Recreation Centre going from strength to strength. Can we do more?

Recent conversations with our community have highlighted the significance of a healthy lifestyle and opportunities for connection to people who live in the Dardanup Shire.

It’s exactly why HEALTHY and CONNECTED are now listed among five leading Aspirations recorded in the 2050 Vision document.

Central to achieving both these aspirations for our community is providing leading recreational facilities – the standout one in the Shire of Dardanup being our 18 year old Eaton Recreation Centre & 24 Hour Gym.

Survey on now!

Whether you are a dedicated member, casual user or have never set foot inside the place, we’re keen to hear how you think we could improve upon the programs, services and facilities on offer at ERC in the future.

To contribute your thoughts and ideas, visit the online consultation currently open on our Connect Dardanup community engagement platform.

It takes just five minutes and closes Friday so be sure to jump in before then.

Positive growth recorded

Planning for the future comes following an independent business audit of the centre undertaken in October and implementation of a several resulting recommendations in January.

Most significantly, ERC changed its opening hours from 1 February allowing it be open for longer both during the week and at weekends, resulting in availability of more group fitness sessions and programs.

In a report to Council last month, Recreation Centre Manager Gary Thompson said feedback from centre users on the change had been positive and had been reflected in a growth of memberships from 745 in January, 2021 to 827 in August.

Analysis of membership numbers over the past four years indicated a steady decline since a peak in late 2018, the lowest point understandably being during and just after the period of national lockdown in 2020.

But in addition to membership growth experienced since the start of 2021, the number of active gym users and participation numbers in ERC social sporting competitions had also recorded growth this year.

In more good news, ERC has also successfully secured three major events for 2021 with an anticipated combined attendance of 3,700. The events are:

• Western University Games – (postponed due to Covid);
• Perth Wildcats Pre-Season Match – October 2021;
• Top Jazz Ballet Competition – November 2021.

Among other recommendations from the audit was to explore opportunities for introducing new social sports competitions in addition to the existing badminton, basketball and netball.

Vacation Care

ERC’s Vacation Care Program commences again on Tuesday, 28 September and due to increased demand, enrolment places were increased from 440 places over 11 days to 550. The majority of bookings were filled within hours however there are still a small number of places available and can be made through the online booking system.