YMCA a good move

IT'S pleasing to see a reversal of an earlier State Government decision to close the Leslie Dam Active Recreation Centre, through a new partnership forged with community-based operator the YMCA.

That organisation has been running similar facilities across the state and country for longer than many of us have been alive and has the background and expertise to run it effectively.

I agree with Recreation Minister Steve Dickson when he says that the running of such facilities is not necessarily core government business, and it does make you wonder if similar facilities elsewhere, facing either closure or dormancy, could benefit from the same kind of operating arrangement.

Leslie Dam is not simply a body of irrigation and urban water, it's also at the centre of a sporting and recreational precinct in its own right. Buildings and associated infrastructure out there not directly related to water storage are community assets and they are there to be used, for their highest and best purpose.



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