50 Years

Published on 11 June 2024


The Centre was opened on 14 June 1974 by then Victorian State Governor Henry Winneke and Mayor Kevin Howard. The Centre’s inception began in the 1960’s when lawn was sewn for a stadium on land originally part of the golf club. In the early 1970’s Council began transforming the site into a sporting precinct - building a football oval and pavilion, hockey field, netball courts, access roads and car park. It was named HP Barr Reserve in honour of the mayor. 


In the 1980’s a further six squash courts were added to the stadium. In the 1990’s Council contracted Wangaratta YMCA to manage the stadium and an upstairs addition for fitness and aerobics was opened. The Centre remained mostly in this form until recently. Council assumed management in 2020 and began the $11.6M redevelopment including a new 50m pool, 24/7 gym with state-of-the-art equipment, and the recently completed basketball stadium - that will officially open next month. 


The Rural City of Wangaratta is proud to provide this premier sporting and wellness hub for our community and regional guests and is invested in its growth. Rural City of Wangaratta Sports, Aquatic and Events Precinct Manager, Sonya Dalgliesh, reflects on recent achievements and the importance of WSAC to our community:  


"As we celebrate WSAC’s 50th anniversary, we reflect on the incredible milestones we've achieved. In the past 12 months, memberships have increased by 30%, Learn to Swim membership has also increased to 750 members, and we have successfully hosted five regional swimming events, and multiple school swimming carnivals for our local schools. We look forward to continuing this legacy in the years to come." She said. 


“Physical activity and recreation play a critical role in the overall health and happiness of our community. WSAC serves as a vital resource for individuals of all ages and abilities to engage in various physical activities, from swimming and fitness classes to recreational sports.” She continued. 


Morning Tea! You're invited!

When: 14 June  9:30am - 11:30am 

Where: WSAC Foyer 

What's happening: Nibbles, coffee and cake provided! Mingle with friends, staff members and the community who have supported the sporting, health and wellness facility for 50 years!

Cant wait to see you there!