It’s been a busy few months for Recreation SA. On Monday 8th October we held the 2018, Recreation SA Annual General Meeting at the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. Once again, our AGM was both well attended and received by our members.

To coincide with the above, the 2018 Recreation SA: Annual Report is now available and can be found on our website or hard copies can be collected at the Recreation SA Office.

We have two major events coming up this October;

  1. Our third Interactive Fitness Connection lunch with Fitness Australia – to be held on Thursday 25th October
  2. The 2018/19 WAW Aquatic Season launch – to be held on Friday 26th October

Further details for both events can be found on our website and on our Facebook page.

Finally, effective Monday 29th October, we will have a new home. We are re-locating offices from our current residence to new location: Unit 4a, 102 Greenhill Road Unley. Our mail has been redirected and our phone numbers and emails will remain unchanged.

Leadership and Advocacy

Over the past few months we have been heavily involved in the South Australian Water Safety Council, collectively working with government ministers, the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and other industry leaders to address water safety and education within CALD communities. A CALD specific subcommittee has now been established.

Aligned with the above, we have applied for funding through the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing to conduct research into compulsory water safety lessons being made available for all primary aged children in South Australia.

We also remain actively involved in the AAAS (Australian Adventure Activity Standards) steering committee and provide advocacy and governance on this panel liaising with all other outdoor recreation state and federal peak bodies.  On a state level we are working closely with government and relevant ministers to secure the Opening of Reservoirs for Recreational Activities. A task force has been established and this will remain a lengthy process.

Our State-Wide Aquatic Centre Audit Masterplan is now completed and was presented at the 2018 Parks & Recreation conference. The highly detailed report and aquatic facility mapping can now be found on our website.

Looking into the future, some key areas we will be focusing on in the remainder of 2018/19 include:

  • Increasing our WAW memberships – our aim is to have every state pool/aquatic facility as a member of the WAW public awareness campaign. Funding has been made available by ORSR to ensure this can become a reality
  • Improve our non-government revenue to become self-sustainable
  • Build a stronger and more united trails industry within South Australia and broaden the Trails SA advisory groups network
  • Introduce a reconciliation action plan for recreation organisations in South Australia
  • Increase memberships by redefining our purpose, brand rejuvenation and increasing member benefits

As always, we will continue to provide strong leadership, support and advocacy to our members and various industry sectors.

Acknowledgements

I would like to acknowledge and thank the work of our board and advisory sub-committees over the past 12 months. Our board consisted of 9 directors and we had an astonishing 35 advisory committee members representing each industry sector. All these individuals volunteer their time and are committed to helping improve and increase the profile and participation of active recreation within South Australia.

Our volunteer board of directors and advisory committee members juggle their own commitments including their own careers, families, hobbies, sports and recreational activities to ensure as the peak body we advocate for the South Australian recreation industry to the highest possible order.

A significant amount of time and effort goes on behind the scenes for such a small organisation to ensure we service our members across many sectors to the highest possible standard.

I now welcome our new committee members for the next 12 months and together we are united in our vision to grow and improve the recreation industry within South Australia. 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 458 559

Warm regards, Stu Ferenci