Community input key to approved pool design for Rosebud

Published on 05 December 2018


Detailed design plans for the highly anticipated Rosebud Aquatic Centre have been approved with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council praising the ‘team effort’ of Shire officers, committees and community members at its meeting on Tuesday 27 November.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said Council is committed to keeping the aquatic centre on track an reiterated that we want to keep the project on budget.

“Council resolved to commit to the $41.57 million dollar project cap and requested a post-tender funding strategy be brought back to Council for consideration of additional funding”.

“Adoption of the detailed design is a key milestone in the delivery program and we’re confident this design best reflects the needs of the whole community and can’t wait to see the facility in action”.

The Aquatic Centre has undergone extensive design consultation including contribution from the Shire’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) and the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE), which advised on the final plans to ensure universal design is reflected for equal accessibility, improving health and wellbeing outcomes and overall enjoyment and inclusive use. 

Councillor delegate and representative for the DAC and PACE, Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi, said “the Shire’s Advisory Committees have provided data on the number of people in our community with high support needs and through their invaluable advice, we have improved on access and inclusion throughout the design to ensure that the new facility will be accessible for all”.

The facility highlights design inclusions such as disabled parking; accessible entry pathways; sheltered drop off area; Changing Places toileting facilities; pet care area for assistance animals; ramp and hoist access into the 50 metre pool and warm water program pool; adequate seating; safe evacuation options; clear signage and wayfinding and acoustic treatments.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said “it’s important that our designs reflect the feedback received from the community and we keep them in the loop as this exciting project continues to progress with an enhanced plan for the future”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin said “efforts have been made to ensure the main competition pool is multi-functional and caters for all pool users including families, schools, lap swimmers, aqua aerobics, learn to swim, swim clubs and water play”.

The final plans were updated to reflect feedback from community and industry experts.

Key additions include:

  • An upstairs spin room
  • Downstairs multi-purpose room
  • Enhancement of the aqua-play and warm water pool facilities
  • Community meeting room
  • Party room and pool office

The Shire will soon seek expressions of interest from builders to form a short list for construction work.

Early works to construct the car park and relocate the woodworkers and radio clubs is underway and due for completion in March 2019.

The Shire’s Rosebud customer service office remains open to the public with the leash free area relocated to behind oval on Besgrove street.

Rosebud Aquatic Centre will be designed and constructed over a three-year period, with the aim of opening late 2020.

Approved design plans are available to view online at:

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