Recreation SA Board update

Board strategy review

The Board have commenced the process of reviewing the current Strategic Plan and will be holding a planning day on 15 May. This will be informed by information collected from our sector committees in relation to issues identified by each committee that they believe should be a priority for Recreation SA in its leadership and advocacy for the industry. In addition, a consultation process was undertaken by the Office of Recreation and Sport which provided our stakeholders the opportunity to deliver feedback in relation to how they perceive we are operating our business and also those areas which are not only important to them, but believe Recreation SA are performing well in, or could improve in. This information has been digested by Recreation SA and will be used to inform the strategic planning day in May.

New Board member appointed 

At the last AGM our Treasurer Neil Butcher stepped down from the board which left a vacancy, and a big hole due to Neil’s extreme commitment and work ethic in his time on the board. However, we have been successful in securing Louisa Andreucci who will fill the position of Treasurer. Louisa is a qualified accountant  and the Client Relationship Manager at leading business in Adelaide, Hood Sweeney. Louisa’s appointment not only brings a skillset that is vitally important to our board, but also adds to the gender and skill diversity composition that we seek in our quest for best practice governance.

Leadership Shadow program

At Recreation SA  we are a strong advocate for the continued support for female leadership within the recreation industry. Recently our Executive Officer Nick Takos enrolled in the “Leadership Shadow program” which has been created and designed by the Office for Recreation and Sport to promote the critical role leaders play in fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As the peak body for Recreation in SA we want to assist our industry stakeholders in creating an environment in which the contribution of women (and other groups which make up a diverse workforce) is valued, respected and encouraged. Nick will be attending five workshops over ten weeks designed at providing attendees with tools and skills to assist staff and other stakeholders in examining work practices to ensure organisations meet the needs and challenges being faced by staff, irrespective of where they are on the diversity and inclusion continuum.

For more information please contact Executive Officer Nick Takos.

March Fitness news

Fitness Professional Network Series

Recreation SA has started 2017 with a well-attended Fitness Professional Network series workshop Leadership Vs Management. Darren Roberts engaged the audience with a number of Leadership strategies for managers to implement with their team.

Bronwyn Commandeur Centre Manager / Area Manager YMCA felt that her staff really benefitted from attending this workshop:

“Thanks for arranging the session yesterday with Darren, he was fantastic. Such good feedback from our staff team who attended.”

See below for a number of events Recreation SA have scheduled for SA Exercise Professionals.

Just a reminder that you can enjoy a members discount for workshops by becoming either an individual member or organisational members of Recreation SA.

For more details check out our website or contact the office 8272 4396.


Upcoming Fitness events for 2017

Saturday 25 March -Boxing Workshop-Boxing Fitter Faster Stronger 2 CECS presented by Ben Crawford

An interactive, fun session that will provide participants with the latest information and ideas on the key elements to running an effective Group Exercise boxing session.

Ben will demonstrate how to keep clients motivated by a variety of exercises and great tips for class flow. A combination of bags, pads and body weight exercises will be included for you to try in this session. Come ready to sweat it out


Monday April 3 -Recreation SA Parks and Leisure State Conference Click here to Register

The event, with its over-arching theme of ‘Transforming Challenges into Opportunities’, will feature three streams to capture the whole of the recreation, leisure and parks sector: Healthy, Active Communities, Business & Technology and Government & Planning. It will showcase innovative ideas and emerging trends and has a strong emphasis on discussions and workshops, sharing ideas and experiences, as well as networking.


May -Yoga Across the AGES presented by Paula Lyle

This interactive workshop for group exercise leaders will focus on a variety of moves and positions that will challenge your clients BALANCE, FLEXIBILITY and CORE STRENGTH. Take home a number of new exercises and positions that will invigorate and motivate your clients. Paula works with the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Adelaide Crows and is known for her soothing voice and endless numbers of Yoga exercises for clients across the Ages.


June -Superfoods Workshop 2 CECS -presented by Themis Chrysisdis

Themis will separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to foodstuffs that inspire extravagant claims for health benefits. “Can any food really call itself super?” There are endless numbers of mixed and inaccurate messages being thrown around about food and dietary advice and on how to maintain a healthy body weight! Personal Trainers are often well placed to offer advice about nutrition “Your clients trust and confide in you”. This workshop will outline your scope of practice as a fitness professional, some of the basic facts about Superfoods and provide you with a good understanding of the key elements about maintaining a healthy body weight.


July - Marketing and Branding presented by Justin Tamsett


Friday August 18-Explore the Core 2 CECS presented by Amy Hunt

Learn the finer details of assessing your clients for potential debilitating back injuries.

A practical workshop that will provide many tips on assessing your clients core strength and posture followed by suggestions on the exercises that will form an effective core training program.

For more information please contact Jenny Borlase.

March Member News

Outdoor Educators' Association of South Australia:

Join canoeist from all over Australia at the two-day river festival #Floatfest17 - April 8 and 9.

The event is focused on promoting safe on-water recreation and boosting visitation to the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region.

For more information click here.

Aflex Technology:

Aflex Technology has commenced the year with the appointment of Business Manager, Frank Witowski.

With extensive experience from operating his own highly successful businesses for many years, Witowski has been welcomed to the Aflex Technology team to manage day-today

business functions and assist the company’s continued growth. For more information click here.

Sport SA:

Sport SA is bringing to life our mission to provide all South Australians with a special cultural museum centred on educating and inspiring future generations through sport and we are seeking your support of this exciting project! Click here to learn how you can support the museum.

Bike SA:

Bike SA's special event 'Coast To Coast' is less than a month away. Make sure you don't miss out on South Australia's most spectacular bike ride from Glenelg to Victor Harbor. 65, 95 & 120km options. Sunday 2 April. For more information click here.

ORS Grant Programs Now Open:

Applications now available for Round 43 of the Active Club Program, the 2017/18 round of the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program and Round 2 of the Female Facilities Program.



Trails News

March News

Recreation SA is pleased to announce Anthony Bates has joined the organisation, taking up the role of Trails Project Officer. Anthony’s previous experiences with YMCA, Royal Life Saving SA, and owning his own swim school have provided him with a knowledge of key sectors under the Recreation SA scope, and skills that were identified as a key requirement for this important role.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education), a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, a Graduate Diploma in Education,  and experience with managing projects that require overseeing budgets and achieving project outcomes.  His enthusiasm for the role was evident throughout the selection process and we look forward to him joining our team and ensuring our service to the trails industry is continuing to increase and enabling us to better to support the wide range of trail user groups and infrastructure providers.

Anthony will manage a range of trail projects and tasks which include the following:

  • managing the Trails Advisory Group and Trails Forum meetings;
  • ensuring the Trails SA website is successfully ready to launch and maintained as an up-to-date resource for users and all stakeholders of the trails sector;
  • building a database of all key trail stakeholders and establishing relationships with key people within the industry;
  • on behalf of the trails sector, ensuring Rec SA’s advocacy, sharing of information, and communication is strong;
  • with guidance from the Trails Advisory Group (made up of representatives from Bike SA, Scuba SA, Horse SA, Walking SA and Canoe SA) ensuring priority outcomes from the Trails Masterplan are identified and implemented.

Since Anthony's appointment as Trails Project Officer in February, it has certainly been a busy, yet productive, time in the Trails sector.

The usage of Recreational Trails within South Australia is ever increasing, as is the building and maintenance of the substantial network of trails throughout the state – so there are some exciting times ahead.

Trails SA Website

Promoting the access to, and the usage of, the trail network is a key objective of the SA Recreational Trails 10 year Master Plan, and creating a one-stop shop for trails information in South Australia is pivotal to success in this area. The redeveloped Trails SA website is now nearing completion with the official launch date set for April 3rd at the Recreation, Parks and Leisure State Conference.

With the number of new trails currently being planned or constructed, the Trails SA website will always be a work in progress with continual updates, photos, and trail notes being added as they become available.

With that in mind Recreation SA is seeking submissions of information (trails notes/descriptions) and photos for the redeveloped website. We are particularly seeking high quality photos of all trails within South Australia. The can be of any activity on the trails – Walking/Hiking, Biking, Horse Riding, Canoeing, Scuba Diving/Snorkeling or Camping. Photos could be of the views, signage, trail head, car park, campsites, walkers, riders, canoeists, scuba divers or any other pictures that may be useful to someone looking at the specific trail on the website. We will need the general location of the photo, photographers name (if you want it referenced) and, of course, permission to use the photo on the website.

Please email Anthony  or call 0428 747 545 or  to discuss potential content, or just send it through via email or a drop box link (or similar).

Planning Workshop

Recreation SA has continued to engage key stakeholders in the Trails Sector and earlier this month, a planning workshop was attended by industry representatives to prioritise the needs of the Trails Industry - with particular focus on the SA Trails 10 Year Master Plan. Thanks must go to all who attended. Their input was invaluable as we work together towards sustainable, world class trails in South Australia.

Thank you

On a personal note, Anthony would like to convey his gratitude thanks to Walking SA, Horse SA, Bike SA, Canoe SA and Scuba SA. The specialist input, history and advice provided by these peak industry bodies has been very helpful as I settle into his new role. He is also grateful for for the advice and invaluable contributions from representatives from DEWNR, Forestry SA and the Office of Recreation and Sport.

Picture Credit: Horse SA

Aquatics News

March update:

Recreation SA has secured one year’s funding through the Office for Recreation and Sport to produce a Statewide Swimming Pool Audit and Master Plan (SPAMP).

The aim of the project is to establish current data on existing aquatic facilities in South Australia with the key objectives to:

·         Determine the number, quality and infrastructure of aquatic facilities

·         Determine the programs, services and employment levels within each facility

·         Establish the sustainability of the facility

·         Identify any gaps in the current provision levels

·         Recommend a pathway for future priorities

Recreation SA is finalising the scope of the survey and before distributing to a database of over 170 aquatic facilities including local government, private swim schools and education department pools.  Recreation SA is excited for this project to build relationships with stakeholders, members and the aquatic industry.  It is anticipated the data gathered will allow Recreation SA to advocate for increased recreational participation, infrastructure development, inclusive recreation, sustainable and accessible facilities.

In December, Williamstown Swimming Pool became the 60th aquatic facility to sign on as a registered Watch Around Water Centre in SA, taking advantage of the subsidy provided by the Local Government Association of South Australia.  The Watch Around Water program is a recommended standard in the Code of Practice for Public Swimming Pools in SA, launched in September 2016.

Recreation SA will utilise the SPAMP survey to industry to distribute the Code of Practice and expect more pools to convert to registered centres.

For more information please contact Pania Rawlins.


Community Recreation

March News

Recreation SA has implemented two pilot projects this year which will provide important information about the capacity for community recreation facilities to implement inclusive recreation programs. Ingle Farm Recreation Centre, managed by Belgravia Leisure, has teamed up with the Soccer Federation of SA and the Wiltja Boarding House to facilitate training and competition for its boarders in the sport of Futsal. This exciting game requires foot skills and speed/endurance and is a great outlet for the Wiltja boarders. One training session a week and a game over the weekend is a great way for them to break up their studies, keep physically active and develop some new skills which will be useful to add to their Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.

The Lefevre Community Basketball Stadium, run by the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, has teamed up with Basketball SA and Uniting Care Wesley to provide a Friday night Basketball sessions, ‘Friday Streetball at Lefevre - how us your moves’. The one hour session at the Recreation Centre will be facilitated by Basketball SA coaches and is targeting disadvantaged youth on the Lefevre Peninsula.

As part of this project Port Adelaide Football Club’s Aboriginal Programs Manager Paul Vandenbergh will facilitate a cultural awareness session for the staff in both centres.

Recreation SA will provide a number of online resources as a result of the learnings from these pilot projects to support and facilitate Inclusion programs in all recreation centres in SA.

For more information please contact Jenny Borlase.

From the Executive Officer

March update

I’m sure many of you that work or volunteer in the recreation industry have been busy over the summer months as the sunny weather provides may opportunities for people to get out and walk, run, swim, hike, canoe and whatever other activity which keeps them healthy and positive. Make sure you book a holiday in the quieter winter months so that you too can refresh and get a chance for your own recreation. 

We have also been extremely busy with our annual conference fast approaching on 3rd April, and some other changes happening across our business as we constantly strive to improve which can be difficult, as many of you would know, when resources are scarce. One such change is our fresh e-news design which should provide an easier read for our members, and improve our communication to our varied stakeholders. This is one of the many initiatives that are being implemented because of feedback we received from the stakeholder survey conducted by the Office for Recreation and Sport last year. Another key area our members identified was our leadership and advocacy role for the recreation industry, asking that we improve and therefore we have been working to seek feedback through our sector committees, which is an important mechanism for you to inform us and influence change. If you have an issue that is strategic in nature, and affects many in your sector of recreation, please convey your view through a committee representative or contact me directly by phone or email. Our board will be discussing the issues identified at the next Board meeting and developing our 2018 State Election advocacy strategy, based on our stakeholder’s feedback, to advocate strongly to the right people and at the right time. 

The board will be having a strategy session in May to review our current strategy and ensure we are well planned for the challenges that we face. Whilst the funding we receive from the Office of Recreation and Sport is greatly appreciated, and the support we receive from their staff is over and above what is expected, a key focus we have already identified in our strategic planning is the need to generate non-government revenue to improve our level of professionalism and level of support to the recreation industry. This will be a key item on the agenda for the strategy session, along with the progress we are making in supporting the trails sector and how we can continue to provide a tangible service to the fast growing and expansive South Australian Trails network. 

On a personal note, I would like to thank the volunteer board and all our sector committees for their enthusiasm and commitment, and support provided to me in what has now been close to 6 months at Recreation SA. I particularly thank the Recreation SA staff who constantly juggle multiple activities professionally, and do their best to balance work, family and sometimes their own recreation! Due to their efforts, we really do bat above our weight and I appreciate their efforts in keeping things going whilst at the same time having to embrace a new Executive Officer and Chairman which always disrupts the usual ways of doing things. 

If you have any suggestions on how we can service you or the industry better, or have key research or information that can inform our leadership and advocacy activities, please contact me directly by email or phone (0418 814 867).


Nick Takos


2017 Conference Program released

Early bird registrations are now open for SA’s leading professional development opportunity for managers, staff and business owners in the recreation, aquatics, parks and leisure sector.

The one-day conference your chance to meet and hear others, to gain valuable knowledge, become empowered, share experiences, and return to work or home with new insights.

Early registrations close February 28. Register here:

Program highlights include: 

John Buchanan: Keynote Speaker

The former Australian Cricket Team Coach led 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 is now a popular trainer and motivator working with international and Australian companies including BHP Billiton, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG and Telstra.

2017 Recreation Parks and Leisure Awards Breakfast (7.45-9am):

This event is held to recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations making an outstanding contribution to the recreation, parks and leisure sector in South Australia. Join industry leaders and professionals at this special breakfast event. All conference delegates receive a complimentary invitation to this event and are encouraged to attend. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast, juices, coffee and tea.

Jane Woodlands-Thompson - AFL’s Women’s Football Advisory Group appointee and former Adelaide Thunderbirds ANZ Championship-winning coach

Keynote speaker Jane embraces innovation and continually strives to inject creativity in search of best practice high performance programs.

Belgravia Leisure:

Learning from the WaterMarc drowning tragedy: Belgravia Leisure shares it operational response

The drowning death of a 23-year-old student at the WaterMarc aquatic centre in 2014 prompted the Victorian Coroner Audrey Jamieson to review lifeguarding regulations for public swimming pools. Belgravia Leisure has implemented wide-ranging changes to all its aquatic operations across the country in response to the tragedy. A must -see presentation for all aquatics professionals.

Jo Marshall: General Manager, Programmed Maintenance Services

The economic and social benefits of building a diverse workplace culture

Jo Marshall will share her journey of strengthening culture by engaging an increasingly diverse workforce.  From cultural diversity, to age – both young and old – to disability, she and her team believe ‘Difference is the New Normal’.  Jo will bust some myths around common preconceptions about the challenges of hiring people with special needs and talk about the very personal and commercial benefits of building a diverse workplace culture.

James McEwen: Partner, Property and Infrastructure, Wallmans Lawyers

Options in occupancy agreements: making them work for the benefit of our communities

There are many different forms of occupancy arrangements which can assist users, occupiers and the community get the most out of public/shared facilities. The seminar will examine these legal models, including leases, licences, management agreements, hire agreements and other occupancy rights, discussing those most commonly used, and the challenges and benefits of each model.    James has almost 20 years experience advising local government, community organisations and privately run recreational facilities on their asset and property management, assisting organisations manage their assets in a cost effective and efficient way, especially in the context of joint use.

Hayden Zammit OAM – Tourism & Digital Marketing Coordinator, Zoos South Australia:

Inspiring and educating visitors through technology

Adelaide Zoo visitors can now receive location-specific content through Bluetooth technology via 65 ‘beacons’ across the Adelaide Zoo site. It provides visitors with information that is relevant to their visit on the day, whilst sharing the important conservation efforts of Zoos SA and making information more accessible.

Jayson Kelly, Director, Xyst: Sustainable Existence

Jayson has over 25 years of local government experience in the parks sector, either as a council officer, parks manager, or senior consultant specialising in parks management.

This seminar is aimed at those involved in the planning and management of sports, recreation and nature spaces, streetscapes, playgrounds, soft and hard park infrastructure.

Dr Natasha Schranz, Active Healthy Kids Australia Chair, University of South Australia

Do Our Kids Have all the Tools?

The latest Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People graded Australia with a D- for overall Physical Activity, with only one in five kids getting enough physical activity every day. The Report Card posed the question: Do our kids have all the tools they need to be active for life? The results suggest that this is not the case.

So how do we all play our part to ensure that kids are equipped with the tools they need to not only be more active now and in the future but to also experience the joy that being physically active brings?

Tyson Edwards: former AFL champion and SANFL coach.

Leadership forum panellist

Edwards is widely regarded as one of the most consistent and durable players of all time.  And it’s this ability to perform consistently at the highest level that marks Tyson out as a true professional and inspirational speaker.

Office for Recreation and Sport:

 Advancing Active Recreation in South Australia - Part One

Be updated on the projects and direction of the National Active Recreation Working Group (NARWG) This session will provide delegates an opportunity to share ideas and shape Government involvement in Active Recreation in SA.

 Advancing Active Recreation in South Australia - Part Two

Join a special presentation looking at the AusPlay data for South Australia. Learn more about the participation landscape of active recreation in SA. The AusPlay study is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia, which aims to identify strategies to grow participation in sport, leisure and recreation.

Download the program here: 2017 Conference Program

More program highlights will be announced in March.


2017 Recreation SA Awards

Each year Recreation SA is proud to recognise individuals and organisations making an outstanding contribution to the recreation industry in South Australia.

Do you know of committed professional who has dedicated significant time and effort to improving active recreation in the State and you would like to see them rewarded?

Do you know of an organisation that has made a real difference to encouraging greater recreation participation across the whole community?

The awards are open to all Recreation SA members.

They will be presented at a ceremony at the 2017 Recreation, Parks  and Leisure Conference on April 3, at the ARC Campbelltown.

Nominations for the following awards must be received by March 10, 2017.

For more information about the nomination process, please contact Recreation SA.

We’re Hiring

Do you have a passion for recreation and the outdoors and want to be part of a growing organisation? 

Recreation SA is the peak body for recreation in South Australia.

Our vision is to increase the participation and profile of active recreation in South Australia and we are currently searching for a suitably qualified individual to fill the role of Trails Project Officer.

Reporting to the Executive Officer, the role is crucial in ensuring projects in the Trails & Outdoor recreation sectors are managed, contributing significantly to our development and growth plans.

Prime areas of responsibility include:

  • Project development and driving achievement of outcomes arising from the 10 year Recreational Trails Master Plan
  • Management of social media and website content relating to the Trails sector
  • Administration support to the Trails Advisory Group, Trails Forum, and related sub committees.

The successful applicant will possess the following key skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Able to build and maintain relationships based on trust and respect
  • Excellent knowledge of the trails and outdoor industry in South Australia
  • Experience with managing and moderating social media and websites
  • Able to think ahead and anticipate what is needed to achieve positive outcomes
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to work under pressure
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field
  • Excellent administration skills and effective use of the Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Experience and knowledge of not for profit and volunteer organizations.

A copy of the full position description can be found here: job-description-trails-v2-nov-2016.

If you have the necessary background and experience and are eligible to work in Australia, please forward your resume with a covering letter addressing the key requirements for the role to:

Nick Takos

Executive Officer

Recreation South Australia

 Applications close:          Monday 5 December 2016

If you have any further questions regarding the advertised vacancy, please contact Nick Takos on 0418 814 867.