Cockburn ARC’s one in a million: centre celebrates millionth visitor


Cockburn ARC manager Brett McEwin (left) and Cockburn ARC member relations team leader Rebecca Harrison (right) celebrate with Lisa Gibson and her children Harriet (6) and Alex (8) Bloodworth. Picture: City of Cockburn/Paul McGovern
Cockburn ARC manager Brett McEwin (left) and Cockburn ARC member relations team leader Rebecca Harrison (right) celebrate with Lisa Gibson and her children Harriet (6) and Alex (8) Bloodworth. Picture: City of Cockburn/Paul McGovern

COCKBURN Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC) celebrated its millionth visitor in style on Friday afternoon, just 10 months after opening its doors.

The $109m centre, which opened in May, welcomed Atwell resident Lisa Gibson and her children Harriet (6) and Alex (8) with a red carpet, confetti and 12-month membership to the centre and its Swim ARCademy.

Ms Gibson, whose son Alex was about to play his Friday afternoon basketball match as a member of the Harvest Lakes club, said both children were weekly participants in the school-aged Swim ARCademy program.

“We got the kids involved with ARC as soon as it opened with the swim academy but neither my husband nor I are members,” Ms Gibson said.

“I’ve often thought I’d like to be a member. My mum and dad are and they love it, but the kids have been our priority.

“I’m excited to participate in group fitness and try out the training equipment.”

Cockburn ARC manager Brett McEwin said the centre was delighted to welcome its one millionth visitor.

“The milestone could not have been achieved without the support of the centre’s loyal members and the expanding nature of our customer base to reach one million visitors,” Mr McEwin said.

“It is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff since opening, in providing outstanding service to the local and surrounding community.

“Attendances have exceeded forecasts, which is helping us reinvest in the centre to continually enhance member experience.”

Mayor Logan Howlett said the achievement was a great source of pride for the City, as the $109m centre was not expected to reach one million visitors per annum until its fourth year of operation.

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