Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre - Victor Harbor


Client: The City of Victor Harbor in conjunction with Alexandrina Council

Services: Tourism, Community, Facilities, Planning, Sport

Consultants: Phillip Gray

Location: Ocean Rd, Hayborough South Australia 5211, Australia

Completion: April 30, 2013


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.


The City of Victor Harbor, in conjunction with the Alexandrina Council commissioned SGL to prepare a business case for a proposed regional aquatic centre. The business case addressed:

  • market analysis of the current and projected population and demographic for the likely catchment area

  • existing facilities in the region

  • recommended opening hours

  • recommended management model

  • likely visits to the facility and anticipated usage patterns (based on  benchmarking with similar facilities in similar regions)

  • Annual operating income and costs for a ten and twenty year period


The preparation of the business case was undertaken in three phases including the following tasks: 

Phase 1: Project Inception

  1. Project Inception Meeting
  2. Document Review

Phase 2: Operational Review

  1. Facility Assessment
  2. Key Stakeholder Interviews
  3. Comparative Benchmarking
  4. Population/Participation Analysis
  5. Competitor Analysis
  6. Web based questionnaires for potential user groups and schools
  7. Trend Analysis

Phase 3: Business Case

  1. Preliminary Draft Business Case
  2. Presentation
  3. Business Model