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

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

Horsham Sport and Recreation Strategy 2012-2017

Horsham is a city, centrally located in the Wimmera, next to the Grampians National Park and the famous Mount Arapiles. Horsham rests 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) engaged SGL to prepare a Sport and Recreation Strategy that would guide the HRCC Sport and Recreation Advisory committee as well as the Council for the next five years.

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

Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre - Victor Harbor

The Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre is to cater for resident and visitor populations of Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Port Elliot and Middleton whilst also providing access to facilities for surrounding areas such as Mount Compass, Yankalilla, Willunga and Strathalbyn.

This project involves the construction of an environmentally sustainable indoor aquatic centre consisting of:

  • an 8 lane, 25 metre lap swimming pool

  • a multi-use rehabilitation, leisure & children’s pool

  • an outdoor ‘splash and play’ park

  • a fitness centre facility

  • a crèche facility

  • a commercial kiosk; incorporating feature deck with views to wetland and open space surrounds

  • plant and equipment rooms

  • office accommodation

  • dedicated change rooms and toilet facilities

  • first aid and lifeguard rooms

  • dedicated car parking, bus parking, pedestrian linkages and traffic management

 The project subsequently received a grant of $7.5m from the Commonwealth Government in June 2013.

Services: Tourism, Community, Facilities, Planning, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: Hayborough, Australia

Assessment of Beach Capacity for Water Activities at Point Leo

The study was to determine the beach capacity for water activities (with a shore base) at Point Leo. Existing and potential use was assessed over peak and non peak periods and safety, facilities available, public access and environmental impacts were taken into consideration. The objective of the project was to provide recommendations on whether a limit on licences/controls needs to be placed on water activities at Point Leo and if so what the limit/controls should be. The recommendation from the report was to form the basis for the licensing period beyond June 2012 for water activities (with a shore base) at Point Leo.

Services: Tourism, Planning
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: Point Leo, Australia