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History of the Grampians Region YMCA ​

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


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


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.


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


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


Initial discussions for the establishment of an indoor sports stadium.


Membership 350, plus 450 additional users.


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


Official opening of sports stadium in August.


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.


2 more squash courts added.


Indoor heated pool opens in February.


Toddlers pool opened


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


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


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


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


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


The Grampians Region YMCA opens the Ararat YMCA Opportunity Shop.


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


The Y​​MCA opens up a new Health & Fitness Centre in Stawell.


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


The YMCA is 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.
​2018​​After 6 years of servicing the Stawell community for health and fitness, the YMCA closes its Gym operations at the Stawell Leisure Centre.
​YMCA Grampians merges with YMCA Ballarat. 
​The Corpoate office for YMCA Ballarat and Grampians relocates to Barkly Square, Ballarat.

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