APRIL 2022 UPDATE
A planning permit has been issued for the long-awaited 50-metre outdoor pool at the Drysdale Sports Precinct, paving the way for construction work to start this month.
The planning approval for the stage one $15.5 million outdoor facility comes as the City releases community feedback on its illustrative plans for a complementary indoor aquatic and leisure centre to be delivered in stage two.
The City is working to secure $45 million in joint funding from the Victorian and Australian governments to deliver the stage two indoor facility.
Community feedback on the indicative plans for stage two was conducted over almost eight weeks from November 2021 to January 2022 and now the Engagement Summary Report is available.
Please see full update in Updates and the Report in the Document Library on this page.
JANUARY 2022 UPDATE
Feedback on the indicative plan for a complementary stage 2 indoor aquatic and leisure centre closed on Tuesday 4 January. We are currently reviewing all feedback received and will post an engagement findings report here in the coming weeks. To stay up to date with this project, please click on the +Follow blue button at the top of the page.
DECEMBER 2021 UPDATE
At the 14 December Council meeting, the City of Greater Geelong Councillors awarded Kane Constructions Pty Ltd the contract to construct stage 1 of the North Bellarine Aquatic and Leisure Centre, with work on the $15.5 million project getting underway in the New Year.
The North Bellarine Aquatic and Leisure Centre is a staged project beginning with the delivery of the $15.5 million outdoor 50-metre pool jointly funded by the Australian Government and the City of Greater Geelong.
The design of the stage 1 outdoor facility incorporated community feedback and was completed by Mantric Architecture in September 2021. It features an eight lane 50-metre outdoor heated pool, all abilities change facilities, an entry pavilion, a kiosk, tiered covered seating, a landscaped community lawn area with umbrellas, more than 100 trees, and parking for 60 cars.
Community members are encouraged provide feedback on the proposal for a complementary indoor facility to be delivered in stage 2. We've extended public feedback until Tuesday 4 January 2022 to allow as many people as possible to have their say.
The City of Greater Geelong, in partnership with the Australian Government, is delivering a new 50-metre outdoor heated pool at the Drysdale Sporting Precinct under stage 1 of the North Bellarine Aquatic Centre.
We’re now seeking community feedback on the indicative plan for a complementary indoor aquatic and leisure centre to advocate for funding in stage 2.
These plans are illustrative only and will be subject to feedback from the community, what funding is received and further business case development.
The illustrative plans for the stage 2 indoor aquatic and leisure centre facility will need $45 million in funding from the Victorian and Australian Governments. The feedback you provide will be used to develop concept plans to advocate for funding support.
A new 50-metre outdoor heated pool is being delivered through $15.5 million in joint funding from the City of Greater Geelong and the Australian Government.
The City has a legally binding $10
million funding agreement with the Australian Government specifically to
deliver the 50-metre outdoor pool.
Council awarded the tender in December 2021 and construction work is due to start next year.
The proposed concept plans for the outdoor pool that were endorsed by Council in April 2021 allow for the project to be delivered in stages, including a complementary indoor facility.
This follows an independent study in March 2020 that found communities such as Drysdale, Curlewis, Portarlington, St Leonards and Indented Head have lesser access to aquatic facilities than those elsewhere in Greater Geelong.
Delivering an aquatic facility for the North Bellarine has been a priority of the Bellarine Councillors since 2017 and the City funded the independent study.
Health and wellbeing benefits - the proposed Wellness Centre
The proposed indoor facilities in stage 2 feature a spa, sauna and steam room would particularly support the health and wellbeing of senior residents and people with disabilities. This service is not available at the indoor centre in Ocean Grove.
The gymnasium and group fitness rooms promote health and fitness while also generating income for the centre. Families with young children would be able to access indoor water play facilities locally rather than travelling 10km to the indoor centre in Ocean Grove.
The warm water exercise pool would set a regional standard for gentle exercise and rehabilitation, while a new learn to swim pool would be used by adults and children of all abilities
The café would provide a community socialising and gathering space for up to 30 people.
Have your say
We’re now seeking community feedback on initial plans for a complementary indoor aquatic and leisure centre to be delivered in stage 2. This could include:
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK
This engagement closed on 4 January 2022.
We're inviting community feedback to help us shape the designs for the proposed stage 2 indoor aquatic and leisure centre.
The indicative plans we have developed are based on submissions made by the community to Council in April 2021 and further consultation with the North Bellarine Aquatic Centre Advocacy Group.
Complete the short survey below to tell us what you want to see in the proposed indoor aquatic and leisure centre.
Consultation opened on Thursday 11 November and closes at 5pm on Tuesday 4 January 2022 (extended from the 19 December 2021).
Previous community engagement:
- 2021 - 2020: Ongoing dialogue with the Northern Bellarine Aquatic Centre Advocacy Group
- 2020 Between July - August: we asked for community feedback on two proposed locations
- 2018: 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 Aquatic Centre Advocacy Group has provided insight into the level of demand for improved aquatic provision on the Bellarine Peninsula.
STAGE 2 INDICATIVE PLANS