Horsham Aquatic Centre master plan released

HORSHAM Rural City Council hopes a $7.76 million upgrade of the Horsham Aquatic Centre will give the community more options.

The council approved its Horsham Aquatic Centre master plan at a meeting on Monday night.

It will now seek feedback from the community about the plan.

The plan includes five stages, with the first stage being a $1.3 million upgrade of the 50-metre outdoor pool.

The upgrade will include a new wet deck, installation of a pool access hoist, a new pool concourse and installation of a tilt-up glass doors separating the hydro pool and indoor pool area.

Stage two will include works on a new outdoor function area, spa, sauna and widening the existing front entry ramp.

Stage 2A will include a Waterplay and Splash Park, new playground and play equipment. 

Stage three will include indoor works such as corridor, kiosk and office renovations.

The council’s community services director Kevin O’Brien said the report was the result of a number of months’ work by the steering group.

“Both the project steering group and the architects have put a great deal of work into the community consultation for this project with over 100 submissions received,” he said.

“The result is a comprehensive report and master plan which outlines some really exciting developments for the aquatic centre.”

Mayor Pam Clarke said works to the outdoor pool would make the centre more economical to run.

“The plan is to raise up the floor at the deep end and lower it at the shallow end so it can be used for international standard racing,” she said. 

“This is a really good outcome.”

Cr Mark Radford said the outdoor pool was valuable to the community.

“This is an opportunity to fix those leaks with a wet deck and improve it,” he said. 

Mr O’Brien said the community could view the report online at the council’s website.

He said any comments about the plan must be submitted to council before 5pm on September 5.