SWSC acting general manager Gary Thompson talks plans for 2018

Reaching out: South West Sports Centre acting general manager Gary Thompson is determined to deliver impressive results for sport in Bunbury. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Reaching out: South West Sports Centre acting general manager Gary Thompson is determined to deliver impressive results for sport in Bunbury. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The South West Sports Centre team is determined to help the centre feature prominently in Bunbury’s development in 2018.

SWSC acting general manager Gary Thompson said the facility was looking to make a positive impact. 

He noted they, as part of the City of Bunbury, aimed to have a “big hand” in a new Community Sport and Recreation Strategy. 

“That strategy is going to look at all sport and recreation within Bunbury – outdoor facilities, grounds etc.,” he said. 

“It’s looking at previous master plan strategies over the past ten years, looking to see where the priorities were then and whether they meet current day needs.”

Mr Thompson said the City of Bunbury would work with varying clubs to improve the region’s sporting services. 

He said the strategy, due for completion at the end of 2018, could deliver major changes to the centre’s basketball courts, aquatics areas and change room facilities over the next 10 years.

Mr Thompson also said collaboration between the centre, City of Bunbury and West Australian Government provided increased opportunities for sport in the region. 

He said major sporting events – such as the Perth Glory Women’s League match against Canberra later this month – would show national sporting organisations what can be achieved in Bunbury. 

Last month, the City of Bunbury formally unveiled the centre’s new accessibility changing rooms. 

Mr Thompson said the centre’s changing rooms were a shining example of Bunbury’s inclusivity. 

“That was a major one for the members and user groups with inclusion needs, so that was certainly the main project we focused on last year,” he said. 

Mr Thompson said the centre also benefited from higher attendance numbers and its $750,000 gym renovation project

He said community members and staff responded favourably to each new development.

“What I’ve seen is the feedback on it from members, the feedback we’re getting from members that use the gym is that they are highly thankful for the upgrades and equipment,” he said. 

Mr Thompson was City of Bunbury’s sport and recreation liaison officer for five years before moving to SWSC three months ago. 

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