Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2013
41 CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION Have your say on this story. Go to http://goo.gl/OlMK2 to comment on this article. constr uction of GESAC happened to take place during one of Melbourne's wettest periods in 13 years. In response, the project management team took the innovative approach of proposing that the contractor install a temporary tent structure over the outdoor pool, ensuring tiling activities could be maintained. A year since opening, GESAC is already recognised as a success story and a leading Australian example. A combined 48 councils and industry organisations have visited the centre, including 11 from interstate and overseas, while Life Saving Victoria has also indicated it will use GESAC as a training venue for industry qualifcations. The centre's member count of 4000 at opening has grown to 10,500, and it welcomed its millionth visitor on April 19 this year. Within those visitor numbers, Glen Eira's roughly 140,000-strong population is represented broadly across age demographics and gender -- 48% male, 52% female, 55% children and 45% adults. As well as outstripping the membership predictions of the original business plan, the key project objective to cover operational costs has been easily met. “In that frst year, operating forecast transformed from a $320,000 defcit to an approximate $2 million surplus based on memberships and current revenue patter ns," says Judge. The cost to council per visit also reduced from $8 to the former pool, to $0 per visit to GESAC. ••• To read more or see other submissions to the 2013 IPWEA Victoria Awards for Excellence, visit w w w.ipwea.com/ awards2013 Main entry breglass feature ceiling, a ectionately known as the 'Bubble Roof'. Outdoor 50-metre swimming pool constructed during Melbourne's wettest period in 13 years. Water features for kids.
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