10 April 2019

Regional Plan - Update (April 2019) from Executive Director

The roll out of the Regional Plan is in full effect and I have been fortunate enough to visit and speak directly with a number of clubs in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern over the past few weeks.  Thank you to the Northam PCYC, Collie PCYC, Lake Grace, Great Southern, Dumbleyung, Esperance Twilight Aerials, Narrogin, Denmark, Flip Zone, Walpole Clubs for your hospitality, and the frank feedback on the proposed regional alignments and the implications of the outcomes of the plan.

I’ve also had the opportunity to meet the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries Regional Managers for Wheatbelt (Jen Collins), Great Southern (Chris Thompson) and Pilbara (Simone Fountain), as well as their Manager Regional Services (Mitch Hardy) about the manner in which the project is being rolled out.

The initial proposal to utilise horizontal lines is proving to be less and less feasible in the south with clubs with strong similarities of servicing need being split (eg. Wongan being cut off from the rest of the Wheatbelt) and those with vastly different servicing needs being grouped together into a southern mega-district (eg. Bunbury and Harvey PCYCs and their access to Perth being treated the same as Esperance).  The growing consensus in the south is that aligning the areas closer to DLGSC boundaries would be more feasible, with the Esperance Twilight Aerials and Walpole clubs joining a combined Wheatbelt – Great Southern district, and the South West becoming a stand-alone area.

The set ups of the committees overseeing these districts, with the appropriateness of the requirement for one representative per club is currently being discussed.  The call for an additional time commitment from an already time-poor volunteer base, while maintaining fair representation of all clubs is a definite balancing act that needs to be addressed.

As the consultation with the clubs and other DLGSC regional managers continues over the next few months, I am hoping to firm up the regions into which each club will fall, therefore allowing an appropriate level of service being delivered.  As the alignments and commencement of operations will potentially impact by funding opportunities both by DLGSC and other funding providers in the various regions, there is no intent to delay one group if they are ready to transition to / commence in the sub-committee structure.

If you have any questions of comments or would like copies of earlier updates, please feel free to contact me via email – director@gymnasticswa.asn.au

Update written by:
Milton Brooks
Gymnastics WA - Executive Director