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Peninsula Leisure appoints new CEO

Peninsula Leisure has announced the appointment of a new CEO to spearhead the successful operation of Frankston City Council’s much loved aquatic facilities, Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) and Pines Forest Aquatic Centre.

Katherine Thom, an experienced and senior leader who has made significant contributions within the aquatics, recreation and leisure sector for the past 20 years, was appointed to the role by the Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd Board after an extensive national recruitment process.

Peninsula Leisure Board Chair, Julie Busch, said that Ms Thom’s experience leading multi-disciplinary workforces within complex and fast-paced environments was the perfect fit for the company, particularly as it builds back up from its COVID closure last year.

“The Board and I were extremely impressed with Katherine’s industry knowledge and enthusiasm for creating, building and maintaining constructive workplace culture coupled with her strong track record of delivering positive outcomes for councils, communities and not-for-profit organisations.

“Katherine has successfully managed large teams, facilities and programming in both NSW and Victoria and applies a long-term, systems-thinking approach to her work which sits alongside her strong passion and commitment for improving the industry and health outcomes for all of our community,” Ms Busch added.

Ms Thom has previously worked for City of Yarra (Yarra Leisure), Life Saving Victoria and Royal Life Saving Society. She has also been a Non-Executive Director for AUSTSWIM for the past two years, is Chair of the AUSTSWIM Advisory Committee in Victoria and was a key member of last year’s Victorian Aquatic Industry Alliance (VAIA), advocating for the safe re-opening of the industry.

Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd is a subsidiary company wholly owned by Council and charged with the management of PARC and Pines Forest Aquatic Centre.

Frankston City Council CEO, Phil Cantillon, said: “We’re looking forward to working with Katherine and believe she will be a great asset to the Peninsula Leisure team.

“Her expertise and reputation within the industry was notably what made her a stand out candidate. We wish her all the best with the role,” Mr Cantillon said.

Ms Thom has contributed to panels, workshops and working groups within aquatics, recreation, lifesaving and Local Government for many years. She has also grown a strong professional network that connects to the grass roots of the industry.

Ms Thom added: “I’m greatly looking forward to the opportunity to work with such a strong and dynamic team at Peninsula Leisure and to build on the successes of both facilities for Frankston and surrounding communities.”

Peninsula Leisure is committed to providing quality sports, recreation and leisure products and services with a focus on community engagement and innovation alongside a reputation for delivering exceptional service.

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❓ Do you know a 13 – 17 year old who isn’t confident around water?
❓ Has your teenager missed out on regular swimming lessons growing up? 
❓ Do you want your teen to gain water safety skills so you can all enjoy going to the beach and pool parties? 

This January, PARC is offering a fully subsidised 5-day Youth summer swim program. 
This program is for teenagers aged 13 years to 17 years old who do not regularly participate in swimming and water safety lessons and wish to gain skills to be safer in and around water. The 5-day intensive program will group teenagers in like levels for progressive and age focused activities, aimed to improve swimming fitness and practise in water safety and rescue techniques. 

This is a really important age group for water safety awareness, with beach sessions and pool parties coming up over summer. 

WHEN: Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January 
TIME: 45minute sessions, between 10.30am-1.30pm 
WHO: Youth aged 13 - 17 years old
COST: Fully subsidised 
RSVP: Learn more and book in for free via our website here: 
Make sure you select the ‘PARC Swim Vision’ tab to see the full information and complete the form.

Any questions? Please email 

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🎄PARC Christmas Hours 🎄

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18 Dec - 23 Dec: Hours as normal
Sunday 24 Dec: 7am-6pm
Monday 25 Dec: CLOSED
Tuesday 26 Dec: 7am-7pm
27-30 Dec: Hours as normal
Sunday 31 Dec: 7am-6pm
Monday 1 Jan: 7am-7pm
Jan 2 and beyond: Hours as normal

For a more in depth breakdown on the services available please see our website! 

🚨 REMINDER: PARC closing early on Saturday 9th December 🚨

PARC will be closing at 6pm on Saturday 9th December as our staff enjoy their end of year Christmas function. 

Please allow for extra time in planning your workout or swim as the centre will close an hour earlier. 

We will open at 7am as per normal operating hours on Sunday 10th December.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Christmas sweet treat, anyone? 🍭🍬 

This is your sign to try our cafe special next time you’re in!! It’s the silly season, so come and try our special Santa shake! It’s rolling out fast this month 🎄🎅🏻 

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Still looking for the perfect gift for a special someone? 🎁 We've got you covered! 🤩

Gift your loved one something from the Peninsula's award winning recreation centre and support them in building happy, healthy habits. 

We have loads of different gift ideas from our retail range, personal training, memberships, swimming lessons, gift vouchers and more! 

Visit us in Centre to see our retail range, or let our friendly team help you purchase a voucher for your special someone. Or, check out our website and purchase a membership online. 

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Time to re-enrol for Childcare! 🧸

A friendly reminder to enrol your child into childcare again for 2024. Everybody needs to reenrol, even if you regularly attended this year. 

You can download a copy of the form on our website. Link in bio. 

Thanks for your cooperation

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