Brimbank,
14
December
2017
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02:14
Australia/Melbourne

St Albans Leisure Centre redevelopment moving forward

Summary

The redevelopment of the St Albans Leisure Centre will be a major project and a significant investment for Council and the community.

Brimbank City Council is moving forward with plans for the redevelopment of St Albans Leisure Centre.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said the planned redevelopment of the ageing leisure centre provided a great opportunity for Council to do more than just provide a new aquatic and leisure centre for the community.

“There is no denying the St Albans Leisure Centre is an ageing facility with outdated amenities and services that cannot compete with contemporary standards.

“The redevelopment of the St Albans Leisure Centre will be a major project and a significant investment for Council and the community.

Brand New Centre and Service

“It’s essential we make the most of the opportunity this presents to deliver a brand new custom built leisure, aquatic and community facility of which the community can be proud.

“We want to provide a facility that will include a new leisure and aquatic facility, a new community centre, and a range of related health and social services all under the one roof,” the Mayor said.

“We’re hoping to develop a facility that delivers significant, measurable social and health benefits to the community,” the Mayor said.

Looking for Healthy Partnerships

Council is also looking at the potential for taking a partnership focused approach to ensure the new centre is a win for all residents of Brimbank, by co-locating other health and social services.

In November 2017 Council conducted a market sounding process inviting organisations interested in potentially co-locating to the new planned purpose built leisure and community facility to provide information on how their services could contribute to improved social and health outcomes for the community.

Council will use the information gathered as part of this process to help frame the tender process scheduled to start in February 2018.

Council has committed $200,000 in the current Annual Budget to start with planning and design for the redevelopment of the St Albans Leisure Centre.

Council’s Long Term Financial Plan has earmarked $1.8 million in 2018/2019 for design and subsequent funding in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 for construction.

The final cost of the project will depend on the final design and is expected to be known around June 2019.