Little tackers who must have barely been school aged arrived excited for karate lessons. People who — to put it as politely as possible — were considerably more senior arrived for gym workouts. Others made their way to the pool, their bath-robe-and-thongs attire standing out amongst the 100-plus people in business wear for the opening event.
Truly, the CCSLC caters for just about everyone. That is why the redevelopment, which was celebrated throughout Thursday afternoon and all day Sunday, will be so important to the Copper Coast and beyond.
Copper Coast Council committed about $2.5million to the $10.3million project. That seems like a lot, but the old leisure centre would have required most of that money just to be brought back up to scratch having fallen into a poor state of repair. Instead, council used the $2.5million, a contribution from Kadina Memorial School and some generous community donations, to leverage enough cash out of the state and federal governments for a drastic upgrade.
Rough figures show there are more than 100,000 individual visits to the CCSLC annually, and at least a third of Copper Coast ratepayers are users in some capacity. That number should only increase now the centre can fit more people and offer a wider range of activities.
This paper has been in open support of the redevelopment from the outset. And, full disclosure, our managing director Michael Ellis is a former president of the centre. Like so many locals, I have grown up utilising the facility. Perhaps that makes us biased. It also puts us in a good position to understand just how vital the CCSLC is to the local area. Thanks to this redevelopment, it is well positioned to remain vital into the future.