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Carnegie Swim Centre redevelopment concept design consultation

We are inviting community feedback on a proposed concept design for Carnegie Swim Centre.

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We’re currently halfway through the concept design phase. 

The concept design establishes the floor plan for the centre — which is within the footprint of the current site — and is where we explore options for the size of key spaces, movement through the site, scale and form of buildings and general layout.

At this stage, landscaping is indicative — a concept only.

Once endorsed by Council, the process will move to the schematic design phase, where the selected concept is further refined and finalised through materials, colours, landscaping and finishes.

The concept plans for Carnegie Swim Centre includes:

  • an outdoor 50 metre, eight lanepool
  • an outdoor diving pool
  • an indoor warm water program pool and 25 metre learn-to-swim pool
  • a concourse spa
  • indoor sauna, steam room and accessible changerooms
  • indoor program rooms
  • consultancy rooms
  • a café
  • outdoor children’s splash pad/water play
  • lawn areas and open spaces (including retention of the eastern mound)
  • barbeques and shaded seating
  • the retention of character and local charm.

Council has also engaged traffic engineers to conduct a study on traffic and parking impacts on the surrounding area. This report will be available to view here on the Have Your Say page.

The redevelopment of Carnegie Swim Centre is an important project that will boost the local economy and provide many jobs. A redeveloped Centre will also improve the general experience for users, support opportunities to enhance community feel and connectedness, and will ensure that the Centre remains environmentally sustainable. We are planning now so that Carnegie Swim Centre can meet the needs of the growing community for years to come.

The project is estimated to be completed by early 2023.

The consultation has closed, a Council report will be published. For further information email projects@gleneira.vic.gov.au or call 9524 3333.

About the project

Why is Council redeveloping the Carnegie Swim Centre?

Built in 1966, the buildings and pools are now at the end of their serviceable life and need to be replaced. The filtration systems are inefficient and the buildings cannot be easily modified to meet universal access standards.

Although the centre remains very safe to use with regular ongoing maintenance, the centre needs a complete redevelopment to ensure it meets contemporary standards and is capable of servicing our growing community in the future.

Is the existing centre being completely demolished or refurbished?

The current concept design will require the existing centre to be completely demolished. The new centre will remain within the footprint of the existing site. In keeping with the overarching Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan, the proposed design will create more useable space and improved landscape areas.

What was the preferred option for the redevelopment of the Carnegie Swim Centre from the recent community consultation?

From October 2019 to January 2020, 1,364 people voted, selecting one of three proposed options. Option B, a “redeveloped swim centre with indoor and outdoor pools and an outdoor diving pool” was the community’s preferred option with 73.5% of the total vote. At the Ordinary Council Meeting on the 25 February 2020, Council endorsed Option B.

What is the size and scale of the proposed redevelopment?

The latest community consultation identified that it is important to the community that the new centre remains within the footprint, size and structure of the existing pool and does not become a larger centre equivalent to the size and scale of Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC). The proposed redeveloped swim centre will sit on the existing building footprint, within the existing fence lines.

What will the proposed redevelopment include?

The proposed design for the redevelopment will contain the following:

  • Outdoor 50m x 8m lane pool
  • Outdoor dive pool
  • Indoor warm water program pool and 25m learn-to-swim pool
  • Concourse spa
  • Indoor sauna, steam room and accessible change rooms
  • Indoor program rooms
  • Consultancy rooms
  • Café
  • Outdoor children’s splash pad/water play
  • Lawn areas and open spaces (including retention of the ‘eastern mound’)
  • Barbeque and shaded seating
  • Retention of character and local charm.

Will the redevelopment be designed to incorporate best practices for Environmentally Sustainable Design?

We have engaged a Environmentally Sustainable Design consultant to ensure we go above and beyond the minimum standards required. We have a Community Plan commitment that five percent of the project costs will be spent on Environmentally Sustainable Design initiatives. Council is currently investigating a facility which will encompass an all-electric solution which will run completely from renewable energy, incorporating significant onsite solar PV. The new facility will also be designed for climate resilience, low energy operation and water resilience — incorporating significant rainwater harvesting tanks.

The ‘earth berm’ as proposed in the current concept design will insulate the building, enabling the centre to be much more efficient, providing additional open space for native vegetation to be planted, as well assisting to achieve the low-profile form of the building which is set into the park landscape.

Will the redevelopment be designed to incorporate best practices for Disability Discrimination Act standards?

We will go above Disability Discrimination Act standards to enhance the user experience and ensure that every centre staff member has the skills to assist customers who have additional needs. The current design incorporates a changing places facility and universal access to all aspects of the facility.

What added value will the redevelopment bring to the community?

Our community is growing, and the redevelopment will broaden the facilities at Carnegie Swim Centre to cater for the additional all year-round demand for aquatic and leisure facilities by providing:

  • More opportunities to improve physical and mental wellbeing, specifically through learn-to-swim and other programs.
  • Improved user experience of the facilities.
  • Enhanced community feel and connectedness while still enjoying the essential elements which contribute to the current swim centre’s character.
  • A more sustainable facility with improved accessibility.

The centre is designed to complement GESAC and also to ease the pressure on GESACs learn to swim and warm water programming as demand has increased significantly due to growth in the municipality.

Is there a Community Reference Group for this project?

Council appointed a Community Reference Group, consisting of 12 local representatives to help guide the project through planning, design and implementation of the Masterplan projects including the Carnegie Swim Centre Redevelopment. To date, the Community Reference Group has met six times throughout the year and provided local advice and recommendations to Council.

Who is designing the new centre?

Council appointed CO-OP Studio to design the redevelopment. CO-OP Studio has proven experience in designing leisure and aquatic centres, multi sports complex and pavilions including Stromlo Leisure Centre, Sunbury Aquatic Centre, La Trobe Sports Park, Peter Mathieson Pavilion and HE Parker Multi Sports Complex. For more information on CO-OP Studio, please visit www.co-opstudio.com.au.

How much will the project cost?

The final cost is unclear at this stage however, Council is expecting the redevelopment to be approximately $51 million.

Will the redevelopment accommodate year-round use?

The redevelopment will see Carnegie Swim Centre become an all-year-round aquatic and leisure facility, with a range of services for a broader section of the community, including proposed indoor pools, spas, saunas and fitness rooms to accommodate the winter months. At this stage, it is likely the outdoor 50m pool, dive pool and splash pad will available seasonally. This will allow the centre to provide programs such as learn-to-swim, and targeted programs to meet specific community health needs, delivering a range of physical and mental health benefits for decades to come.

Will Council require a Town Planning Permit for this development?

The development will require a Town Planning Permit and the Town Planning Permit application will be lodged once the designs have been further developed. Glen Eira’s standard Town Planning process for applying and obtaining a Town Planning Permit will be followed for this project.

How will Council address the Special Building Overlay requirements?

The consultant team engaged by Council is working with Melbourne Water to address the requirements of the Special Building Overlay and will continue to do so in future design stages. More information will be provided on these requirements and how they have been incorporated into the design in future consultation.

Proposed concept design

What is a concept design and what follows this phase?

The concept design phase establishes the ‘floor plan’ for the centre and is where we explore options for the size of key spaces, movement through the site, scale and form of buildings, and general layout. At this stage, landscaping is indicative – a concept only. We’re currently halfway through the concept design phase. Feedback from community consultation will inform the final concept design. Once endorsed by Council, the process will move to the schematic design phase, where the selected concept is further refined and finalised through materials, colours, landscaping and finishes.

Key tasks Program dates
Concept design development February – August 2020
Community consultation July – August 2020
Schematic design development September – October 2020
Detailed design development November – January 2020
Tender documentation and head contractor procurement January 2021 – April 2021
Construction, including early works March 2021 – Late 2022
Centre opens Early 2023

How will the Carnegie Swim Centre retain its heritage elements in the redevelopment?

From previous consultation, we heard that people love the community vibe and nostalgic feel of the centre and want this to be retained. CO-OP Studio, the architects, were selected through a competitive process for a number of reasons, one in particular is their experience celebrating heritage in community projects. CO-OP Studio is working hard to ensure nostalgic references will be spread throughout the design, from the site arrangement to the form, human scale and relationship with the landscape, right down to the details people interact with.

The concept design has incorporated many of the elements of the existing centre including:

  • Essential elements of the existing building including the use of red brick externally
  • Matching the low impact form of the existing building.
  • Post war style signage.
  • Retaining ‘the eastern hill’.
  • Celebrating the original name of the pool being “Memorial Swimming Pool”.
  • Retaining a similar layout of outdoor pools
  • Remains within the footprint, size and structure as the existing pool.
  • Sourcing the original pool architectural drawings and replicating form and features in a way which meets today’s needs.

Will the proposed 50m outdoor pool be the same size as the existing 50m outdoor pool?

The outdoor pool will essentially be the same size and in the same location as the existing outdoor pool, noting some minor tweaks may be needed to comply with current regulations including compliant step and ramp access into and out of the pool.

Is the proposed dive pool the same size as the existing dive pool?

The current centre has two 1m dive boards and two 3m dive boards. The proposed dive pool is a similar size to the existing dive pool however there is only one 1m dive board and one 3m dive board.

While this may seem like a reduction in the number of people who can dive per hour, it is a requirement of Lifesaving Victoria’s regulations that only one person is in the dive pool at a time, and this person must exit the pool before the next person dives. The only way to increase the number of people who can dive per hour within the regulations would be to increase the number of separate diving pools – not the number of dive boards.

What activities will be available for the waterplay area?

The waterplay area will offer a mix of water-based activities, water toys, and themed zones for children and families. The type of activities and toys in this area hasn’t been decided at this stage in the process.

Will there be family change room facilities?

Yes.

Will the proposed design incorporate entrances from both parks and is there potential for indoor/outdoor entrances?

The new centre will establish connections with the reserves broadly, with the main entrance to the centre off the existing car park.

Will the existing hill be retained in the proposed redevelopment?

The existing hill has been retained in the proposed concept design.

What landscaping will be incorporated into the redevelopment? Will existing trees be retained?

The proposed redevelopment has been designed to upgrade the landscaping with planting of additional trees and additional landscape features such as planters. The concept design aims to retain existing trees where possible however, some may be pruned or removed to facilitate better open space for the swim centre’s users. Further detail about landscaping will be developed as part of the next stage in the process – schematic design.

What consideration has been given to the noise generated by the plant room for nearby neighbours?

Earth mounds have been proposed in the concept design, in and around the plant room. The earth will act as acoustic insulation and prevent excessive noise for nearby neighbours.

In the current concept design, will the loading dock and plant room be accessed directly from Lyons Street?

No. The loading dock and plant room will be accessed directly from the reconfigured carpark.

Can the proposed redevelopment incorporate a green roof with landscaping or solar panels for sustainability purposes?

In line with our commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Design, we are exploring opportunities to incorporate sustainable features with the aim to power the entre entirely from renewable energy. Further work is being undertaken to understand what is possible for this centre.

Will the café be open to the public or exclusively for pool users only?

The café will be open to anyone who would like to come into the centre including pool users or people who just want to purchase something from the café. We are also exploring the possibility of a portable coffee pod that can be wheeled out in front of the café at peak times, making it easier for park users or visitors to purchase a coffee and/or snack.

Will more barbeques be made available?

The number of barbeques hasn’t been decided at this stage in the process.

When will works start and when will they be completed?

Early construction work is anticipated to commence in March 2021, these early works will not impact the operating hours of the pool. The new centre is expected to be open by early 2023.

Traffic and parking

What did the recent parking and traffic analysis find?

Council appointed traffic consultants One Mile Grid to collect current traffic and parking data in the local area, and to undertake extensive modelling to predict future changes to local traffic and parking as a result of the new centre. The analysis found future traffic volumes, parking supply and intersection performance will be well within the relevant guidelines and will not create excessive issues. The work of One Mile Grid was peer-reviewed by another traffic consultancy, Traffix, to ensure the methodology and findings were robust and that the community could have confidence in the findings.

Council has also worked closely with the Community Reference Group to understand the day-to-day experience of local residents. The group has identified a number of opportunities to improve local traffic and parking and each suggestion is being considered as part of a local traffic study, by Council’s traffic engineering team.

When did the traffic data collection take place and why were those specific days selected?

Careful consideration was given to when and how traffic and parking data was collected to ensure the best possible data collection was obtained within the everyday limitations of the local area including weather, and local events. The data collection was undertaken during the winter in 2019 and early summer 2019 and late summer 2020. Days and periods of higher demand were selected to obtain an accurate understanding of the current traffic and parking patterns.

Will there be more or less parking once the centre is open?

There will be more parking available in the entire precinct than is currently available now.
The existing number of parking spaces in the Carnegie Swim Centre will be retained in a reconfigured carpark and the Lord Reserve Koornang Park Masterplan proposes additional parking bays in Munro Avenue and Lyons Street. The final Lord Reserve Koornang Park Masterplan is available for the community to review.

Will the redeveloped centre have sufficient parking to accommodate the forecast peak demand for parking?

Yes. The detailed parking projections set out in the report shows that the carpark and nearby precinct parking provides sufficient parking for visitors to the swim centre and other users of the Lord Reserve and Koornang Park precinct in summer and winter.

What public transport will be available to access the centre?

The Traffic Impact Assessment report concludes that the site has excellent public transport access including Glen Huntly and Carnegie train stations, the No.67 tram and a number of bus routes.

Has Council made a decision about closing Moira Avenue yet?

Council has not made a decision about closing Moira Avenue yet and an additional community consultation, which is required as part of legislation, will be conducted in relation to the proposed road closure at a separate time.

Has COVID-19 impacted the project?

To date, the current environment has not had any significant impact on the project progressing. We have appointed a specialist to review our existing business case through a COVID-19 lens to help provide insights into the impact COVID-19 will have on the centre. In the meantime, Council is continuing to work through the design phase with the design team and has regular virtual meetings with the Community Reference Group to help progress and guide the project. Additionally, the traffic and parking analysis concluded on 5 March 2020, therefore has not delayed or affected the results.

Where can I swim when the centre closes?

While the centre is closed for redevelopment, GESAC will be available.

Community information webinar Q&As

The following Q&As were captured during the Community Information Webinar on Monday 3 August 2020. All questions including those that were unanswered during the webinar have been responded to below. Please note, we have only collated specific questions asked and excluded general comments and suggestions made during the session.

About the project

“Could we add 1914-1918 to the left and 1939-1945 to the right [of the Memorial Swimming Pool sign] to record what the pool was a memorial to?”

It is possible to investigate this, we are even looking at the possibility of repurposing the original signage which is located at the front of the pool building. The architectural team will investigate this further in the next phase of design.

“What is the anticipated occupancy of the site? Given that I recall the footprint space is the same, does this change with the inclusion of additional aquatic spaces?”

The occupancy numbers for the site are being finalised as these numbers are based on the types of amenity available and parking provisions.

“Is there a timeline for construction? Will the outdoor pools continue to be open even while the indoor pools are being built?”

Main construction works will commence next financial year with the timeline for construction being roughly two years. Unfortunately, the outdoor 50m pool will not be able to continue to be open while the indoor pools are being built. The community will be encouraged to use GESAC during this time.

“What other projects has CO-OP been involved in and can they share examples of work that’s been completed?”

Council appointed CO-OP Studio to design the redevelopment. CO-OP Studio has proven experience in designing leisure and aquatic centres, multi sports complex and pavilions including Stromlo Leisure Centre, Sunbury Aquatic Centre, La Trobe Sports Park, Peter Mathieson Pavilion and HE Parker Multi Sports Complex. For more information on CO-OP Studio, please visit www.co-opstudio.com.au.

“Can members of the public talk to the Community Reference Group? If so, how?”

Due to confidentially, Council cannot release the names and personal details of Community Reference Group participants. However, all Community Reference Group participants are encouraged to engage in conversations with their neighbours and local community where appropriate.

Masterplan

“Is it anticipated that the current building serving as the Toy Library will be retained?”

Yes.

COVID-19

“What evidence does Council have this is a good value project for the community and the right option [during a time such as COVID-19]?”

Our community is growing, and the redevelopment will broaden the facilities at Carnegie Swim Centre to cater for the additional all year-round demand for aquatic and leisure facilities by providing:

  • More opportunities to improve physical and mental wellbeing, specifically through learn-to-swim and other programs
  • Improved user experience of the facilities
  • Enhanced community feel and connectedness while still enjoying the essential elements which contribute to the current swim centre’s character
  • A more sustainable facility with improved accessibility.

The centre is designed to complement GESAC and also to ease the pressure on GESACs learn to swim and warm water programming as demand has increased significantly due to growth in the municipality.

Council have also appointed a specialist to review our existing business case through a COVID-19 lens to help provide insights into the impact COVID-19 will have on the centre.

Design layout and function

“There is no mention of unisex change rooms, will this minority be excluded from the plan?”

Unisex change facilities are provided in the Learn to Swim Pool Hall, the Warm Water Poll Hall and the Outdoor Change area.

“Will you be installing a hydrotherapy pool?”

Council has a clear focus towards a warm water program rather than a specific licensed hydrotherapy pool, although the water temperatures are somewhat similar.

“How deep is the diving pool? Do you have FINA approved springboards for the divers?”

The diving pool is currently nominated at 3.5m. The diving board specifications will be explored later in the design process.

“Can you please provide the [LSV] regulation for Safe Pool Operations?”

All pool usage is governed by policies, risk assessments and procedures created in conjunction with Life Saving Victoria and are based on the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations issued by Royal Life Saving. Supervision guidelines relating to the dive pool include:

  • 2.1 - Risk assessment is central to establishing a policy on the use and supervision of diving towers and springboards. As part of a risk assessment concerning safer diving, consideration must include all hazards and risks associated with diving.
  • 2.14 - Entry off the tower or spring board should only be allowed when the previous user has exited the pool.
  • 2.17 - Recreational users should only use one board or platform in any one session.
  • 2.21 - Only one person should be on any board or platform at any one time.

“If the indoor warm water pool is 1.6 m deep, isn’t this a bit deep for aqua fitness classes?”

The depth of the indoor warm water pool ranges from 1m to 1.4m and has designed with these types of classes in mind.

“What's the size of the indoor pool? Is the wading pool indoors as I cannot see it outdoors?”

The indoor learn-to-swim pool is 25m by 10m and is 1.6m deep, with a moveable floor and the warm water pool is 25m by 12m and ranges from 1m to 1.4m in depth. Additionally, the splash pad is located outdoors.

“Will an outdoor pool [family play area similar to the current outdoor pool] be included in the design?”

The new centre will include an outdoor splash pad.

“Given the community feedback on this type of outdoor pool [outdoor family pool], why hasn’t this type of pool been included in the design?”

A splash pad offers a fantastic experience for children. Unlike a shallow pool, it can be used by children of all ages and abilities. There are many fantastic examples of splash pads offering a rich, fun and safe experience for kids, and their safety and — access for all children — is our priority.

“Can you confirm there are no plans to provide shade over the 50m pool?”

As we’re currently in the concept design phase, the mix of shading is still being discussed and is yet to be confirmed.

“Can a modern plan be presented with an overlap of the existing footprint of the site?”

The full concept design shows the original footprint and overlap. It is available at https://www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au

“Are we going to see the inside?”

The full concept design shows the layout of the design inside the building.

View the concept design

Photo-real’ images of the inside of the building will be communicated to the community later on in the design development process.

“Do we need consulting rooms, community activities, steam room, sauna, etc.?”

The inclusion of these elements in the redevelopment will see Carnegie Swim Centre become an all-year-round aquatic and leisure facility, with a range of services for a broader section of the community, including proposed indoor pools, spas, saunas and fitness rooms to accommodate the winter months. This will allow the centre to provide programs such as learn-to-swim, and targeted programs to meet specific community health needs, delivering a range of physical and mental health benefits for decades to come.

Design landscaping and sustainability

“Will large trees be planted to ensure privacy is given to residents around the site?”

The proposed redevelopment has been designed to upgrade the landscaping with planting of additional trees and additional landscape features such as planters. The concept design aims to retain existing trees where possible however, further detail about landscaping will be developed as part of the next stage in the process – schematic design.

“Will you be including grass in the flat areas? The plan looks like the grass will only be on the eastern mound. But this is inaccessible to many people with disabilities.”

The existing hill and barbeque areas will be maintained and we’re also trying to incorporate as many green spaces as we can including a number of areas that will be flat. The current design incorporates universal access to all aspects of the facility and as much of the recreational landscape areas as practical.

“What level of new vegetation will be planted alongside the Lyons Street side of the complex, can a detailed plan be produced to demonstrate this?”

The current concept design phase establishes the ‘floor plan’ for the centre and is where we explore options for the size of key spaces, movement through the site, scale and form of buildings, and general layout. At this stage, landscaping is indicative – a concept only.

Once endorsed by Council, the process will move to the schematic design phase, where the selected concept is further refined and finalised and details are added like landscaping and plants.

“Given GE's commitment to renewables and sustainability, could the facility be built to provide for a zero-carbon footprint, particularly given the large amount of roof space?”

A facility like this uses a lot of energy during peak time. From an energy perspective, the design for this facility is going to be about preserving as much energy and maximizing as much solar as possible.

Council has also engaged an Environmentally Sustainable Design consultant to ensure we go above and beyond the minimum standards required. We have a Community Plan commitment that five percent of the project costs will be spent on Environmentally Sustainable Design initiatives. Council is currently investigating a facility which will encompass an all-electric solution which will run completely from renewable energy, incorporating significant onsite solar PV. The new facility will also be designed for climate resilience, low energy operation and water resilience — incorporating significant rainwater harvesting tanks.

The ‘earth berm’ as proposed in the current concept design will also insulate the building, enabling the centre to be much more efficient, providing additional open space for native vegetation to be planted, as well assisting to achieve the low-profile form of the building which is set into the park landscape.

Further work is being undertaken to understand what is possible for this centre.

“Can [cooling sprays to the entrance and carpark within the garden design] please be considered?”

In line with our commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Design, we are exploring opportunities to incorporate sustainable features with the aim to power the centre entirely from renewable energy. Further work is being undertaken to understand what is possible for this centre.

“Can an underground car park be built next to the pool?”

There traffic and parking study indicates there will be more than adequate carparking available at the new centre. It is unlikely an underground carpark could be required as adequate parking will be available.

Traffic and Parking

“On what basis have the 300,000 visitation numbers been determined in the traffic management report?”

The forecast annual visitation numbers of 300,000 was determined business modelling which took into account; future amenities and programming at the redeveloped centre and current Carnegie Swim Centre and GESAC data. This number was then provided to the traffic consultants to undertake their traffic and carparking analysis.

View the Traffic and Parking report 

“The roads are gridlocked most weekends when sport occurs. How is the pool site going to make this better?”

Council appointed traffic consultants One Mile Grid to collect current traffic and parking data in the local area, and to undertake extensive modelling to predict future changes to local traffic and parking as a result of the new centre. The analysis found future traffic volumes, parking supply and intersection performance will be well within the relevant guidelines and will not create excessive issues. The work of One Mile Grid was peer-reviewed by another traffic consultancy, Traffix, to ensure the methodology and findings were robust and that the community could have confidence in the findings.

View the Traffic and Parking report 

“What is the environmental policy/drive to reduce car parking and encourage bikes/ car pooling?”

Council has recently declared a climate emergency with the ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. This will help to guide decision making in regard to the redevelopment.

“Will parking restrictions be added to the surrounding streets, if so, what are they and will residents be granted exemptions?”

It is too early to determine. This will be explored as part of a local area traffic management study which will be undertaken considering the broader area surrounding the precinct.

“What road works/development will take place along the Lyons Street side of the pool, how long will this take and what is the inconvenience to residents? Has consideration been given to the new road that was just finished a few years ago and the significant inconvenience to residents?”

In Council’s adopted Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan there are 125, 90 degree on-street parking bays planned on Lyons Street. These bays are important as they provide additional parking to users of the park and recreational facilities. The timing and duration of these works is yet to be determined but will be carefully scheduled to minimise impact to residents.

“Does all of this suggest surrounding streets become a virtual car park?”

There will be more parking available in the entire precinct than is currently available now.

The existing number of parking spaces in the Carnegie Swim Centre will be retained in a reconfigured carpark and the Lord Reserve Koornang Park Masterplan proposes additional parking bays in Munro Avenue and Lyons Street.

“Indications on the traffic report grossly underestimate current parking requirements of both Carnegie and Glenhuntly Sporting Clubs particularly football and soccer. Also, not accounted for is the changing groups, causing further traffic congestion from 8 till 5 both Saturday and Sunday.”

Careful consideration was given to when and how traffic and parking data was collected to ensure the best possible data collection was obtained within the everyday limitations of the local area including weather, and local events. The data collection was undertaken during the winter in 2019 and early summer 2019 and late summer 2020. Days and periods of higher demand were selected to obtain an accurate understanding of the current traffic and parking patterns. The analysis found future traffic volumes, parking supply and intersection performance will be well within the relevant guidelines and will not create excessive issues.

“Is Moira Ave to be permanently closed as this will greatly affect traffic flow.”

Council has not made a decision about closing Moira Avenue yet and an additional community consultation, which is required as part of legislation, will be conducted in relation to the proposed road closure at a separate time.

Additionally, Council appointed traffic consultants One Mile Grid to collect current traffic and parking data in the local area, and to undertake extensive modelling to predict future changes to local traffic and parking as a result of the new centre. The analysis found future traffic volumes, parking supply and intersection performance will be well within the relevant guidelines and will not create excessive issues. The work of One Mile Grid was peer-reviewed by another traffic consultancy, Traffix, to ensure the methodology and findings were robust and that the community could have confidence in the findings. The final Lord Reserve Koornang Park Masterplan is available for the community to review at https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/

“How would closing Moira Ave facilitate the walking track when cars will be entering the pool carpark presumable from both Lyons and Munro?”

Council has not made a decision about closing Moira Avenue yet and an additional community consultation, which is required as part of legislation, will be conducted in relation to the proposed road closure at a separate time.

“If Moira avenue is not closed, will this impact the number of car parks at the swim centre or the cricket pitch on Lords reserve?”

Council has not made a decision about closing Moira Avenue yet and an additional community consultation, which is required as part of legislation, will be conducted in relation to the proposed road closure at a separate time.

“Glenhuntly Road and Mimosa Road corner does not allow access due to the Road divider. Will this still be the case? And a similar situation exists on the corner of Koornang and Lyon Street. Will this still be the case?”

A local area traffic management study will be undertaken considering the broader area surrounding the precinct to understand traffic flow issues and possible treatments.

“Parking pays little attention to buses for both swimming lessons, sports training in parks, school swimming carnivals. These carnivals can have up to 23 or more bus movements coming and going. Many of these Park for all or part of the day before again going along Munro Ave.”

Access for buses will be considered in the next stages of design development.

Operations

“Will there be an affordable resident membership?”

The pricing structure and model is yet to be decided. One of the focuses for all Glen Eira Leisure facilities is to provide value for the community and there will be a range of different and flexible membership types on offer.

“Given the importance of maximising access, what will the prices at the new facility be based on and as an example what will the price for ‘learn-to-swim’ be? Will it be the same as GESAC?”

The pricing structure and model for this site hasn’t been decided yet. One of the focuses for all Glen Eira Leisure facilities is to provide value for the community and there will be a range of different and flexible membership types on offer

“What will the hours of operation be throughout the year and is it 364 days a year?”

No decision has been made yet, but the operational model is something we will consider further towards the new centre opening.

“Is the intention to operate the facility (in particular the outdoor 50m pool) all year round?”

The redevelopment will see Carnegie Swim Centre become an all-year-round aquatic and leisure facility, with a range of services for a broader section of the community, including proposed indoor pools, spas, saunas and fitness rooms to accommodate the winter months. This will allow the centre to provide programs such as learn-to-swim, and targeted programs to meet specific community health needs, delivering a range of physical and mental health benefits for decades to come.

“Surely Council has a Business Case with detail [pending hours and pricing], if not why?”

Details from the business case review will be made available in the Ordinary Council Meeting agenda for the meeting on 1 September 2020. The exact pricing structure and model for this site hasn’t been decided yet but this is something we will consider further towards the new centre opening.

“What sort of consultancy offices are envisaged?”

The tenants are yet to be established however, the two rooms can be used for Allied Health services including physiotherapy or other operators that might use the indoor program rooms.

“Will swimming lessons be offered?”

The new centre will include programs such as learn-to-swim, there is a huge demand for these programs in our community with waiting lists at GESAC.

“Will bike secure facilities be ample and secure?”

Yes

“What consideration has there been to ensure that patrons using the pool can do so safely while also having a quicker use of the boards?”

All pool usage is governed by policies, risk assessments and procedures created in conjunction with Life Saving Victoria and are based on the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations issued by Royal Life Saving. Our aim is to be as efficient as possible to allow for a great experience whilst maintaining the safest possible operation.

“What will be done in relation to this [fencing to secure the site]?”

The fencing to the perimeter of the site will be replaced with new fencing that meets the safety and security requirements of the site but will also be designed to encourage a high degree of visibility across the site.

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