Wulanda wows preview crowd

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Wulanda wows preview crowd

More than 4000 people filed through Mount Gambier’s Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre doors for its preview weekend, taking part in tours and free swimming sessions.

Mount Gambier City Council staff hosted hour-long tours of Wulanda, providing 2200 residents with the opportunity to learn more about

the centre, what it is capable of hosting, how the community can use it, and the opportunities Wulanda provides the city with event attraction.

Over the three preview days, almost 2000 people used Wulanda’s three indoor pools, splash pad, and 50m outdoor pool.

Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said the community discovered that whether they’re learning to swim, needing rehabilitation or a seasoned lap swimmer, there was something for everyone and all ages.

Mayor Martin said the preview weekend was a brilliant opportunity to show thousands of residents what council had designed and built for the community.

“I spoke to so many residents who expressed their excitement about Wulanda, and also thanked the council for their bold vision to build a state-of-the-art facility, that will benefit the community for generations,” she said.

“Many people who spoke to me were so passionate and proud they live in a city that has built Wulanda, a centre with a vision to transform Mount Gambier.

“Building Wulanda has been a long journey for the community, and for the people visiting over the preview weekend it was obvious their patience and trust in the council, designers and builders have been rewarded with an incredible building.

“Mount Gambier has never seen this level of community investment before, which will be transformative for the community.

“Wulanda is the result of an enormous amount of campaigning, design and construction over many years by many people.

Mount Gambier deserves this.

“Wulanda is a game-changer for our city and after 30 years of our community asking for a facility of this type, I’m proud that we invested in this project.”

Council chief executive Sarah Philpott said the positive feedback from residents visiting Wulanda during the preview weekend was fantastic.

“It’s clear there is incredible energy and excitement in the community now they have had a chance to swim and explore the endless possibilities for sports, recreation and events,” she said.

“The preview weekend has allowed thousands of residents to see Wulanda up close firsthand, and with the doors open for business as usual … we expect many more thousands to enjoy their first summer of Wulanda.

“There is programming available online at wulanda.com.au across fitness and aquatics, and with memberships and casual entry at affordable, benchmarked prices, we expect the centre to buzz with crowds.

“Wulanda, meaning ‘enjoy or cherish’ in Bunganditj language, is ready and open for just that.”

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