Dear Members and Industry

It has been a busy and exciting first six months of 2019 for Recreation SA. We have held another highly successful Conference and Awards for Excellence ceremony in May at the newly re-developed Campbelltown Memorial Oval, we have been appointed on two National Boards and Committees and have completed the Watch Around Water (WAW) Implementation Project. 

The WAW implementation project funded by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) allowed non-Recreation SA/Watch Around Water members to become part of the fantastic program that it is. The project granted a complimentary 12-month WAW membership valued at $435 to any eligible Aquatic Centre within South Australia. The project has now been completed and we thank ORSR and Clubs SA for their ongoing support, contribution and sponsorship of this highly important program. Summary of the completed project is outlined below;

  • Total pools = 149 (152 in 2018, 3 pools now permanently closed)
  • 2018 WAW members = 61
  • 2019 WAW members = 127
  • 19 pools not WAW applicable (mainly private/independent schools, private health clubs)

I would like to thank our Aquatic & WAW project officer, Dianne Smith, who worked tirelessly on this project and has done an incredible job.  

Advocacy

Here at Recreation SA, we pride ourselves on inclusion and diversity and ensure we adhere to the 40:40:20 initiative at Board, Committee and organisational level. The 40:40:20 policy is a key Government strategy to improve and support gender equality in the industry. Recreation SA has 9 Board Directors, 5 males and 4 females. In line with our vision of reconciliation, we have also appointed a highly skilled and passionate indigenous Australian to our Board, Tahnee Sutton. Tahnee has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the reconciliation, government and political space and we are extremely honoured and excited to have Tahnee represent our great organisation. 

We will work closely with Tahnee to develop and introduce a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that can be implemented by Recreation SA and used as a resource for members. This much needed and well overdue RAP for our organisation and the industry is an integral part of any community in Australia and a Stage 1: Reflect, Reconciliation Action Plan is simply the first step in this process.

Recreation SA has officially been appointed to the ALFA Board – The Australia Leisure Facilities Association. This is a national body comprising of all state peak bodies, working on common issues at a federal level. The ALFA Board compromises of ARV - Aquatics and Recreation Victoria; LIWA - Leisure Institute of Western Australia; ARI NSW: Aquatics & Rec Institute NSW and ALFA QLD – Australian Leisure facilities QLD)

We have also been appointed by Royal Life Saving Australia on the National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee. The first national meeting is being held in Sydney on July 10 & 11 and I will be in attendance on behalf of the South Australian Aquatics industry. In line with Aquatics, Recreation SA also remains an integral part of the SA Water Safety Committee and CALD specific sub-committee.

We continue our improvement of member services including additional benefits such as: Wilderness First Aid Courses, networking events and greater advocacy with the $100 sports vouchers, working with the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and Minister Wingard in making these vouchers accessible for all South Australian Aquatic Centres. We are in regular communication with our members, via surveys, social media notices and our advisory committees, and we are here for them to help better shape their industries. 

In our Outdoor sector we remain on the steering committee for the Australian Adventure Activity Standards. The AAAS core standards were pre-released in December 2018 and can be found on our website. We have been involved with running information webinars and will facilitate information workshops later in the year providing support and advocacy to the Outdoor industry.

We continue offering and providing our support and assistance when necessary to the Opening of Reservoirs taskforce. Working with the Government (Department for Environment and Water and ORSR) and SA Water. A recreation working group will soon be established and Recreation SA will have heavy involvement in this process.

We have continued to redefine our work in the Community, Health & Fitness sectors and partnered with Fitness Australia to run interactive networking events to bring the South Australian fitness industry closer together. We ran four events in 2018 and so far, have facilitated one workshop in 2019. The remaining workshops will be tailored around community facilities and how to run/manage community centres, members, staff and volunteers. The second workshop will take place in August/September 2019.

Acknowledgement

I would like to acknowledge and thank the work and efforts of our two casual staff Di and Helen. Di has been our WAW, Aquatics Officer for 12-18months and has done a fantastic job, particularly with the WAW project as mentioned above. Di is moving on to bigger and better things, we wish her well and she will be greatly missed.

Helen has been our Administration Officer and has assisted with our Fitness & Community Advisory Committees. Helen, like Di, has been with Recreation SA for 12-18months and has also done a tremendous job.

Thank you for all your hard work and efforts to help improve and increase the profile and participation of active recreation within South Australia and ensure we, as the peak body, advocate to highest possible order.

Warm regards
Recreation SA, Executive Officer
Stu Ferenci