YMCA extends partnership with the Greater City of Dandenong

  • Date: 14 June 2017
  • Category: News
Oasis Swimathon 2017

YMCA Victoria is thrilled to announce its contract to manage and operate the City of Greater Dandenong’s (CGD) three major Leisure Centres has been extended for a further two years.

Greater Dandenong Council and the YMCA have worked in partnership to help those living in the city become healthier, happier, and feel more connected to their community.

YMCA Victoria proudly manages the Dandenong Oasis, Springers Leisure Centre and the state-of-the art Noble Park Aquatic Centre, with big plans for the future.

“It is an exciting opportunity and we’re looking forward to the challenge of growing the membership base and participation levels at all three facilities in partnership with Council,” said Travis Sauer, YMCA Area Manager for the Dandenong facilities.

“The centres have a strong regional focus with community groups, schools and youth groups and that will grow with the implementation of new programs – particularly multi-cultural community groups.”

Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse municipality in Victoria and the second most diverse in Australia, with residents from more than 150 different birthplaces. More than half of the city’s population speak English as a second language, and the YMCA has been committed to ensuring all our programs and services meet the needs of this fantastically diverse community.

Since 2014, the YMCA has provided unique and community oriented programming to ensure everyone, regardless of circumstance, can become healthier and happier at the Greater City of Dandenong facilities and beyond.

Our annual fundraising event, the YMCA Swimathon, has raised over $20,000 since 2014 for the Dandenong community, making the first ever Deaf and Hard of Hearing swimming lessons at the centres possible.

Partnering with LSV, we have also been able to provide the CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) community – in particular young people – the opportunity to learn and become employed as lifeguards. The program has been incredibly successful, with many young people originally from Afghanistan now qualified and working as lifeguards and swimming teachers at YMCA managed centres in Melbourne’s south east.

“The CALD community is large and growing in the area and that creates both an opportunity and challenge. Our programming is inclusive and sensitive to cultural needs and we will continue to ensure these opportunities continue to expand,” said Travis.

“We’re excited to be helping raise the profile of the facilities and Council across the Greater Dandenong community, as well as provide more opportunities for people to become healthier and happier.”

YMCA Victoria is proud to manage the Greater City of Dandenong facilities. To find out more about what each centre had to offer, please visit:

-          http://www.dandenongoasis.com.au/

-          http://www.nobleparkaquaticcentre.com.au/

-          http://www.springersleisurecentre.com.au/