Recreation SA Annual General Meeting – September 4

The 2017 Recreation SA AGM will be held at the Office for Recreation and Sport Conference Room, 27 Valetta Rd, Kidman Park, on Monday 4th September at 4pm.

The meeting is an occasion for members and industry stakeholders to be updated on Recreation SA's achievements and highlights from the past 12 months.

It is also an opportunity for you to help shape your industry, by nominating for the Board or for one of four committees - Aquatic, Outdoor, Community and Fitness.

If you wish to nominate for a position on the Board or a Committee please download and fill in the 2017 Nomination Form.

If you wish to add an item to the agenda please download and fill in the 2017 Agenda Items form.

For more information about becoming a board member or serving on a committee, call Recreation SA on 8271 6874, Monday-Thursday.

UPDATE: Agenda has now been finalised and can be found here - REC SA AGENDA 2017

June Member News

Here is a snapshot of some of the latest events and activities from our members:

City of Port Adelaide Enfield

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Sporting and Recreational Clubs for a new Head Lessee for the Eastern Parade Reserve Facility.

The Eastern Parade Reserve has had limited activity on it over the past three years and the council is seeking applications from interested sport and recreational clubs to increase and maximise sport and recreational activity for the local and broader community.

This is a great opportunity for a dynamic and forward thinking sporting club that can provide and support our community to access, participate and benefit from sport.

Applications will be assessed on how well they meet the following principles:

  • The benefit to the Port Adelaide Enfield community
  • Optimising use of the facility and reserve
  • Shared use of the facility / reserve
  • Sport and Community Development activities
  • Club sustainability – financial and operational
  • Investment in the facility

The Expression of Interest Application Form must be completed in full and returned to Council at PO Box 110 Port Adelaide SA 5015, via email to or in person – 163 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide by 5pm 30 June 2017.

If you have any questions relating to this application form please contact Paul Zimny – Sport and Recreation Development Coordinator on 8405 6736 or email

Active Ageing Exercise Workshop - June 17

Fresh Moves 3 - Mind Body Balance teaches mindful Qi Gong, Yoga, and Pilates. Catering to all levels of ability and fitness, every participant using the Mind Body Balance style will benefit from these movements.

The light strengthening and stretching exercises will leave each person with a relaxed body and peaceful mind.

This is aimed at the younger old, this is an active workshop that will include floor work.

For more details click here.

2017 Corporate Cup

The Corporate Cup is designed for people of all ages to improve their fitness over a period of 16 weeks, starting in August. Operating once a fortnight, participants choose to walk or run courses in the City, Somerton Park, Mawson Lakes, or Port Adelaide.

Great for team building, personal fitness and developing an active lifestyle, this iconic Adelaide event has was established in 1981 and has been run annually 37 years.

Click here for more information.

ORS Training Courses:

The Office of Recreation and Sport offer a series of training courses aimed at the Sport and Recreation sector throughout the year.

View the list here.

Canoe Polo:

Canoe Polo is a fun way to develop or refine your kayaking skills in a safe environment and is for all ages and abilities. It has all the action of a football game and yet has a low risk of injury. A fast, energetic and extremely skilful game it is played in indoor swimming pools in Winter, and outdoor swimming pools, lakes and other bodies of water in Summer.  It combines the ball skills of water polo with kayaking skills for manoeuvrability.

 Each team has 5 players on the field with up to 3 substitutes. The field is 35 x 20 metres in size, with a 2 x 1.5m goal suspended 2 metres above the water at each end. The rules are based on safety, allowing fast, exciting play that is very entertaining for spectators.

Each player paddles a specially designed kayak called a ‘polo bat’ that is up to 3 metres long that is low volume and has protective bumpers at the front and back. Players wear a protective buoyancy vest and helmet with faceguard.  Players in possession of the ball can be ‘tackled’ by the opposition’s kayak, or ‘hand tackled’ on the shoulder and capsized in the more advanced levels. The ball is passed hand to hand as in water polo. Paddles can be used to intercept passes and block shots at goal.

Each game is 2 x 10 minutes as it can be very anaerobic. There is a ‘Summer Series’ interstate competition with tournaments in the ACT, Victoria, NSW and SA. WA, Qld and Tas hold local competitions and interstate players are always welcomed there also. National championships are held on a rotational basis in each state, with the National Championships in Adelaide in 2018.

Currently there is a Winter competition run at Westminster School’s pool on Sunday nights’ 5-7pm and beginners are welcome. There will be a number of summer competitions and more details can be obtained by obtaining ‘BATCHAT’ the Canoe Polo newsletter by contacting the communication officer or Canoe SA for more details.



Photography – can you help?

Swimming centres offer a whole range of community benefits.  No matter the scale of the facility, they can act as a social hub to the community.

Recreation SA is looking to take stills and videos of your facilities to be included in the Statewide Pool Audit Master Plan project and for Recreation SA’s photo library.  Our photographer will have release forms available for those photographed.

If you provide programs for, or host any of the following user groups, please contact Recreation SA and advise which areas and what days you may be able to assist with:

Programs/ users: learn to swim, aqua fitness, yoga, school holiday program, elderly, people with a disability, rehabilitation, CALD, DECD, sporting clubs, birthday parties, special events,

Employees/ volunteers: diversity across all positions: customer service, first aid, lifeguarding, instructing, plant room operations, management, mentoring Facilities: metro, regional, indoor, outdoor, all varying shapes and sizes of pools.

We are particularly interested in building our library of CALD, multicultural, Indigenous, elderly, diversity, to ensure Recreation SA accurately reflects the community who access swimming pools as a patron or employee.

We can contact the user group to seek permission directly if required.

If you’ve any questions, please contact Pania Rawlins, Aquatics Project Officer at Recreation SA on 8271 6874 or via email.

Executive Officer June Update

Successful organisations are built by great people working together. Recreation SA is made up of a small number of staff, and a large number of volunteers who are highly skilled working across the industries that we represent. Both groups put so much effort in to ensure we meet your needs and provide value to the aquatics, outdoors, trails, fitness and community sectors that we serve. My thanks goes to all of these people and appreciation for their enthusiasm and passion.  I would like to congratulate board member Tim Gill who has stepped down from the board due to work and personal commitments (which includes a new baby!), his knowledge and expertise at board level will be greatly missed, although he remains on our Outdoor committee. Also, we wish Jenny Borlase all the best as she departs Recreation SA to join SASI and their netball coaching division. Jenny will be greatly missed particularly in our fitness and community sectors where she was active in supporting those involved in her usual thorough and reliable way. We welcome Helen Kentish to our team who has a background in running events and a real passion for the community sector and I’m sure you will enjoy your dealings with her as it is hard not to feel enthused when you meet her.




In April I mentioned how our members want us to improve our leadership and advocacy, and I highlighted some of the issues we have been provided from members as being top priorities. Look out for our website being updated to keep you informed what they are, and to what actions we are undertaking. Recently we emailed all members seeking input on those issues relevant to your sector. Whilst some people responded, I think there are so many more “big picture” issues that you would like us to voice the collective view on, so I urge you to send them through or contact me or one of our board or committee members to discuss what is important to your industry.


We have recently met with Shadow Minster Corey Wingard and will be meeting with Minister Leon Bignell soon. Please contact us with any issues of concern so that we can maximise their time and ensure the decision-makers are aware of what the industry is concerned with and wants.




Whilst we still have some work to do in order to be ready, look out for some new initiatives that are being planned that will provide opportunities for training in some of our industry sectors and services that you can engage Recreation SA to undertake for your organisation. Our board is committed to ensuring that we assess opportunities to grow Recreation SA so that not only are we less reliant on government funding (which is under constant pressure to be spread more thinly) but also so that we can be better resourced to assist the members and industries for which we represent.



Hope you are still able to keep active in these cold months and chilly mornings. Must admit my mountain bike riding is getting later on a Saturday morning and is non-existent mid- week!


Call me on 0418 814 867 at any time if you have something you would like to discuss on how Recreation SA can perform better.




2017 Recreation SA Award winners

Elizabeth’s Aquadome, the Gawler Aquatic Centre and an aqua fitness educator have been recognised for making an outstanding contribution to the recreation sector in South Australia.

The trio were recognised by Recreation SA at a special event in April, as part of the 2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference.

Each year the awards celebrate the achievements of committed professionals and forward-thinking organisations who dedicate considerable time and effort to improving the recreation sector in South Australia.

Recreation SA is an independent, member-based organisation with a vision to increase the participation and profile of active recreation in South Australia. It is the peak body for the Aquatics, Outdoor, Community and Fitness sectors in SA.

Recreation SA executive officer Nick Takos said the three winners demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and a strong commitment to increasing participation in active recreation in SA.

Mr Takos said the Aquadome, operated and managed by the YMCA, claimed the 2017 Recreation SA Award for its innovative and inclusive Swimming Lessons Program.

He said the program assisted both children and adults to learn water survival skills in a fun and safe environment, enabling students to be comfortable and competent around water.

"Judges were particularly impressed by the social inclusion aspect of the swimming lessons program," Mr Takos said.

"The level of importance placed on providing swimming instruction to the underprivileged and new arrivals to Australia should be commended, as unfortunately this demographic is over-represented in drowning deaths.

"The Aquadome is making swimming lessons more accessible to many families who would otherwise be unable to afford or have the ability to enrol in swimming lessons."

Kym A’Court, of the Parafield Gardens Swim School, was awarded the 2017 Recreation Industry Professional of the Year prize.

Mr Takos said Kym has been instrumental in progressing the aqua fitness industry in SA.

"Judges were impressed by the diverse range of programs she has initiated which promote increased recreation opportunities for a variety of demographics, from children to adults," he said.

"With a passion for developing people and identifying innovation, Kym works hard to make the SA Aquatic Industry more dynamic and professional," he said.

The Gawler Aquatic Centre was named the 2017 Watch Around Water Community Innovation winner, Mr Takos said.

Watch Around Water is a leading national education and public awareness raising program, managed by Recreation SA, that addresses the supervision of young children at public swimming pools. The program assists aquatic staff to promote safe supervision practices and ensures public swimming pools are a safe venue for the community to participate in sport and recreation. More than 60 public and private pools in SA are accredited Watch Around Water centres.

Mr Takos praised Gawler’s hard-work promoting the Watch Around Water safety message.

"Judges were impressed by Gawler Aquatic Centre’s innovation and creativity in delivering the safety program to improve community awareness.

"A successful social media campaign has helped to promote water safety principles to a wide audience, while additional signage targeting supervision of young people at the centre was viewed by more than 50,00 patrons throughout the year."

Mr Takos said it was vital for the recreation industry to every year recognise programs, organisations and the people working in the sector who were making a real difference to encouraging more people to be involved in active recreation.

The awards were open to all of Recreation SA’s 100 member organisations.


Trails Update

June update:

The redeveloped Trails SA website has been live now for almost two months and continues to be regularly updated with more trails information.

Another significant addition is the inclusion of the Tourism Industry Integration on the site. You can now view local places to stay, food & drink, transport, and tourism information on each trail.

Visitors to the site can now also book online for accommodation.

Share your photos using #TrailsSA

We love seeing photos of people getting out and enjoying trails in South Australia. If you're out experiencing one of the trails featured on then make sure to tag it with #TrailsSA so we can see them. View a selection of photos from Instagram here.

"I Share My Trail: campaign:

Trail users in SA's beautiful national parks have united in a campaign to encourage respect and co-operation among all users, whether they are on a bike, on a horse or on foot.

Officially launched by Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter, the "I share my trail" campaign is spreading the word to all trail users to show respect and cooperate with others an the trail.

Parks in SA with shared trails include Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Belair National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Onkaparinga National Park and Recreation Park, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park and Sturt Gorge Recreation Park.

On shared use trails, walkers, runners, hikers, bike riders and horse riders may all find themselves together, using the same space. Trail signs denote those that are single use or single direction. Users are encouraged to be respectful and give way to other trail users.

Have your Say - Greenways:

Have your say on the establishment of greenways to secure the Heysen and Mawson trail networks within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests.

Ownership and management of Bundaleer and Wirrabara Forests may soon change. Using provisions under the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 will enable the State Government to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists.

For  more information and to have your say click here.

Eagle Mountain Bike Upgrades:

Upgrades to a number of trails within Eagle Mountain Bike Park begin 5th June and works will continue for approximately 4 weeks until complete.

The park is open for use during this period but please remember to obey all signage - especially any "Trail Closed" signs.

Of particular note is the planned upgrades to the downhill track "The Mixer"  including some realignment of the track. This will result in an amazing experience for those experienced riders up for the challenge!

Advocacy: what’s your position?

To deliver better outcomes for our valued members, Recreation SA is seeking to establish its key advocacy positions to ensure the voice of the recreation sector is heard through our dealings with government, industry and other key stakeholders, ahead of next year’s State Election.

There are several issues which have been raised following extensive consultation with industry leaders, which may form a key part of our advocacy strategy, including:

Opening of Reservoirs

Access to land surrounding reservoirs for recreational use (e.g. walking trails) and use of reservoirs for non-motorised aquatic activities such as canoeing and kayaking.

Expanding access to $50 Voucher for Sport Clubs

Recreation SA and its members want a purposeful program to support kids being active, particularly being able to access water safety lessons. This position incorporates lobbying to extend the State Government’s existing sport club voucher system to include private operators of swim schools and other recreational activities, for example dancing.

Maintain existing number of Aquatic facilities

Rising maintenance costs and ageing infrastructure are giving rise to consideration by local authorities to close aquatic facilities. Recreation SA is developing a position that advocates no overall reduction in aquatic recreation facilities in SA, both regionally and in metropolitan locations.

Shared use of public school facilities

View of Community Recreation committee is that existing school facilities are not fully-utilised and could potentially be used for non-school recreational programs.


With the growing interest in SA’s extensive trails network, additional data and research is required to better understand usage of the SA trails network and the economic value of trails and the outdoors sector to ensure resources are directed effectively.

Women in Recreation

While there is strong representation of women working in the recreation sector, how can the industry better recognise the economic and social benefits of employing women and minimising the hurdles they face when striving for leadership roles.

Greenways Act

The Greenways Act was established in 2000, however there are currently no regulations attached and a level of uncertainty exists on how to utilise this act. Industry is looking for more direction to preserve land pathways that are on private land and connect public trails.

These are a starting point and by no way conclusive and we now are offering you the opportunity to provide input into the direction of your industry. As an independent organisation and the peak body for recreation in South Australia, we are keen to understand your thoughts or input into these, or other issues important to your business and the sector, please don't hesitate to contact me on 0418 814 867 or via email.

Nick Takos

Executive Officer

COTA Professional Development Opportunity – Better Balance Training


DATE: Saturday June 3 2017



TIME: 9:30 AM – 4 PM

COST: $220 (inc GST)

CEC’S: 4

This is a comprehensive program complete with an illustrated manual with exercise cards.
Theory component:
 Statistics and facts,
 gait changes, risk factors
 physiological changes and challenges that arise.

Practical component:
 Balance, standing and moving,
 Group exercises,
 Strength, power and muscular endurance exercises
 Flexibility exercises

The day will be divided into sections, with the opportunity for practice at the end of each section, then
all students will be assessed individually, and with a theory exam. Please come dressed to exercise.

For more information please call Jeanette Richards on 8232 0422

COTA Better Balance Flyer & Booking Form

Australian Adventure Activity Standards public consultation – Bushwalking & Camping

The draft standards for Bushwalking and Camping for the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) has just been released for public comment. All members of the outdoors community can have their say about both of these activity standards by visiting


The draft standards will be available to download or readable online via the website. Feedback submissions can be lodged via the websites submission forms. These include general impressions, as well the opportunity to provide detailed and specific feedback on any piece of content or section.


Feedback submissions will close on the 9.00am (AEST) 29 May 2017.


Have your say by:


Find out more about the Australian AAS go to

2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference Review

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities – Review of the 2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference

Now in it's fifth year, the SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference was held at the recently-completed Campbelltown Leisure Centre (known as The ARC) on Monday, April 3, 2017, where the theme 'Transforming Challenges into Opportunities' was explored by a range of different speakers.

The conference, organised in partnership between Recreation SA and Parks & Leisure Australia (SA/NT), attracted over 150 delegates, trade exhibitors and presenters from a range of different sectors, including local government, aquatic, facility managers, sport and recreation officers and planners, and horticulture and land managers.

The Conference commenced with a breakfast, hosted by local media identity Mark Aiston, and featured the presentation of the 2017 Recreation SA Awards and the revealed the nominees for the 2017 Parks & Leisure Australia Awards (SA/NT Region).  Mark then led an interview with Jane Woodlands-Thompson, who provided an insightful look into the world of professional sport and the establishment and success of the inaugural AFL Women's League.

Jane currently sits on the AFL’s Women’s Football Advisory Group member and is a former Adelaide Thunderbirds ANZ Championship-winning coach and her insights into the life of a public figure were received with great interest.  The success of the inaugural season of the AFL Women's League was also discussed and whilst there is an air of excitement (particularly in Adelaide, home of the newly crowned premiers!), Jane suggested a cautious approach should be taken by the women, who, with a short season, will have a long time to wait for season 2018.

Following the breakfast event, the Conference was formally opened by State MP Katrine Hildyard, Member for Reynell, representing Minister for Sport and Recreation, Leon Bignell. Conference keynote speaker, John Buchanan, former coach of the Australian cricket team and Kolkata Knight Riders (from the Indian Premier League) delivered a presentation focused on success strategies, how to contribute and get the best out of your team.  John remains one of the most successful coaches in Australia, leading the team to a World Record of 16 straight Test match wins and an unbeaten record of 24 one day international victories in two successful World Cups.

John mentioned he was appointed coach of the Australian Cricket team in October 1999, despite considering himself an unlikely candidate given he had not played at the national Test level as his predecessors.  Whilst his methods were sometimes questioned by cricket identities, John revealed that he sometimes saw his doubters as 'his Mount Everest', but with a clear game plan and vision, he steered the team to unprecedented success.

In line with the Conference’s overarching theme of team work and overcoming challenges to create opportunities, a panel discussion on 'The Challenges of Modern Leadership', followed the keynote presentation. The panel comprised former Crows star Tyson Edwards, SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre General Manager, Adam Luscombe, and Programmed Property Services General Manager, Jo Marshall. The three experienced professionals each offered different perspectives relating to managing teams and working through the challenges that this brings.

Key insights included:

  • Organisations need to ‘nimble’, able to adapt, respond and capitalise on change, not only with outputs and daily business, but in the way people are managed;
  • Create a culture of 360-degree feedback, for not only employees but managers as well;
  • Review your vision, values, business plan and culture regularly (every 3 months was suggested); and
  • Don’t under estimate the importance of your brand and take steps to ensure its integrity is protected.

One of the key take home messages of this session was that when mistakes or shortcomings are experienced, “people don’t fail, organisation’s fail their people”. Often, it is a series of events (or actions that do not occur) which result in failure, so organisations should take steps to learn from these and continually evolve and improve, to create a strengthened culture.

Following the keynote sessions, conference delegates moved into a range of plenary sessions under three streams, including ‘Healthy, Active Communities’, ‘Business & Technology’ and ‘Planning & Government’.

Alison Collins, from the SA Government's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, provided an overview of the 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide that is currently under review. The plan provides the framework for the State Government in setting planning policy for South Australia and is one of a few key documents shaping the function and form of SA, and the recreation behaviours of the community over the next 20-30 years.  Key comments included:

  • The population growth target for the state has been revised from an additional 565,000 (2010 projection), to 545,000.
  • The plan has a focus on mixed-use development, encouraging developments that cater for residential and business activity, with a focus of creating walkable, healthy neighbourhoods.
  • There are a higher proportion of people over 65 years and an increasing number of single person households in SA.
  • There is a focus on all households having access to useable open space within 400 metres.

Richard Mellon from the SA Government’s Office for Recreation & Sport provided a summary of the AusPlay data, which has replaced the former ERASS and ABS data relating to sport and recreation participation, via funding from the Australian Sports Commission until the end of 2018.   The data is available on the Clearinghouse for Sport website.

The data is updated on a six-monthly basis, and recent findings highlight soccer is the most popular sport in all Australian states except SA and Victoria, where Australian Rules football is most popular. Walking is still the most popular recreational activity, followed by fitness/gym, athletics, cycling, swimming and bush walking.  The data also provides information relating to motivators for participation, most popular venues for participation, and other key findings.

Hayden Zammit OAM presented on new visitor technology being used by Zoos South Australia, including at the Adelaide Zoo. The ibeacon technology enhanced visitor experiences by offering interactive and information through smart phones. Transmitters placed around the zoo enable visitors, via their smart phone, to access information such as animal  profiles, keeper presentations and maps on smart phones as they walk around the zoo.   The zoo has been impressed with the affordability and functionality of the technology, and suggested it could be used for other purposes such as for a history trail around a council area.

This is just a snapshot of a very successful day, with many more presentations offered. The Conference organising committee would like to thank the speakers, delegates, trade exhibitors, venue staff and sponsors for helping to create an informative and memorable event.

John Wilkinson

Regional President

Parks & Leisure Australia (SA/NT)