Our Backyard – Apollo Bay

Indoor Heated Pool Project – Update.

For those of you who don’t yet know The Apollo Bay Community Bank Board decided to champion a heated indoor pool for the Apollo Bay community because during creation of the bank a community poll identified that, of 31 identified needs in the community, the pool was the stand out need with 42% support.  In fact an indoor heated pool is a facility that all of the community has wanted for well over ten years.

August the Apollo Bay News-sheet, Chamber of Commerce & the Lions Club contributed $5,000, $2,000 & $1,000 respectively which, along with the funds already received from the Bank, Shire & OHCS, enabled the engagement of pool consultant, Damian Gorman of Sport & Leisure Solutions.  His brief being to complete a Feasibility Study including Business Plan by November for submission to Council before the Xmas break

By September the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre was incorporated with an ABN & GST registration and the consultant was well under way with the Feasibility Study.  Damian conducted meetings with relevant stakeholders such as Rob Small, Linda West (OHCS), the School, sporting clubs, foreshore management plus consulting with the community via survey and a public meeting.


The Shire are now supporting our pool.

Colac Otway Shire voted unanimously (7:nil) on Wed. 27th March to:

1. provide in-principle commitment to the ongoing operational costs of a proposed Apollo Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre, subject to the funding of operational costs from current expenditure and external funds being sourced for the capital construction of the facility

2. continue to work with the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre Committee to investigate means to reduce the financial commitment required for ongoing operations

& 3. support the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre Committee to lobby state and federal governments for capital funds for construction of an indoor aquatic centre in Apollo Bay.


Thankyou EVERYONE for your great support, a great start, let’s make this really happen!

The Council meeting to decide on the pool was in Colac at COPACC on Wed. 27th March at 5pm.

Here is the Council report and recommendation from the Agenda.

Jane Gross Secretary Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre Inc.






Fancy turning your empty jars into cucumbers? Or broccoli into tomato relish?
So far we’ve swapped breads, vegie seeds and seedlings, eggs, loads of excess homegrown vegies, empty jars, chutney, dried herbal teas, fruit, and more…..cant wait to see whats going to be there this week!                                              

It’s on again this Friday! Let us know what you plan to share. Otway’s local produce swap is on again at community garden next Friday the 28th of Feb. Swapping action beginning at 5:30pm.
We are also adding the addition of a children’s swapping table @ the next swap for any little ones that may like to get involved.
Some of the things we had on the table last time included homemade tea leaves, honey, variety of home-grown produce, organic liquid fertiliser, plum cake, bread and eggs, to only name a few! Everyone has something to contribute & it’s a great way to connect with the community.
To share all things swapping related before or after the swap, such as what you plan to bring or hope someone else may have, or how to use something, you can talk to other swappers via this page, or reach those not on Facebook at the Otways Local Produce swap blog @ http://foodinthecosregion.weebly.com/apollo-bay-swap.html


Everyone is welcome & everyone has something to share.


See you in Our Backyard,



Darren Brimacombe


0418 317 424




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