Pool reaches major milestone

Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan, left, Anne Brackley, Darryl Beales, Member for Corangamite Libby Coker, Gina Bell, Member for Bellarine Alison Marchant, Les Littleford, Wayne Pick, Meredith Boardman, and Lee Knight. (Supplied)

The North Bellarine Aquatic Centre has reached a significant milestone, with work on stage two of the design to begin soon.

The $40.3 million indoor pool project in Drysdale was endorsed by the City of Greater Geelong Council last year to begin the design process, with construction expected to start next year.

The stage two concept design included an eight-lane, 25-metre pool, a warm water pool, a cafe, a social space, a gymnasium, a group exercise studio/s, and a changing places changeroom.

Federal Member for Corangamite Libby Coker said the project aimed to enhance the community’s health, wellbeing and social cohesion.

“The increased accessibility and convenience will encourage a higher number of local residents to participate in healthy activity,” she said.

“I am proud to support our communities on the north Bellarine who fought hard for an indoor pool, and this announcement marks a significant milestone in fulfilling their vision.

“These facilities will provide much-needed services and access for older people, people with a disability, those with mobility issues and people undertaking rehabilitation from major injuries.”

Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan said stage one of the project featured the delivery of a 50-metre heated outdoor pool, with the facility expected to be open in 2027.

“The 50-metre outdoor pool built as stage one has been a stunning success, and the community is now looking forward with great anticipation to the indoor component being added,” he said.

“Stage two will broaden the use of the aquatic centre and ensure community members on the north Bellarine never have to travel outside their local area to access aquatic facilities they need.”

The project was supported with $20 million from the federal government, $20 million from the state government, and $300,000 from the City of Greater Geelong Council.