Site chosen for north Bellarine pool

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

The Drysdale Sporting Precinct has been chosen as the site for a new 50-metre pool on the north Bellarine, bringing the planned facility a step closer after the federal government’s $10 million commitment in 2019.

During their meeting on Tuesday night councillors considered two potential locations for the pool, both in Drysdale: the sporting precinct on Grubb Road and the City of Greater Geelong depot on Collins Street.

In line with the findings of a detailed assessment of the two sites and community consultation, the Council unanimously voted for the sporting precinct.

The assessment rated the sporting precinct as the preferred site based on its:

  • Accessibility to the north Bellarine community by car, public transport and on foot;
  • Integration with the local area, including local schools, other community facilities and the surrounding landscape; and
  • Long-term financial and social sustainability, including the potential for the facility to become more fully integrated in the future.

A Council-funded independent scoping study earlier this year confirmed a need for a new pool on the north Bellarine, finding that residents in the area had lesser access to aquatic facilities than those in other parts of Greater Geelong.

It’s proposed the centre will feature a 50-metre pool, multipurpose spaces, change facilities and a pavilion.

The Council has allocated $750,000 towards the facility in its 2020-21 budget, adding to the $10 million commitment from the federal government.

Work on detailed designs and costings will now begin.

Mayor Stephanie Asher:

In choosing the Drysdale Sporting Precinct as the location for the new 50-metre pool, the Council has taken a huge step towards delivering this long-awaited facility for the Bellarine community.

The sporting precinct emerged as the clear choice given it’s so accessible from all towns on the north Bellarine, as well as to residents coming up Grubb Road from the south.

The facility will complement the other sporting facilities at the precinct, and it’ll be readily accessible to the three neighbouring schools. It’ll fit comfortably on the site, with room to expand in the future should further funding become available.

We thank the federal government, the North Bellarine Pool Advocacy Group and all members of the community who have provided their feedback and supported this project so far.

Councillor Trent Sullivan, Bellarine ward:

This has been a long time coming for the north Bellarine community. I’m proud to be part of a Council that has committed $750,000 in this year’s budget for this important facility, adding to the federal government’s major $10 million commitment.

The location we’ve chosen is the best point for all northern Bellarine residents to access within a 10-minute drive. The progress of this project is an example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together in support of their community.

Senator Sarah Henderson:

I am delighted that in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong, the Morrison Government is taking this next vital step to delivering a 50 metre pool facility for the Bellarine backed by its $10 million funding commitment.

The Drysdale Sporting Precinct is not only centrally located but will be a great asset to nearby schools.

I thank Mayor Stephanie Asher and councillors for their wonderful support.

I am also very pleased that council will make provision in its planning for a future Stage 2 indoor pool facility which is also vitally important.


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