening and said the leisure centre was a "world class" facility and for a regional city was among the best he had seen.