State-of-the-art leisure centre officially open

Media Release


09 September 2016

Joint release with:

Leon Bignell

SA Minister for Recreation and Sport

Simon Brewer

Mayor of Campbelltown City Council

Christopher Pyne

Federal Member for Sturt

Campbelltown locals will be able to make a splash at the newly opened Campbelltown Aquatic and Recreation Centre at Botanic Grove.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said what was an outdated 1970s recreational facility was now a modern sporting and recreational centre, twice the size of the original.

“I'm a massive fan of swimming and local sport—this new centre will promote exercise, healthy families and tight-knit communities,” Minister Nash said.

“Who knows, maybe a future Australian Olympic Gold Medallist will begin their journey at the Campbelltown Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and great local sporting facilities are a big part of that.”

Federal Member for Sturt Christopher Pyne, who officially opened the centre today said it was fantastic to see the centre, a $7.5 million Australian Government election commitment, to be officially opened and available for the public to use.

“It was a pleasure to be able to deliver this state-of-the-art centre on behalf of the Australian Government and as the local member in Sturt,” Minister Pyne said.

“I've already received very positive feedback on the new facilities at Campbelltown Leisure Centre and look forward to it providing my constituents in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide a place to play sport, socialise and engage in the community.

South Australian Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said the State Government committed $3 million towards the facility in 2010.

“The benefits of this centre are enormous—with 50,000 people expected to use it every month. It is a fantastic asset for the area,” Mr Bignell said.

“The State Government does everything it can to support sport at all levels.

“Most recently, through the 2016/17 mega sport State Budget, the State Government pumped an extra $40 million into sport and recreation across South Australia.

“This investment helps to ensure growth in participation and demonstrates the South Australian Government‘s commitment to sport in this State.”

Mayor of Campbelltown City Council Simon Brewer said, the Campbelltown ARC project was only made possible due to the amazing collaboration between Federal, State and Local Government.

“Between us we have delivered probably the best multi-user indoor sports facility in the State and one of the best in the country. Today's formal opening is the result of more than eight years of very hard work by a large number of people who should all be very proud.

"The overwhelming support of the community allowing Council to contribute an unprecedented $16 million of their money to the project was the result of an outstanding plan that really delivered what they wanted. They've voted with their hip pockets and the centre is already operating at higher than anticipated levels across all age groups and sports. It's a centre for everyone." Cr Brewer said.

It is expected this transformation will see growth in user numbers from about 8,000 visitors each month to over 50,000 a month, helping to retain 60 jobs as a result of a project in addition to providing better local sport and recreation facilities.

The Australian Government invested $7.5 million, the South Australian Government $3 million and Campbelltown City Council $16 million to fund the project.