Great Lakes Aquatic and Leisure Centre is celebrating a major milestone with this week marking its 30th birthday.
The Centre first opened its doors to the public on the September 14, 1991, following years of community fundraising efforts by the Local Pool Committee to assist Council with the build. Since then, the impact of Great Lakes Aquatic and Leisure Centre has grown year on year, with more than 230,000 visits to the centre annually.
Centre Manager Melissa Morgan has worked at the Centre since it first opened and said the Y offers something for everyone. “The centre is more than just a gym and a pool, it’s a community hub where locals come to connect and pursue the best version of themselves,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed watching multi-generational families all experience a unique benefit from their local Y with grandparents in our Pryme Program, mum and dad using the gym, and kids enrolled in swimming or squad programs.”
The Y has enjoyed long and strong relationship with their partner MidCoast Council, Forster Aquatic Swimming Club and many diverse community organisations over the years including sporting groups, schools and disability services.