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History of the Grampians Region YMCA ​

Timeline for the development of the Grampians Region (Ararat) YMCA

 1952

Some young men were interested in pioneering YMCA activities in Ararat. Y's Mens Club formed with the cooperation of the Ballarat YMCA.

1953

A Boys club was formed which was sponsored by the Y's mens Club with 70 boys. A girls club commenced later in the year when the Y's menettes Club formed with 30 girls.

1955

Ararat YMCA was formed on May 28th 1955, as a branch of the Ballarat YMCA.

1961

Programs offered included basketball, sex education lectures and employment services. Membership consisted of 109 males and 38 females. 10 youth clubs were held.

1962

Initial discussions for the establishment of an indoor sports stadium.

1964

Membership 350, plus 450 additional users.

1967

Application to Council for loan for funds to build Indoor Sports stadium

1968

Official opening of sports stadium in August

1978

Refurbishment of the Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Centre shut for a long time and went into debt. New basketball court, 4 new squash courts, new toilet and change rooms and new foyer added.

1982

2 more squash courts added.

1992

Indoor heated pool opens in February.

1995

Toddlers pool opened

1996

The second basketball court is built, thus completing the dream of establishing a fully functional leisure centre for the Rural City of Ararat.

 2003

The first Outside of School Hours Care operation begins in Ararat West Primary School

 2007

The Children's Services division is created to oversee the Outside of School Hours Care service and Active Afterschool Program

 2007

The Ararat YMCA becomes a Cluster Manager for kindergartens in the Ararat region

 2009

The Grampians Region YMCA business name is registered and now operates in 5 Local Government areas.

 2010

The Grampians Region YMCA opens the Ararat YMCA Opportunity Shop

 2010

The Grampians Region YMCA becomes a training provider for First Aid, Pool Lifeguard, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Defibrillation

 2012

The YMCA Opens up a new Health & Fitness Centre in Stawell

 2012

The YMCA wins the contract for the Jeparit and Rainbow Outdoor Pools

2012

We are awarded grant funding to redevelop the Carey Street Kindergarten for operation in 2013

​2015​After over 60 years, the YMCA lost the management contract of the Ararat Aquatic and Recreation Centre and ceased operations on September 30th 2015.
​2015​The Grampians Region YMCA was successful in attaining the contract to operate the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre, Casterton Outdoor Pool, Heywood Outdoor Pool and Merino Outdoor Pools in partnership with the Glenelg Shire Council.
​2016​The Grampians Region YMCA opened up the Y Community Hub, a facility that caters for long day care, community programs and conference facilities. The venue also houses Kindergarten and maternal Child Health services.
​2016​The Stawell YMCA Health and Fitness Centre moves into the Stawell Leisure Complex.
​2017 ​​The Grampians Region YMCA becomes an Approved provider for Family Day Care and starts with provision of services in Portland and Casterton.
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