Client: Ararat Rural City CouncilServices: Community, Facilities, Planning, Sport
Location: 61 - 73 High STreet, Ararat Victoria 3377, Australia
Completion: October 31, 2013
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.
Ararat Rural City Recreation and Aquatic Centre is a multipurpose facility with a range of activities on offer. However due to a mix of heritage and modern activity spaces and a tight and narrow site there are significant limitations of the redevelopment of the site as well as operational issues and challenges in delivering programs and services to meet the needs of the current community.
The aims of the Project were as follows:
To gather an understanding of the usage of the facility, a facility usage and occupancy study was undertaken. It was identified that there were a number of areas of the facility that have the potential to increase both the number of user groups as well the number of hours that existing users utilise the facility. It was also identified that there had been a slight decrease in the number of users visiting the Centre between 2009/2010 and 2011/2012. A range of different consultation and research methods were used including surveys and key stakeholder interviews
After a thorough research and consultation process, a number of key findings were presented that impact on the future redevelopment opportunities and priorities. These project findings lead to the development of a range of facility improvement or expansion options. These were presented under three key headings:
At the conclusion of the process a series of recommendations were developed and presented to the Council.
The methodology for the project was as follows:
Stage One: Background and Existing Situations
Stage Two: Consultation and Stakeholder Interviews
Stage Three: Strategic Options Review
Stage Four: Final Report