Kingston Council has announced a site of the city’s newest aquatic and leisure centre.
The facility will be built adjacent to Jack Grut Reserve on Governor Road in Mordialloc, Council said today.
The milestone announcement comes after an extensive site investigation program that commenced with 180 potential locations across the central and southern areas of Kingston.
“On the back of a thorough independent assessment of the shortlisted sites and valuable feedback from our community, we are now moving forward with finalising the land purchase and designing a great new facility for the community,” Council said in a statement today.
The need for the development of a new aquatic facility in the short-term was a key recommendation in the adopted Aquatic Facility Plan and followed the closure of the Don Tatnell Leisure Centre in 2020 due to major structural issues, it said.
Kingston Mayor, Steve Staikos said the once-in-a-generation project represents a major investment in the future health and wellbeing of the community.
“We are aiming to provide facilities that are more sustainable, accessible and environmentally sensitive than ever before and that will be a major focus of this project as well,” Mayor Staikos said.
“It’s right in the heart of our city and it’s ready to become an asset for all ages. From learning to swim, building strength in the gym, and practicing your butterfly, to warm water exercise and rehabilitation – our aquatic and leisure centre will be able to cater to you.”
Melaleuca Ward Councillor, Tim Cochrane said he wanted community feedback to continue through the project’s all-important design phase.
“Hearing the opinions of the broader community will play a vital role in the design process as we focus on delivering a centre that meets the community’s needs now and for decades to come,” Cr Cochrane said.
“You can help shape your new aquatic and leisure centre by letting us know what’s important to you and how you want it to look, feel and function.”