Former City of Whittlesea Mayor Lawrie Cox is afraid the $180 million Mernda Regional Sports and Aquatic Facility will become a white elephant.

THE City of Whittlesea has approved a new major leisure, aquatic and sports court facility to be located on Plenty Road, Mernda.

The state-of-the-art centre, to be located north of Bridge Inn Road, is expected to include four pools, including a 50-metre multipurpose pool, a warm water exercise pool, a learn-to-swim pool and a children’s leisure pool.

The precinct will also feature a regional netball complex with six indoor sports courts and eight outdoor netball courts, and a gym and group fitness area, spa and sauna, and health and wellbeing consulting suites will also form part of the modern centre.

City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the aquatic, leisure and sports court facility in Mernda would be council’s single-biggest investment into social and health infrastructure to date and would support healthy and active lifestyles across the whole of the municipality.

“The Mernda facility is set to be a truly exceptional and stand-out addition to the City of Whittlesea’s sports and leisure network,” Ms Wilson said.

“We’re thrilled to be able to foster positive physical and mental wellbeing by providing a first-class sports and leisure hub where residents can exercise, get healthy, connect and have fun, close to home.”

Council’s decision to include a 50-metre pool in the plans for the Mernda facility comes after extensive consultation with residents to identify the community’s health and recreation needs.

“We heard that residents want 50-metre lap swimming, warm water exercise programs, water play and learn-to-swim areas in the proposed facility, as well as indoor and outdoor sports courts. We’re delighted to bring that vision to life in the future Mernda facility,” Ms Wilson said.

Council will prepare a business case for the precinct to help guide the development of the centre, and advocate to all levels of government to strongly pursue external funding for this vital infrastructure project.

Construction is anticipated to start by 2025.

Additional opportunities for residents to get involved and have their say about the precinct will be provided as the project progresses.

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  1. Any chance of outdoor pool this is by far in demand for all ages Whittlsea gets too crowded and needs a re vamp this will be great for all like Doncaster pools

  2. What about big water slides thats what people also want not just a pool make it good for kids teens and adults so we don’t have to travel to greensborough

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