In April 2019 we received a $10 million commitment from the Commonwealth government to fund a new swimming centre for the north Bellarine area.
The proposed centre is committed to feature the following facilities:
- 50-metre pool
- multipurpose spaces
- change facilities
In 2019/20 Council allocated $150,000 for a detailed project scoping study, which was completed in March 2020.
The study confirmed the need for this centre to cater to the growing community living on the north Bellarine, finding that five of the towns and suburbs located in the northern Bellarine area were not within reasonable distance of a swimming pool. The study also included preliminary concept planning and a high-level review of potential sites.
The high-level review identified two potential sites and we are now working through a detailed assessment process to determine the most appropriate site. This assessment requires the final site to meet a range of criteria related to accessibility, sustainability and integration with the surrounding area.
The high-level review identified two sites for the centre: -
- our Drysdale maintenance depot site on Collins Street,
- our Drysdale Sporting Precinct at the intersection of Grubb Road and new Drysdale Bypass.
See the birds-eye-view concepts of what each site could look like below.
Previous community feedback
Community consultation undertaken in the development of the draft City of Greater Geelong Social Infrastructure Policy (2018) under the Our Community Places and Spaces Engagement process, and liaison with the Northern Bellarine Pool Advocacy Group has provided insight into the level of demand for improved aquatic provision on the Bellarine Peninsula.
TWO POTENTIAL SITES - DRYSDALE
Drysdale Depot Site - Collins Street, Drysdale
Drysdale Regional Sports Precinct - Intersection of Grubb Road and the new Drysdale Bypass.