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Augusta Hydrotherapy Pool OPEN

The Hydrotherapy Pool is now fully renovated and ready for buisness . Please contact Fitness  staff for bookings and further details

Lower Western Oval Project 2018

The redevelopment of Lower Western Oval is the next step in the implementation of the Gloucester Park Sporting Precinct Masterplan. This plan has been adopted by the Shire for the staged development of its principal sporting precinct and in line with the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan 2033 and Corporate Plan 2016-20.

The Lower Western Oval has long been identified as a critical element within the precinct to accommodate growing demand in the sports of soccer and rugby. Current pressures within the precinct are greatest from soccer, with growing numbers and demand for access to full size, quality playing surfaces. Rugby has a range of playing field alternatives but all are compromised by the requirement to share a field with another winter code (causing conflicts with scheduling, line marking and goal post placement); or sharing with cricket, resulting in a less than desirable cricket pitch installation in the middle of the rugby field.

The Shire received a Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund Grant for the Lower Western Oval in January 2017, with a total of $332,207 granted towards the total project cost of $1,154,987. The project will provide:

  • A 130m x 81m east-west orientated field that can provides maximum flexibility for the two sporting codes
  • 1000mm high spectator barrier fence around the perimeter and retaining walls with a higher catchment fence on the corners to address changes in ground level
  • Lighting at 100 lux to accommodate both training and competition for both soccer and rugby
  • Coaches box and shelters
  • Minor road realignment
  • Car parking

Achievements over 2016-17 included completing the feasibility study, concept designs and pursuing funding for development of Lower Western Oval. Construction is anticipated to start in 2018 and be finalised in March 2019. In preparation for the future development, preparatory drainage work was completed in August 2016 on the oval.

Lower Western Oval

 

[Above: The concept plan for the development of the Lower Western Oval]

Supervision

Royal Life Saving is targeting high-risk areas for toddler drowning deaths such as public pools. With lack of direct supervision by a parent or carer believed to be a contributing factor in 70% of all drowning deaths at public pools,the Keep Watch @ Public Pools program aims to eliminate all drowning deaths and reduce the number of near drowning incidents at these facilities. 

The program targets parents and carers of children to help them understand their responsibilities and the dangers of leaving their children unattended at the pool.

Keep Watch @ Public Pool Policy

  1. under 5  Children (under 10 years) are not allowed entry unless under active supervision of a person 16 years or older.Parents and guardians should actively supervise their children at all times and be dressed ready to enter a pool. For 0–5 year olds and non-swimmers, a parent or guardian MUST  be in the water at all times and within arms' reach of the child. It is best if you are engaging with your child i.e. playing with them, talking to them.
  2. 6-10Constant active supervision is required for children aged 6–10 years old. Parents and carers must be prepared to enter the water with this age group.
  3. For 11–14 year olds it is recommended that parents regularly check on their child by physically going to where they are in or around the water.

The Keep Watch @ Public Pools policy and the ages within it represent minimum standards only. Royal Life Saving encourages pools to adopt a higher standard wherever possible.

The recommendation for parents to physically check up on 11–14 year olds is intended to educate parents that this group is still at risk despite having a high degree of independence and parental supervision is an effective means of increasing their safety. Facilities should assist in the education of parents by drawing parents’ attention to the 11–14 recommendation.

What is active supervision @ Public Pools?

  • Active supervision at public pools consists of four key elements:
  • Be Prepared: Ensure you have everything you need before getting into the water, such as towels and dry clothes.
  • Be Close: Always be within arms' reach of your child.
  • All of Your Attention: Focus all of your attention on your child and get into the pool and talk and play with them.
  • All of the Time: You should never leave your child alone in the water, nor should they be left in the care of an older child or with the assumption that your responsibility diminishes due to the presence of lifeguards.