The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub is set to be powered by renewable energy, slashing
carbon emissions and delivering substantial operational savings.
The Council has
included a $4 million allocation in its Proposed 2022-23 Budget to convert the
Norlane hub site from gas to electricity.
aquatic facilities in Waterworld are run on gas.
electricity in the new Northern Aquatic and Community Hub – allowing it to be
powered by wind energy - would deliver an estimated $150,000 per year in operational
It would also cut
emissions by about 1700 tonnes per year, and help the new facility achieve a 5
Star (Australian Excellence) Green Star rating.
reduction is equivalent to the annual energy use of more than 300 Victorian
Climate Change Response Plan 2021-2030, Council is committed to transitioning away
from gas, to help meet its ultimate zero emissions target.
As part of this
zero-carbon plan, Council last year partnered with 45 other Victorian
municipalities to join the largest-ever emissions reduction project by local government in Australia.
Known as the
Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO), it provides the councils with 100 per
cent renewable energy until the end of 2030.
Portfolio Chair, Councillor Anthony Aitken, said the continued take-up of
renewable energy would improve the efficiency of Council’s buildings and
additional $4m investment, announced in the proposed budget, reflects how
rapidly technology is changing from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables, and
Council’s commitment to be a zero-carbon community as quickly as possible.
the new Northern Aquatic and Community Hub with electricity instead of gas, we
can take full advantage of the wind energy we’ve secured as part of the VECO
agreement. This will
rapidly reduce our carbon emissions and substantially cut the power bills for
Aquatic and Community Hub is being delivered by the City of Greater Geelong, in
partnership with the Victorian and Australian governments.
It will be a
vibrant space for leisure and recreation activities, cultural and health
programs, and community events, featuring:
- 1000 square metres of multi-purpose community space
- A 25-metre pool, hydrotherapy pool, Learn to Swim pool, water play area and waterslide
- Spa, sauna, and steam room
- A centrally located café
- A gymnasium, program rooms and occasional care facilities
- Consulting suites; and
- Expanded car parking spaces, landscaping, and aesthetic improvements to Corio Library.
information on this and other funding initiatives in the Proposed 2022-23 Budget
can be viewed here
encouraged and will be received until Tuesday 24 May.