Eltham Leisure Centre takes next steps

Published on 12 February 2016

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The next steps in the redevelopment of the aquatic section of the Eltham Leisure Centre were taken this week with planning permission being granted at Council's Planning Meeting.

The planning application also requested a reduction of 40 car parking spaces to enable construction access to the site while ensuring that the centre remains open.

Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Bronnie Hattam said, "The proposed redevelopment of the Eltham Leisure Centre is one of Council's most exciting projects.

"This upgrade is much needed and with the centre being more than 30 years old. The main pool and associated plant are prone to regular failure causing intermittent shutdown to parts of the aquatic area.

"The redevelopment will use muted and non-reflective materials and colours to ensure that it suits the beautiful surrounding environment.

"This $15 million project would not have become a reality without the state government's support in the shape of $3.8 million from the Interface Fund and a $3 million grant from Sports and Recreation Victoria."

The pool facilities will close on 30 June 2016 to enable the works to begin.

The redevelopment will replace the 25 metre pool and will also include a warm water pool, a leisure pool with water features, spa, sauna, steam room, outdoor water play area, outdoor deck, picnic and barbecue areas, change cubicles (individual, family and accessible), school change room, multi-purpose room and landscaped gardens.

Market research and consultation findings indicate that the upgrade and extension of the facility is required to meet current and future community expectations.

Council has fully consulted the community about this project and adopted a feasibility study in December 2012. Council agreed to fund the remainder of the project upon receipt of additional funds in September 2013 in order for the project to go ahead.