2016 Annual General Meeting Report

August 21, 2016

Our AGM at the RSL music afternoon on Sunday 14 August was well attended. The following members were elected unopposed to the committee:
President:          Debra Cerasa (CEO Otway Health)
Vice President: John Riches (Chamber of Commerce)
Secretary:          Jane Gross
Treasurer:         Barb Birkett
Committee:       Edmond Shea (RSL)
Georgina Harrison
Meloney Howell
Kate Hedrick-Wagstaff (School)

Thank you to – Mayor Frank Buchanan for chairing the election; all who attended; the RSL; and the musicians for a great afternoon.

In November 2015, the Council decided to form a Project Control Group to oversee an Expression of Interest process inviting the private sector to propose development plans for the Apollo Bay Harbour. In so doing, the Council’s intention was to test the financial viability of an indoor aquatic centre as part of the Harbour development.
We are pleased to have made considerable progress as a lobby group to have succeeded in elevating the discussion to this point.

Following a nomination process and selection by Council, Jane Gross and John Riches are two of the 6 community representatives chosen to be on the Project Control Group along with Andrew Buchanan, John Verey, Tim Cobb & Pete Fillmore. The Mayor, 3 senior COS officers – General Manager Development & Community Services, Manager Planning Building & Health, Manager Economic Development; and 3 State government representatives from Dept of Economic Development, Jobs Transport & Resources, DELWP & RDV; also sit on the Group. The Group meets monthly and has had 3 meetings, alternating between Colac & Apollo Bay.

To date, the main direction of the Group is to seek Council approval at the August Council meeting to undertake Market Testing rather than jumping to an Expression of Interest process. It is necessary to establish the level of interest from the Market as a first step and this would need to be carried out by a specialist in this area. If approved by Council, the outcome of this testing should be known by early 2017 and will provide some indication of the viability of achieving an aquatic centre at the Harbour.

Over the past year, our Aquatic Centre Committee has remained active in continuing to lobby politicians for an indoor heated pool facility for Apollo Bay. Fundraising has been less of a priority this year as we await the Harbour outcome.

We still depend on you to renew your memberships to demonstrate the level of support from the local community and how much this means to all who live here. It also sustains our organization and its credibility.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and to all of you who have so generously pledged or donated to achieve an indoor pool for Apollo Bay. We have now raised just short of $170,000 in total.

You can help to strengthen our voice by becoming a member for just $2 or renewing your membership for $1 – just ask the friendly staff at our community bank, Bendigo Bank, in Pascoe Street or here on the website.