Plans to build a world-class health and wellbeing hub to replace St Albans Leisure Centre are on track.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said work was continuing in preparation for the project which would include multiple services under one roof and a new aquatic and leisure centre.
“We all know the St Albans Leisure Centre is old and tired, but still much loved and used. It needs to be replaced.
“We want to use this opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.
“Currently our residents lag behind Melbourne on a number of key indicators such as obesity, diabetes and other preventable conditions. This needs to change.
“Our aim is to create a world-class health and wellbeing hub that will play a key role in delivering significant and measurable social and health outcomes for the community.
“It will be a landmark project for Brimbank and the region.
“We’ve started talking to local MPs and representatives from the State Government about the project.
“Most recently, I invited local MPs for an informal tour of the leisure centre as an opportunity to show them around the current facility, to talk about our plans and the need.
“It was wonderful to see the support that they offered for the regional facility and the benefit to the community, and we look forward to continuing the conversation about both State and Federal government investment in the project,” the Mayor said.
In the coming months Council will make a decision on what aquatic and leisure centre components will be included in the development. This will be followed by a community information process (expected around August 2018).
Other steps will include determining co-tenants who will be key in the integrated service delivery aspect of the project; and engaging an architect to complete a design before starting construction next financial year.
Council has allocated $1.8 million in its 2018/2019 Budget for design of the project. Construction is proposed to start in 2019.
“The Health and Wellbeing Hub is going to cost in excess of $50 million to build. We’re looking to attract the support of the State and Federal governments and an investment of about $25 million,” the Mayor said.
St Albans Leisure Centre was initially built in the 1960s, with additional facilities added in 1985, including the indoor pool hall and gym.
Plans for the replacement of St Albans Leisure Centre follow two feasibility studies on the replacement of the centre, with the most recent study undertaken in 2014. The 2014 study included significant community and stakeholder consultation, including a user survey, which is being used to develop a recommended listing of facility components for the replacement of the centre.