Yawa: first a name, now a manager


THE manager of the still to be completed Yawa Aquatic Centre at Rosebud is Dan Andrews.

Mornington Peninsula Shire says Mr Andrews has “an extensive background in health and fitness” that will enable him to “bring a great wealth of experience and knowledge to the new centre”.

As centre manager of the $50 million aquatic centre taking shape in Boneo Road, Mr Andrews will be responsible for “maintaining a strong relationship with council and leading a high-performance community minded culture where all visitors feel welcome”.

“This role is integral to the smooth operation and success of this Shire facility and we think Dan is a great fit,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said.

While construction of the aquatic centre has progressed, marketing and branding have been delayed by councillors insisting on community feedback about its name (“Yawa ‘milestone’ for aquatic centre” The News 4/8/20).

Finally adopted as Yawa, more controversy has now been raised about the meaning of the word. The shire says it means “swim” or “to swim”, but evidence is now being produced claiming it means “journey”.

To keep up to date with progress of the aquatic centre visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/aquaticcentre

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 11 August 2020


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