Rowing in the Canning Bridge Area

Rowing is part of the history of the Canning Bridge precinct. The City of Melville wanted to understand the capacity of the site for rowing, both training and regattas.

The Canning Bridge Precinct, which includes Apex Park, is evolving to become a unique, vibrant, creative community space. As one of the City of Melville’s major strategic urban development priorities, investigations are underway for the long-term planning and development of this precinct. Given the potential for development to include high density dwellings and a significant increase in population in the area immediate, there will be an increasing public demand for greater use of this area.

In an effort to understand and respond to the various opportunities and challenges that currently exist and are likely to arise as a result of a larger number of users competing for the same recreational areas, the City of Melville and the Department of Sport and Recreation jointly funded this study to assess the future of rowing in the Canning Bridge area.

Essentially the City and the DSR believed that rowing can continue in the precinct; however there needs to be a clear understanding of how it will look in the future. Given that the clubs are predicting growth, the study included an assessment of current facilities, levels of activities and services the clubs currently provide, any future plans for expanded activities and facilities and whether these can be sustainably managed into the future to limit conflicts.

Services: Tourism, Community, Evaluation, Facilities, Planning, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray, Colin Brown
Location: Booragoon, Australia

Coughlin Park Community Centre Development Plan

Horsham is a city, centrally located in the Wimmera and next to the Grampians National Park and the famous Mount Arapiles. It is 300 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and 450 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. With a population of over 20,000 people, the municipality is the retail, business and service centre of the Wimmera.

Horsham Rural City Council (HRCC) is committed to providing and supporting the development of recreational and sporting facilities. With this in view Council assisted the Committee of Management to develop a new facility Development Strategy for Coughlin Park.

Services: Community, Evaluation, Facilities, Funding, Planning, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray, Nathan Gray
Location: Horsham, Australia

Guidelines for Sustainable Management of Community Recreation Facilities

In 2009 the Local Government Recreation Forum developed an ‘Issues and Directions Paper for Local and Regional Sport and Recreation Facilities’ titled ‘A Time For Fundamental Change’. The Issues and Directions paper highlighted a range of issues facing Local Government.

As a direct result of the Issues and Directions paper, the Local Government Recreation & Sport Facilities Sustainability Group was convened to strengthen the financial sustainability of local government owned local and regional level sport and recreation facilities. The Group commissioned SGL to investigate specific opportunities, methods, guidelines that will assist Local Government to sustainably manage local and regional recreation and sport facilities.

Services: Community, Evaluation, Facilities, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray, Nathan Gray
Location: Sturt, Australia

Aratat Rural City Recreation and Aquatic Centre Activity Study

The Ararat Rural City Council commissioned SGL Group to conduct a study of the current usage of the Ararat Rural City Recreation and Aquatic Centre as well as to identify any barriers to participation across the different programs and services within the Centre and to look at the potential opportunities to redevelop the Centre in order to increase participation and improve the services provided.

Services: Community, Facilities, Planning, Sport
Location: Ararat, Australia

Keppel Sands Caravan Park Master Plan

Keppel Sands is a quiet beach settlement located 40kms south of Yeppoon, 8kms southwest of Emu Park and 30kms East of Rockhampton in the state of Queensland. It is surrounded by Cawarral Creek to the north; extensive tidal flats top the east and the long, swampy beach ridges of Cattle Point to the south, while mangrove-filled tidal creeks make up much of the backing land. It is essentially a land island by the sea.

Keppel Sands is a popular spot with locals particularly for fishing and with a very recent change in name to the Caravan Park it is anticipated that more tourists may identify the Caravan Park with the area and perhaps travel out to this quaint older style settlement.

Rockhampton Regional Council (RRC) engaged SGL Consulting Group to develop a master plan that will guide the planning and development of the Keppel Sands Caravan Park into a facility that is financially self-sustaining, is accessible to the greater community and visitors, and attracts and encourages more visitors to the region.

Services: Tourism, Facilities, Community, Evaluation, Planning
Consultants: Phillip Gray, David Green
Location: Keppel Sands, Australia