With a new year comes new beginnings. 2018 has commenced with a bang for us at Recreation SA. We have many exciting initiatives to share with our members and the Recreation industry.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate and thank two of our volunteer board members who have moved on from their Recreation SA duties. Board member and former Chairman Iain Evans has stepped down from his duties due to work commitments. His knowledge and expertise especially in the political space will be greatly missed.

Matt Rechner has also stepped down from his role on the Rec SA board due to work commitments and fatherly duties. Matt has been a fantastic board member for many years and his contribution to our Trails Masterplan has been of the highest order. Without people like Iain and Matt, who are highly skilled and volunteer their time, we would be unable to advocate across the various industries that we represent.

Once again from all staff and volunteers we say thank you both for all your efforts and passion demonstrated to helping grow and service Rec SA and the recreation industry.

We have also said goodbye to two of our staff members Anthony Bates (Outdoors & Trails) and Helen Kentish (Fitness & Community). Both have moved on from our organisation to pursue other commitments. From myself and the Rec SA board we thank you for your service.

We welcome Dianne Smith to our small team. Dianne is our new Aquatics Officer and has been in the Aquatics industry for many years. Her previous role was the manager at the Thebarton Aquatic centre. Outside of her Rec SA duties, Di runs her own tennis academy at West Lakes and has a real passion for the Aquatics industry. We are very excited to have her on board.

ADVOCACY

We released our 2018 state election campaign which was distributed to all ministers and members and can be found in this edition of E-news. Our campaign focused heavily on government awareness and support for water safety.

Rec SA have been heavily involved in the South Australian Water Safety Council. Collectively working with Ministers, The Office for Recreation & Sport and other industry leaders to address water safety and education within CALD communities.

Rec SA remain heavily involved with the AAAS (Australian Adventure Activity Standards) steering community and provide advocacy and governance on this panel liaising with all other Outdoor recreation state and federal peak bodies.

Recently we commenced planning our 2018 events calendar ensuring we are best servicing our members and the Recreation industry in SA. Our 2018 conference with Parks & Leisure Australia is set to take place on Thursday June 7. Further details surrounding the conference and other events can be found in this edition of E-news.

Our first series of interactive networking breakfasts held in partnership with Fitness Australia will take place on Monday March 19 at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (SAALC) – Further details and bookings can be found on our website. We are also in the process of finalising 2 x Wilderness First Aid courses to service and develop our Outdoor and Trails members and volunteers.

WHAT’S IN THE FUTURE

We recently completed our social inclusion project. This project was conducted to help community facilities discover if they are implementing inclusive recreation best practices.

Together we partnered with Inclusive Sport SA to help facilities provide inclusive recreation for all members in their community and increase the number of people actively recreating. A presentation of this report will occur at our conference.

Our State-wide aquatic centre masterplan is near completion and will be completed by the end of April. This too will be presented at our conference in June.

Some other key areas we will be focusing on in 2018 include;

  • Increasing our WAW memberships – Our aim is to have every state pool/aquatic facility as a member of the WAW public awareness campaign
  • Improve our non-government revenue to become self-sustainable
  • Advocate for a recreational fishing licence

We will continue to provide strong leadership, support and advocacy to our members and industry sectors.

Please feel free to contact me directly by email (eo@recreationsa.org) or phone (0415 45 559).

Warm Regards, Stu Ferenci