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.
Federal Government support will help Council to deliver the social, environmental, and economic benefits that the pool will provide to our community. The project itself is likely to generate more 100 jobs during the construction phase with 30 new ongoing jobs once the facility is open.
When is the project due to commence?
While the concept designs are complete, the project is currently delayed pending the outcome of a heritage nomination assessment by Heritage Victoria which is likely to be finalised by late 2022.
Pending the outcome of that decision, the project could commence in late 2022 and be completed in 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:
- Writing to your federal member of parliament or federal candidate.
- Mentioning the pool if you are contacted by a local member or election candidate.
- Commenting on our social media posts about the project.
- Sharing your own stories about the pool and tagging #yourpoolforlife.