Carnegie Swim Centre Redevelopment

Carnegie Swim Centre is a much-loved part of Glen Eira where many memories have been made for more than 50 years. The buildings and pools are now at the end of their serviceable life and need to be replaced.

Our community is growing and we need to broaden the facilities at Carnegie Swim Centre to cater for the additional demand for aquatic and leisure facilities. In doing so, we intend to retain the essential elements of Carnegie Swim Centre, as we know that is important.

The concept plans for Carnegie Swim Centre include a mix of indoor and outdoor pools and activities. The intent is to retain the local pool characteristics as requested in previous community feedback.

The redevelopment will see the Centre become an all-year-round leisure facility, with a range of services for a broader section of the community. This will enable us 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.

The proposed redeveloped Centre will remain located at the current site as outlined in the Lord Reserve and Koornang Masterplan and images of what the Centre could look like have been prepared by an architect. Grassed areas (including retention of the ‘eastern mound’), open spaces and local feel will be an important element of the redeveloped Centre. Outdoor multi-sports courts are also included in the Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan.

A redeveloped Centre will improve the general experience for users, support opportunities to enhance community feel and connectedness, and will ensure that the Centre remains environmentally sustainable. We previously consulted with the community to understand what was important in any redevelopment of the Centre.

The feedback received helped inform these concept designs and will be used to inform designs in the future.

The project timing is not confirmed and depends on which design option the Council endorses. If Option A or Option B is endorsed, final designs will be confirmed in late 2020, construction will begin 2021–2022 and the project is estimated to be completed in 2023.

Concept designs

We are undertaking consultation on the redevelopment options for the Carnegie Swim Centre. Three options are being proposed and we want to find out which option the community prefers.

Option A and B will both have redeveloped indoor and outdoor pools.

  • Option A — will include beach volleyball but excludes a diving pool.
  • Option B — will include an outdoor diving pool but excludes beach volleyball.
  • Option C — close existing Swim Centre, re-establish open space and investigate options to extend GESAC.

We want to hear from you

You can find out more detail on the plans, see concept design images for each option, and fill in a short survey on which option you would prefer.

Consultation closes on Friday 31 January 2020 and the community consultation report will be published on the Council’s Have your Say online forum in early 2020.

For further information, contact Council’s project management office on 9524 3333, email projects@gleneira.vic.gov.au

FAQs

Why is Council planning these redevelopment works and why can’t we leave the swim centre as is?

The primary reason Council is planning these works is due to the fact that the pools and the building at Carnegie Swim Centre are now at the end of their serviceable life and need to be replaced with new plant and equipment.
In addition, our community is growing, and we need to broaden the facilities at Carnegie Swim Centre to cater for the additional all year round demand for aquatic and leisure facilities. GESAC is also currently the only indoor aquatic facility in the entire municipality, and it is at capacity. Children are on waiting lists for swimming classes and access to the warm water pool is often difficult.

What is Council consulting the community on?

We have previously consulted the community to understand what is important in the redevelopment of the centre. We heard that people love the community vibe and nostalgic feel of the Centre, and wish for this to be retained. We are now seeking community feedback on the redevelopment options for the Carnegie Swim Centre. Community feedback from previous consultations has been used to inform the current redevelopment options.

Three options are being proposed, and we want to find out which option the community prefers:

  • Option A – Redeveloped Swim Centre with indoor and outdoor pools and beach volleyball.
  • Option B – Redeveloped Swim Centre with indoor and outdoor pools and an outdoor diving pool.
  • Option C – Close existing Centre, re-establish open space and investigate options to extend Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC).

If Council builds a new swim centre in Carnegie, what will it contain?

It is proposed the new centre will contain the following:

  • Outdoor 50m x 8m lane pool
  • Indoor warm water program pool and 25 metre learn-to-swim pool
  • Indoor saunas and accessible change rooms
  • Group fitness 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

Option A includes beach volleyball but excludes an outdoor diving pool. Option B includes an outdoor diving pool but excludes beach volleyball. A traditional gymnasium is not included in either option.

If Council builds a new swim centre in Carnegie, what kind of benefits could the community expect?

  • 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

What will be the scale and size of this redevelopment?

The proposed redeveloped swim centre will sit on the existing building footprint, as pictured in the artist’s impression of the design options and as outlined in the Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan. It is intended that the character and local charm of the current facility will remain in the new development. Grassed areas (including retention of the ‘eastern mound’) and open spaces will be an essential element of the redeveloped Centre. The intention is not to create another centre the equivalent size and scale of Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC).

Will there be an increase in traffic as a result of this redevelopment?

The traffic modelling being undertaken will evaluate whether there is an increase in traffic during each season and at peak use times. Council’s parking strategy for Carnegie Swim Centre and the entire Lord Reserve and Koornang Park precinct will be informed by this analysis. At this stage, the winter season data has been collected and the impact on traffic in relation to the developed centre will be known in November. A collection of summer season data will also be undertaken and will be available to the community during the consultation period (ending January 2020).

Will any car parking be lost in this redevelopment?

Council has engaged an external traffic engineer to undertake an evaluation of the parking requirements and council will be making further decisions on parking for the entire Lord Reserve and Koornang Park precinct under the Masterplan process. This will then determine the final parking arrangements for the Carnegie Swim Centre.

Is Moira Avenue being closed?

In June 2019, Council resolved that statutory procedures be commenced including a community consultation process to discontinue the section of Moira Avenue, as shown in the Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan. This section of the road is adjacent to the Carnegie Swim Centre. The traffic study currently being undertaken includes conducting analysis of the influence of this planned closure on traffic movements in local streets. A separate community consultation will be conducted in relation to the proposed road closure once traffic impact is known.

Will any trees be removed?

The redevelopment will include an extensive landscaping upgrade and additional planting of trees. In the process of the landscaping upgrade, some trees may be pruned or removed to facilitate better open space for the Swim Centre’s users. There will also be an overall increase in the number of trees associated with the Centre.

What is happening to the Toy Library?

Following Council’s adoption of the Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan in June 2019, the Caulfield Community Toy Library will remain in the current location at 12 Munro Avenue, Carnegie. Officers will engage with the Toy Library committee in the implementation of the Masterplan to determine any impacts on service.

How do you apply for the Community Reference Group?

Council is looking to appoint a Community Reference Group (CRG) for the Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan Implementation which includes the Carnegie Swim Centre. The CRG will provide input into the planning, detailed design and implementation of the Masterplan projects. The Expression of Interest process will open on 1 October and close on 31 October 2019.

When will the community consultation occur?

From Thursday 17 October 2019 to 31 January 2020, we are undertaking community consultation on the options for the redevelopment of the Swim Centre.

How can I have my say?

We want to hear from you. Just head to https://www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au where you can find out more detail on the plans, see the artist’s impression of the redevelopment options, and fill in the short survey on which option you would prefer. After the consultation closes, a Council report will be published.