ROSS Planning congratulates the Mt Gravatt Youth and Recreation Club on the opening of their new indoor sport and recreation centre. It is an example of achieving a club’s vision through the passion of volunteers, good planning and garnering financial support from three different levels of government.
The Mt Gravatt Youth and Recreation Club (FR Caterson Park, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane) had identified the need to provide indoor sport and recreation activities to its members and the community and as a result, commissioned ROSS Planning to undertake a feasibility study for such a facility. ROSS Planning worked closely with the Club, proposed users and the relevant Regional and State Sporting Associations in the feasibility investigations to ensure that all components of the proposed Centre were viable propositions, consistent with current trends, able to meet the needs of the respective sports, and that appropriate external funding could be attracted to the development of the Centre.
Subsequent to the positive findings of the Feasibility Study, ROSS Planning were employed to develop a business plan for the Centre. The Centre was to operate as a community facility, managed by the Club, but needed to include appropriate ‘commercial’ components to ensure its ongoing viability. During the development of the business plan, the concept designs were amended to reflect available funding opportunities and the management needs of the Club.
Much to the delight of ROSS Planning, the official opening of the Centre occurred in early 2014 where the Club’s incredibly dedicated committee members and the local, state and federal government representatives that assisted in funding the development and construction of the $2.75 million Centre could celebrate their achievements. In its first year of operations, the Centre is meeting all projected expectations, with the Club now catering to the needs of over 30 user groups from the site and employing a facility manager to oversee its operations.