Warragul’s Leisure Centre is once again open to the delight of local residents, after 17 months of redevelopment works.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci was joined by Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, to officially open the centre in front of a crowd of excited onlookers this morning.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor, Joe Gauci said he was thrilled to see the centre re-opened and remaining popular than ever.
“We have watched the transformation take shape over 17 months and to get to the point where it’s now able to be used is a great milestone”, Cr Gauci said.
“It was pleasing to see a large number of people come down yesterday to have a short dip in the pools, tour the facility and celebrate the completion of the indoor project while we await completion of the outdoor pool.
Council’s redevelopment of the Warragul Leisure Centre cost $14 million and was made possible thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Better Pools program and the Australian Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.
Cr Gauci said the purpose of the upgrade was to provide the community with a top notch recreation facility.
“The upgrading of this facility will provide our community with a first-rate recreation facility to be enjoyed by people of all ages”, Cr Gauci said.
“We will now eagerly await the start of the summer pool season when the new outdoor 50m pool will open.”
Council’s redevelopment of the Warragul Leisure centre included a multitude of works including extending the existing pool hall for more aquatic space, the construction of a new leisure centre, splash pool and a new 50m outdoor pool.
However, upgrade works to the entrance of the facility have been delayed due to the dreary spring weather.
Council now expects the centre’s carpark to re-open on Thursday the 22nd of September.
Users visiting the facility before the 22nd should utilise parking on Burke Street and in the Burke Street car park opposite the centre.
The new 50 metre outdoor pool will also open next year, in time for the start of summer.