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An appeal to raise $2 million to assist in building
an Aquatic Centre on Phillip Island
About us: The Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund, a volunteer-run non-profit organisation, was
set up in 2000 to facilitate the building on the Island of a multi-purpose, community aquatic
The aquatic centre facility is vital for a number of reasons, including:
Teaching and developing swimming skills / life saving
Warm water therapy and program / group exercise
Aquatic sports venue for training and competition
Becoming a resource for positive health outcomes for all
Asset to seasonal tourism / Active social meeting place
Many potential user groups have put their support behind this project, including:
The Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club- "Being a not-for-profit organisation within this
community centred around keeping our community safe in the water, we can only see the
aquatic centre as being a necessary and long overdue addition to our community."
Surfing Victoria- "The benefits of an Aquatic Centre to the Phillip Island for both the permanent
and visitor populations would be invaluable in providing for not just the health and well-being of
the community but also will play a part in public safety."
Our future: Now that the Bass Coast Shire Council has agreed on both the need and specific site
for an aquatic centre on Phillip Island, we are in the imminent position of working with Council
to begin the design phase.
Our aim is to build an 8 lane, 25 metre pool, with an additional 20 metre X 14 metre learn to
swim and warm water exercise pool, plus a children's play area with full amenities. But we need
We must be able to demonstrate to Council that we can raise a significant amount of funding.
That funding, when combined with government grants and funds sourced from corporate and
philanthropic donors, will enable the facility to be built before other aquatic facilities in the
Our NEED for at least $2 million in donated funds is premised on the above scenario. Success in
our fundraising will demonstrate to Council that the community is determined to achieve an
aim that we have aspired to for over 20 years!
We aim to build the Aquatic Centre by 2018, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first
settlement on Phillip Island. We need to be able to show that both businesses and residents are
fully supportive and are prepared to demonstrate that support in a tangible way. We need your
help! Help us by making a tax deductible donation today!
To help us reach our $2 million fundraising target, we have partnered with the Australian Sports
Foundation (ASF) to enable donations to be tax deductible. Please support this much-needed
and long-anticipated facility by donating today.
Every dollar you give will fund another tile or brick and allow this exciting project to be realised.
Whatever amount you are able to donate will add to the momentum of reaching our target for
this appeal and the sooner we reach our funding target the sooner construction can begin!
If you or your business decides to donate to just one project, we ask that you consider making an
aquatic centre on Phillip Island your priority.
To find out more about this much-needed community project, please visit our website at
To make a tax deductible donation, please visit www.asf.org.au/project/phillip-island-aquatic-
We wish to sincerely thank you for taking the time to read the above information and we look
forward to a favourable response.
Please donate today and join us on an exciting and significant journey that will help shape our
community for generations to come!
Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Inc. PO Box 808, Cowes, 3922. web www.piac.org.au
email email@example.com Secretary, Peter McMahon: 0418533256
ENROL NOW FOR 2016!
Dance for all ages
2 Years - School age - Adult
Jazz - Tap - Hip Hop - Contemporary
Phone: 0408 399 853
THIS year marks 10 years of
dedicated teaching by Miranda Kal-
govas, or "Miss Miranda" as she is
known to her many students, with
the Bass Coast Ballet School.
Miss Miranda commenced as a
teacher with the Bass Coast Ballet
School in 2005 when many of her
now senior students were just be-
ginning their dance journey.
The years of ballet classes have
paid off for many of the students,
and their training with her has al-
lowed them to utilise their love of
dance into theatre productions,
professional ballet schooling and
ballet teaching careers.
Miss Miranda was awarded a life-
time membership with Cecchetti
Ballet Australia in 2013 and her
qualifications include Associate
and Licentiate of Cecchetti Ballet
Australia and Cecchetti Ballet In-
ternational as well as a Diploma of
This year's end of year con-
cert held on December 5 featured
a space-themed ballet choreo-
graphed by Miss Miranda featuring
Martians, spacemen, aliens, stars,
comets, and a king.
This ballet, which incorporated
children from five to 18 years,
highlighted Miss Miranda's vast
dance abilities and experience, to
the benefit of the Bass Coast Ballet
School and its students.
Bass Coast Ballet School offers
a range of dance genres, including
ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and
hip hop and welcomes students of
all ages from two years through to
Classes are available in both
Cowes and Wonthaggi. For enqui-
ries please see the website www.
basscoastballet.com.au or phone
0408 399 853.
Miranda Kalgovas, or Miss Miranda, as she is known by her students, is congratulated on 10 years as a
dance teacher at the Bass Coast Ballet School, by her junior and senior open ballet class.
A 10 year milestone for Miss Miranda
PHILLIP Island Aquatic
Centre Fund secretary
Peter McMahon is a deter-
He has no doubt that a
pool can be achieved on
Phillip Island by the Year
2018, a date which marks
150 years since the island
was settled, but it will
need Council to rethinks
their current ideas, he
He is appealing to the
community to get behind
a pool appeal, soon to be
launched, and has out-
lined the positive changes
that have eventuated this
year which can enable this
First and foremost, the
fact that the Bass Coast
Shire Council has at long
last approved the con-
struction of a pool on Phil-
lip Island, represented
a major shift from their
2014 stance, when they
decreed council would not
look at developing a pool
on Phillip Island for an-
other fifteen years.
"The situation 18
months ago was that
council resolved to build
a pool at Wonthaggi, and
look at Phillip Island fif-
teen years hence," said
Peter this week.
Thanks to the dedi-
cated and intensive work
being undertaken by Pe-
ter and the PIACF com-
mittee, that, position has
"The current Bass
Coast Shire Council reso-
lution is that two aquatic
centres can be built in
the shire; one at Wont-
haggi and a second on
It remains the case that
Phillip Island residents
have to raise 50% of the
cost of their facility, which
Peter estimates overall to
be in the vicinity of $10
While the Wonthaggi
which has a current esti-
mated price tag of $22.5
million, comes with no
similar community con-
Nevertheless, says Peter
McMahon, "we can do it."
Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil has approved a site for
a Phillip Island pool, on
land behind the Cowes
"Now that the land has
been secured by council
resolution, it's all systems
go for us," Peter said.
"We will need to raise
$2 million to make it
happen. We understand
a grant is available from
Sport and Recreation Vic-
toria for $3 million which
means we can do it.
"That will give us our
The PIACF has also
established a partner-
ship with the Australian
Sports Foundation (ASF),
which is able to accept
donations on behalf of
All donations made to
ASF for PIACF are tax de-
The Foundation sourc-
es donations from philan-
"They have agreed to
help us and are very
much on side," Peter Mc-
"This group raised
$24 million for sporting
groups in Australia last
PIAFC will be seeking
community support over
summer, and are soon to
launch a fund raising pro-
"For the first time in the
20 years this community
has been working to build
a pool, there is now a real
chance of us achieving
this facility by 2018," he
"We very much want
it to coincide with the
island's 150th celebra-
And here's a thought,
"If 20,000 people do-
nated just $100 each, we
would have our $2 mil-
lion in a heartbeat.'
Full details of the part-
nership with the Austra-
lian Sports Foundation
are contained in a PIACF
advertisement in this edi-
To donate, go to the
Australian Sports Foun-
dation website, and click
on to the Phillip Island
For further information
and a question and an-
swer format page, go to
"We can do it," a very
enthusiastic Peter advises.
"Many of the obstacles
faced at the council level
for the last decade have
all now been cleared.
"We're on the way. Come
PIACF will publish a
regular column in the Ad-
vertiser in 2016, keeping
the community closely
informed, and showing
the progress of the PIAFC
quest to raise $2 million.
Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund committee sec-
retary Peter McMahon has this week outlined a plan
that he believes could achieve an island pool by the
An island pool is achievable
-PIAFC outlines their plan
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