Important update - 22 December 2023

It has come to our attention that one of the options in the survey did not reflect the name released by our Council for community feedback.

The four options we are seeking feedback on are:

  • Norlane ARC (Aquatic Recreation Centre)
  • Norlane ARC (Aquatic Recreation Complex)
  • Aquatic Centre of Norlane (ACON); and
  • Aquatic Complex of Norlane (ACON).
  • The survey mistakenly had ‘Northern ARC (Aquatic Recreation Centre)’ instead of ‘Norlane ARC (Aquatic Recreation Centre)’.

    Northern ARC does not meet the naming rules under the Geographic Place Names Act 1998 (Vic) for the new venue and was never intended to be put forward as an option for this reason.

    The survey has now been updated, replacing ‘Northern’ with ‘Norlane’.

    If you have previously completed the survey and Northern ARC was your first choice, we encourage you to vote again with your preferred option. All responses will be noted in the engagement summary, pre and post the alterteration.

    We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.



    The City of Greater Geelong is inviting the community to help choose a new name for the soon-to-be-completed Northern Aquatic and Community Hub (NACH) in Norlane.

    The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub (working project name) is an exciting new facility in Norlane, and it’s almost ready to open.

    We’re now looking for the community’s help to choose a permanent name.

    Our Council has released four potential names for your feedback:

    • Norlane ARC (Aquatic Recreation Centre);
    • Norlane ARC (Aquatic Recreation Complex);
    • Aquatic Centre of Norlane (ACON); and
    • Aquatic Complex of Norlane (ACON).

    The names were shortlisted during workshops with members of the NACH Community Liaison Reference Group, which has been meeting regularly with City staff throughout the build.

    The reference group expressed a preference for a name that highlights both the area and the nature of activities to be hosted within the facility.

    Northern Aquatic and Community Hub has been the working title for the facility, but does not meet the naming rules under the Geographic Place Names Act 1998 (Vic).

    Northern Aquatic and Community Hub will continue to be the working name for the facility until the official name is finalised.

    Each of the proposed names meet the requirements of the Act.

    You can vote for your preferred option further down this page.

    Upcoming Opening

    The $65.6 million facility is on track to open to the public in February 2024, with an announcement of an exact opening date to be made in the coming weeks.

    Kane Constructions is on schedule to finish on site prior to Christmas and hand the building over to the City’s Swim, Sport and Leisure team to prepare for opening.

    Opening preparations, which are well underway, include recruitment, induction and training of around 250 employees, installation of health club and other equipment, and securing providers for the on-site café and health consulting suites.

    The hub features:

    • Lap pool, waterplay area and waterslides;
    • Warm water pool, spa and steam room;
    • Learn to swim pool;
    • Mezzanine level gym overlooking the aquatic facilities;
    • Large multi-purpose community performance hall;
    • Childcare facilities;
    • Health consulting suites; and
    • Extensive landscaped outdoor public open space areas.
    Funded by the Council ($48.84 million), Victorian Government ($8.5 million) and Australian Government ($8.26 million), the hub replaces the former Waterworld and Centenary Hall facilities on the corner of Cox Road and the Princes Highway.

    Have Your Say

    Feedback has now closed.

    The feedback period is open from Wednesday 13 December 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024.

    Following consultation, a recommendation will be presented to the Council for endorsement before being submitted to Geographic Names Victoria for approval.

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