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Shire shows off pool project

Tuesday 10 April

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP toured the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC) site on Monday to see first-hand the project that will bring improved pool facilities to the area.


As well as pool upgrades, the $6.55 million project includes a facelift for the entrance with the creation of a plaza area and expanded reception and café areas.


While the 25-metre pool remains operational, the toddler pool, spa and sauna have been demolished.


Specialist pool builders have recently been on site to inspect the project’s progress and begin their work.


Due to the building’s expansion, initial works included realigning a sewer main to outside the building footprint. This work is now complete.


Excavation of the new pool is continuing and work has also begun on the first concrete footings for the new section of building.


Patrons will notice new signs have been installed to help them find their way to the entrance. The BARC and Forge Theatre will share an entrance during the project.


Council is contributing $3.55 million to the redevelopment and the Victorian Government is providing $3 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.


The project includes a warm water pool, interactive children’s water play area, an expanded aquatic area and upgraded change facilities including family/all ability change rooms.


Council reminders residents that Premier’s Active April is on now. Registered participants are eligible for a 7-day centre pass or 10-visit swim pass at the BARC and Lakes Entrance Aquadome to use during April. To register visit the Active April website.


Group of people standing in front of a construction site.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing (right) inspected the works at the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre on Monday. Ms Shing was shown through the site by (from left) Brooker Builders’ Michelle Brooker, Ross Brooker and Clint Dennett, East Gippsland Shire Councillor Mark Reeves and council CEO Gary Gaffney.


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