Rebuilding a community icon #yourpoolforlife

Let’s work together to make Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool a reality.

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A contemporary design which honours the past

Following consultation with the community, a state-of-the-art design for the new aquatic and leisure facility has been developed. During consultation in 2020–21 residents told us they wanted a modern, sustainable and inclusive facility which honours the local significance of the pool and upholds a strong sense of nostalgia. 

What will the redeveloped facility feature?

The new year-round aquatic and leisure facility will be one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable pools in the world. It will be designed and constructed to a 6 Star Green Star rating with climate resilience, low energy operations and maximum water efficiency.
The new facility will include:

  • indoor and outdoor pools
  • an outdoor diving pool
  • learn-to-swim programs, a therapeutic warmwater pool and numerous allied health services
  • a café, barbecue, and shaded seating areas
  • allied health treatment rooms
  • program rooms for classes such as yoga and Pilates
  • retention of design references to the past such as the post-war style signage, the red brick and retaining the eastern hill.

What happens next?

The projected cost of building the new facility is estimated to be $52m. Council is fully committed to delivering the project but would benefit significantly from receiving financial support from the Federal Government to make the new facility a reality.

We are calling on the Federal Government to partner with us and contribute $10 million to funding this iconic project which will deliver significant benefits to our community for years to come.

Council was successful in securing an election commitment of $15m as part of the recent Federal election and are now seeking a $10m commitment from the Victorian Government during the 2022 State election campaign.

When is the project due to commence?

On 11 August the Heritage Council dismissed the appeal for the Pool to be added to the Victorian Heritage Register, but advised the site meets the requirement for local heritage significance, which is consistent with Council’s findings and has been incorporated as part of the design. Therefore, after being on hold for almost 12 months, the project can now proceed.

Council has finalised the detailed plans in readiness for tender, and undertaken a further review of the business case and completed an Expression of Interest process to test interest from the market regarding attracting a suitable, qualified builder. As a result, we will commence our Request for Tender (RFT) process, which aims to appoint a builder in late 2022, start construction early in 2023 and open the centre in late 2024.

What can you do to help?

We need your support to spread the word about how important this project is to our community and make it a priority during the upcoming federal election campaign.

You can do simple things to raise awareness such as:

Artist rendering of Carnegie Swim Centre showing a boy jumping off a diving board into the pool
The dive pool
Artist rendering of Carnegie Swim Centre showing people gathering under shade structures enjoying the waterplay area nad having a BBQ
The splash-pad, water play and shaded relaxation areas
Artist rendering of Carnegie Swim Centre showing swim lanes shaded by a sail cloth
Shaded swim lanes
Artist rendering of Carnegie Swim Centre showing the contemporary red brick, timber and concrete facade with a grassy hill of native flowers and shrubs
View of the front elevation showing entrance and native landscaping