Published on 01 March 2023

Biodiversity boost for Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool through 60 new trees

The Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool’s redevelopment has officially begun, following a ceremonial sod turning by Glen Eira Mayor Cr Jim Magee and Member for Higgins Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah MP.

As construction progresses on pool — which will open in summer 2024 as one of the most environmentally sustainable pools in the world — Council is focused on maintaining and encouraging biodiversity by carefully considering the pool’s outdoor landscaping.

At least two new trees will be planted for every tree that is removed during the project, providing a significant boost for biodiversity at the site.

In total, more than 60 new trees will be planted at the pool for the community to enjoy. Landscape features such as planters and native vegetation have also been proposed and a colourful wildflower garden will be located outside of the entrance to the centre.

The new trees will replace 29 existing trees, which must be removed during the construction process and cannot be relocated. Removal works on some trees which could not be relocated— including a plane tree at the site — begin this week.

To find out more about the landscape design at the new Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool, please visit our frequently asked questions page.​

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