Plans for new aquatic and leisure centre streaking ahead

Published on 02 May 2023

Three people with goggles swimming underwater.

Plans for Kingston’s highly anticipated new aquatic and leisure centre are firming up, with the business case now finalised and concept plans underway after Council committed to a fully electric, accessible, and sustainable centre.

Kingston Mayor Hadi Saab said the business case builds on fantastic community feedback and the very valuable work being undertaken by the community reference group.

“We are proud to be investing significantly to boost the health and wellbeing of our community, increase water safety and build strong community connections,” Cr Saab said.

The business case, prepared by external consultants, confirms construction of the centre is expected to cost $79.2 million, which includes a $20 million commitment to the project from the Australian Government. 

Key elements of the indoor centre include:

  • Four pools: multi-purpose lap swimming pool (50m), learn to swim pool, warm water exercise pool, and leisure pool
  • Gym and fitness facilities
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Café
  • Required ancillary services such as foyer, car parking, change rooms, etc

Cr Saab said this is the biggest infrastructure project in Council’s history and represents a major investment in the long-term health, wellbeing, and aquatic education of our community. “We can’t deliver a project of this size without generous support from the Australian Government, and we would be thrilled to also receive funding from the Victorian Government,” Cr Saab said.

“We have consistently heard from our residents how important variety, accessibility and sustainability are in the design of the new centre. We are proud the new centre will be fully electric to reduce emissions and will be accessible and welcoming to people of all abilities.”

Draft concept plans for the new centre will be released for further community feedback in coming months.

Construction of a new aquatic and leisure facility was a key recommendation in Council’s Aquatic Facility Plan, which followed the closure of Don Tatnell Leisure Centre in 2020 due to major structural issues. The new centre will be built next to Jack Grut Reserve on Governor Road in Mordialloc.

Find out more on the project


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