GEELONG deputy mayor Trent Sullivan says the release of the stage one tender to construct the 50-metre, eight-lane outdoor pool is a significant milestone for the $15 million Northern Bellarine Aquatic Centre project.
“We’ve listened to a range of suggestions from the local community and have refined the designs while working to meet the requirements of the funding agreement with the Australian Government,” Cr Sullivan said.
“For too long the Bellarine community has had less access to aquatic facilities than other areas of Greater Geelong, so we want to get on construction underway as soon as possible,” he said.
“We expect construction to start next year and we’re looking forward to delivering a modern aquatic facility that will be a place to exercise, be healthy, and have fun.”
The design features all abilities change facilities, an entry pavilion, a kiosk, tiered covered seating, a landscaped community lawn area, and carparking for 60 cars.
“We know our summers can be very hot so the city will install shade structures and plant more than 100 trees to provide sun protection for spectators,” Cr Sullivan said.
The pool depth will range from 1.1 metres to 1.8 metres, which complies with FINA (International Swimming Federation) and Swimming Australia standards.
This depth is suitable for family use, learn-to-swim classes, water exercise classes, and local and school carnivals.
“The pool will be heated all-year-round so residents can keep swimming during the cooler months, while we keep working to secure funding to construct an indoor pool,” Cr Sullivan said.