Bass Coast,

Council adopts master plan for aquatic centre


Bass Coast Shire Council has determined the design for the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre redevelopment with the adoption of the Bass Coast Aquatic Leisure Centre Master Plan at tonight’s meeting.

After consulting with the community and other stakeholders, Council has completed the detailed design for the Centre in Wonthaggi, with the first three stages of the development estimated to cost $21.6 million.

The plans developed by M L Design enable the project to be undertaken in stages, with the first stage, estimated at $15.55 million, able to be constructed while the current pool continues to operate.

Plans for the first stage of the redevelopment include two pools – a 25 metre, eight-lane pool and a 20 metre warm water pool – as well as a water play area. Also included in the first stage would be a café, crèche and new change rooms.

The second stage comprises the extension of the current pool hall to the north, enabling the construction of a two court, multi-use stadium suitable for sports including basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton.

The third stage is the development of an expanded health club and gym area.

The plans for development of the two court stadium also allow for the future development of additional courts to the west in a fourth stage.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the the strong link between active and healthy lifestyles means aquatic and fitness activities are a large part of people’s activity choices.

“The total water space planned is for 850 square metres – more than double the current 400 – and the new pools have been designed to be fully accessible with ramps and a zero depth water play area to provide a range of water activities to suit people of all ages and abilities,” Cr Brown said.

“The Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy 2015 -2024 does recognise there is no provision in Securing Bass Coast’s Future – Long Term Financial Plan 2015-2025 for any major aquatic facility development prior to 2020.

“With the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre Master Plan completed, however, Council is now in a position to seek funding should the opportunity arise.”

Council also considered the Phillip Island Aquatic Working Group Report at the meeting and endorsed the Group’s preferred selection of the Cowes Activity Centre Plan site for the development of an aquatic centre.

“Council will now undertake a more detailed investigation of the site to determine if the site is suited for the development of aquatic facilities,” Cr Brown said.

“The development of a concept plan for the site can now also begin, with $120,000 dedicated to this plan in the 2015/16 Budget.”