Whittlesea Swim Centre is set to receive an overhaul with plans for an all-abilities play zone with water play features and an all-abilities accessible pool pod, with ramp and para-mobility mobile hoist.
Fully-accessible change rooms, additional shade and picnic areas and a new solar photovoltaic power supplementary system will also be built.
City of Whittlesea Mayor Lawrie Cox and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green announced the upgrades for the centre on a timely, hot day last week.
The politicians participated in a sod turn to mark the opening of the swim season as well as upgrades that are expected to be finalised early 2020.
The $1,165,000 upgrade received $312,000 of funding from the State’s Growing Suburbs Fund as well as $250,000 through the Sport and Recreation Victoria Small Aquatic Facilities fund.
City of Whittlesea is contributing the remaining $603,000 to the upgrade.
Ms Green said she was passionate about fitness and shared a passion for swim training with Cr Cox.
“In the 90s when we had commissioners in local council, hundreds of pools were closed across the state, and regrettably kids lost the benefit of these seasonal pools and we saw an increase drowning deaths – it shouldn’t be that way,” she said.
“I’m glad Whittlesea was able to retain theirs.”
Cr Cox said it was wonderful to see the beginning of the upgrades.
“Whittlesea Township occasionally does have a comment or two to us that we don’t do enough up in the area, and this is one of the reasons that a project like this is just as important as opening playgrounds and supporting sporting facilities generally over the other side – it’s not a forgotten part of the municipality,” Cr Cox said.
“These projects will make a big difference to the outer suburb families in the growth areas – it’s great to see people at the pool today already.”