Centre News

Revised Opening Hours

As of July 1, the recreation centre will be modifying hours until 31 July.

  • Entire centre will open from 6am (previously 5:30am)
  • Pool will close at 7pm weekdays (previously 7:30pm)
  • Entire centre will close at 8pm (during July school holidays only)

These changes will be in effect from 1 July - 31 July, and reviewed during July. The changes to hours are based on reduced attendance rates during these off-peak times, and will greatly assist in maintaining service levels of the pool until closure. 


July Vacation Care Kids Club 2022

Our July Vacation Care program is out for Kids Club! You can book using the Xplor app or contact us at kmorton@amrshire.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9780 5620

New Group Fitness Timetable from May 2022

Our new group fitness timetable starts on Monday 23 May 2022! Look out for the new VIRTUAL CLASSES!! Be sure to book ahead to secure your spot at membership.amrshire.wa.gov.au/group

Rec Centre refurbishment on the horizon

Many of you will know that the roof structure above the Recreation Centre pool has degraded significantly, creating some urgency to address it this year.

We’re writing to provide you with further information about the upcoming refurbishment project and the options you have for your ongoing membership.

What’s happening?
Margaret River’s well-loved Recreation Centre is set for a major renovation in the second half of this year, spurred by the need to address the severe structural deterioration of its pool roof. A new simplified skillion roof will span the entire length of the existing building, sparking an opportunity to redesign and update parts of the facility and improve its energy efficiency.

When will works start?
The pool is expected to close at the end of the July 2022 school holidays, allowing construction to begin in August 2022. The gym and group fitness activities will continue to operate on Court 3 for the duration of the works.

How long will the works take?
Works are expected to take approximately 12 months due to the current market conditions for construction works.

What will happen to my membership?

Aquatic Memberships
If you have a current membership will be paused from 1 August 2022, until the centre reopens.

All other Memberships (Gym/Group Fitness)
If you hold a gym or group fitness membership we will be in touch with you soon to let you know what your options are to enable you to either continue using the relocated gym and group fitness facilities or consider alternatives between now and when the refurbished Recreation Centre reopens.

What improvements will be delivered?
The ‘Rec Centre Refurb’ project will deliver a quality, durable and low maintenance building at the minimum cost possible.

New simplified skillion roof spanning the entire length of the existing building
New café space at the facility entrance, with an adjacent outdoor play space for families to enjoy, surrounded by a timber-look deck.
Refurbished changerooms, new toilets, seating spaces, and public art will reinvent the facility’s feel, delivering a contemporary and functional centre that serves community members well into the future.
Key additional accessibility improvements include new accessible ramps at the centre’s entrance and reconstruction of the existing accessible toilets to current standards.

Is the pool being rebuilt?
No, the pool will remain as is, however, finishes around the pool such as floor surfaces, change rooms, and toilet facilities, as well as the windows and walls, will change.

How will this impact on sporting groups using the Rec Centre?
During works the pool will be closed, however the gym and group fitness will continue to operate on Court 3 for the duration of the works.

The netball and basketball seasons as well as roller sports and badminton will be able to continue throughout the redevelopment on Court 1 and 2, with access to all activities from the Gloucester Park car park and temporary ‘main entrance’ through the old Agricultural Society office.

What caused the structural degradation?
Since the pool opened in 1998, the aquatic facilities and other parts of the Recreation Centre have been exposed to damp and chemically-laden moisture from the pool interior. Coupled with the exterior roof enduring a battering from 23 howling South West winters, the roof has deteriorated rapidly in the last two years meaning replacement now is essential.

Who to contact for more information about the relocation of gym, group fitness or memberships?
Please contact our Coordinator of Recreation Services, Seb Miller at smiller@amrshire.wa.gov.au

Who to contact for more info about the project details?
Please contact Project Manager, Chris Yates cyates@amrshire.wa.gov.au

Stay in the loop
To stay in the loop of what’s going on, please follow us on Facebook or visit the Rec Centre Refurb project page.

Proof of Vaccination FAQs

For all you need to know about proof of vaccination requirements at Margaret River Recreation Centre; please visit our FAQs page here