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Work begins on new and improved indoor pool

Thursday 08 March

Work has begun on the much-anticipated redevelopment of the pool facilities at the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC).

 

To complement the upgrades in the pool area the BARC will have a facelift to create a more welcoming entrance by building a plaza and expanding the reception and café areas.

 

East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor said while the centre may look closed due to the works, patrons will find most services still available.

 

“The BARC is still a hive of activity. The redevelopment is not affecting the stadium, health club or children’s services, so that’s all business as usual. Swimming is still available, as the 25-metre pool is operational,” Cr Rettino said.

 

“The facilities that have been affected are the toddler pool, spa and sauna. These have all been demolished, which is the work you can see at the front of the building.”

 

Temporary walling has been erected to separate patrons from the work zone.

 

BARC visitors now enter the building through the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub entrance. Signs are being installed to direct people to this entry. An additional driveway to the grassed overflow carpark is also on the cards to improve safety during peak parking times.

 

The redevelopment will cost $6.55 million, with council contributing $3.55 million and the Victorian Government 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.

 

“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 watching the project’s progress.

 

“In the meantime, both the BARC and Forge Theatre and Arts Hub are open and I encourage everyone to keep visiting these centres during the works,” Cr Rettino said.

 

Works are expected to be completed by Easter 2019.

 

For project updates visit the BARC redevelopment page.

 

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