Northern Aquatic and Community Hub officially opens

February 9, 2024 BY

The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub was officially opened today by (L-R) Cr Belinda Moloney, Cr Sarah Hathway, Geelong deputy mayor Anthony Aitken, Lara MP Ella George, Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan, Cr Peter Murrihy and Cr Ron Nelson. Photo: ANGUS SMITH

THE Northern Aquatic and Community Hub in Norlane opened its doors today (Friday, February 9), marking a significant milestone for the community.

 Starting from 19 February, the hub will be fully operational, with Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan, Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, and other dignitaries participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $65.6 million facility, funded by the City of Greater Geelong, Victorian government, and federal government, replaces the old Waterworld and Centenary Hall.

It boasts a range of features including a lap pool, water play area, warm water pool, and more, aimed at promoting health and wellness in the community.

Cr Sullivan said the facility and been the council’s number one advocacy priority for several years.

 “After so much effort by many people, it is amazing to see the hub finished and looking incredible.

 “We can’t wait to open the doors to the public on February 19 and I’m certain the community is going to enjoy this facility for many, many years to come.”

Mr Marles –  Deputy Prime Minister and Corio federal member – said the hub was significant for community health and wellbeing. 

“It is great to see the collaboration of all three tiers of government to enable this project to become a reality and be enjoyed by all,” Mr Marles said. 

Memberships are now available, and a free community open day is scheduled for 3 March.

 The construction, completed by Kane Constructions, provided jobs for more than 1,000 workers, with many contracts awarded to local Geelong companies.

 The hub is expected to create around 250 jobs, offering a mix of full-time, part-time, and casual positions.

Lara MP Ella George praised the facility as a game-changer for the community. 

“Facilities like this are so important for local communities,” she said.

The hub’s name is under review, with a permanent name to be decided following public consultation.