2018 – The year that was

Time flies by quickly and a lot has changed over the year, both for us as a business and for the industry generally. With 25 plus years in Sport and Leisure consultancy we like to keep our clientele informed of what is happening in the industry.

Fast-paced technology changes continue to alter the way people participate in, play and see sport and recreation activities. Physical activity participation rates remain unacceptably low for a large proportion of the community and the current generation of children spends more time indoors than any other generation in history. The challenge is to continue to develop bold initiatives to motivate the community to live active lifestyles.  As our population increases and new communities emerge, there is rising pressure on existing systems, sport and recreation facilities to accommodate more people. We are working collaboratively with various organisations across the sector to ensure that new communities are created with built and natural environments that encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

Sports Governance

One Eighty has assisted a number of Councils this year in the governance and management of facilities and sporting precincts.  We are currently working with the District Council of Mount Barker in establishing a governance structure and model for the soon to be developed Regional Sports Hub for the Adelaide Hills Region.  Working closely with International Sports Care (Brian Cunningham and Tim Ridgeway), our team has been coordinating the needs of the State Sporting Organisations of Football, Australian Rules Football, Netball, Cricket and Tennis to develop a sustainable structure for optimal  management of the new regional precinct. We have also assisted Council in a cost apportionment exercise for capital development of the site and a model that highlights an equitable distribution to each stakeholder.

Earlier in the year, we also undertook a Quantification Review of the Port Augusta Central Oval facility and its ongoing management.  A project with a number of stakeholders and needs, this involved close analysis of existing and proposed management structures and responsibilities to ensure club viability and optimal use and access of the major centre for the region.

Playford Bowls Project – One Eighty was engaged to provide consultancy services to assist Playford Council with the amalgamation of two bowling clubs, the Elizabeth Bowling Club and the Munno Para Bowling and Community Club. The culmination of the amalgamation was the formation of a new entity the Playford Bowling Club and the development of Australia’s largest undercover lawn bowls facility featuring 3 synthetic greens and a newly refurbished clubroom/function centre.

Playspace Strategies

Developing strategies for asset management and replacement of playspaces is one aspect of planning, but One Eighty has also taken this further and has undertaken strategic needs and design strategies with a number of Councils over the last year.  These the Rural City of Murray Bridge and three Councils in NSW at Campbelltown, Penrith and recently a new project for Woollahra Council in the heart of Sydney.

Trail Planning

This remains one of our key skill sets and we have recently completed a significant project with Horse SA and the Office for Sport and Racing for the enhancement of development opportunities of the Kidman Trail.  44 actions have been recommended over seven project sites from Strathalbyn in the South to Stockwell in the North. We have also worked with the Rural City of Murray Bridge on its walking strategy and developed a number of routes to enhance access to and through the City.

Master Planning

Many of our projects are now coming to fruition with the development and ongoing management of key facilities and infrastructure planed by One Eighty.  These include the Glenunga Hub, Kauri Parade, Campbelltown Memorial Oval, and the pending State Football Facility at Gepps Cross.  Great to see the fruits of our labour benefiting thousands of South Australians!

Socially ….. our team loves to practice what we preach and this year Mark Band has taken his love for adventure sports by becoming a qualified paragliding pilot and will be off to the French Alps for a World meet in speed riding in March … a cross between skiing and flying (don’t ask, just google). Brett Hill has wound back somewhat but still remains on our team but is spending much of his semi-retirement on York Peninsula sailing and fishing …ahh the life; and Jeff Dry remains active in his hockey club and on the bowls green.

The whole team will also be spending our Christmas function at the polo this year (very high brow) and will be enjoying a modest drink or two to celebrate the year and our accomplishments.

On behalf of us all, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a safe and Happy New Year and we look forward to catching up and hopefully working with you in 2019!

Warm Regards,

Mark Band, Director