ALFA is undertaking important industry research in collaboration with both Victoria University, UniSA and Sport and Recreation Victoria. The project is investigating and attempting to quantify, through interviews with management and data collected from the six pilot centres, both the economic and health and well-being benefits associated with the significance of the local government aquatic and recreation industry.
Victoria University’s School of Sport and Exercise Science chief investigator Dr John Tower said there was little understanding of the economic contribution made by local aquatic and recreation centres to date.
“There is a wealth of information on the economic impact of events but little that explores the economic significance of local aquatic and recreation centres,” Dr Tower said. “Victoria has pools and indoor recreation centres in most metropolitan suburbs and country towns but we know very little about the impact of their business operations or their economic significance.”
It is anticipated that some preliminary results will be available next year. The project will also be submitted to the Australian Research Council (ARC) for grant funding to expand its scope and ability to provide more in-depth investigation. The Victorian YMCA and City of Greater Geelong are also partnering ALFA in this valuable project, which is being led by an industry steering committee coordinated by ARV.