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BARC waterplay area

Come and play at BARC – new aquatics features set to open

Friday 10 May

The $6.55 million redevelopment of the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC) set to open to the public on May 13.


The project includes a warm water pool, interactive children’s water play area, an expanded aquatic area and upgraded all-accessible change facilities, and expanded reception and café areas.


Mayor Cr Natalie O’Connell said the new warm water pool was recently filled and a world-class ‘pool pod’, to provide greater all-ability access to the aquatic facilities, installed. An official opening and community celebration for the project is currently being planned for June.


“The community can start to use the new aquatics area and water play features, the spa and sauna and on-deck change areas, it’s a great community facility for the region.


“Attractions in the children’s play area include A ‘Mega Soaker’ (a bucket which holds 160 litres of water and tips every few minutes), smaller buckets, shower head features, underwater bubblers, and water cannons. The features are designed to cater for children from birth, with areas suitable for water familiarisation through to fun for older children,” Cr O’Connell said.  


“It’s always an exciting time when you start to see years of planning become a reality with on-ground works. This redevelopment supports council’s aims for healthy and connected communities, and I look forward to celebrating the project’s completion.”


Council wants to thank the contractor Brooker Builders and their tradies who worked tirelessly to get the job complete and all BARC members, user groups and individuals for their patience during the construction of the project.


Council is contributing $3.55 million towards the project, with the Victorian Government providing $3 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Waterplay area

The new children’s water play area, complete with a super-soaking bucket, is one of the many new features of the newly redeveloped BARC.



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