Council strokes closer to Rosebud Pool

Published on 09 August 2017


A pool for Rosebud is another step closer with Council determining a preferred location, and progressing to the development of a detailed business plan for the proposed pool.

Land adjoining the Shire offices in Besgrove Street has been named as the preferred site for the pool, which is expected to expedite the development of an aquatic facility in Rosebud

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said the Besgrove Street location would assist in ‘speeding up’ the development of a facility in Rosebud for many reasons, and enables council-owned land in Wannaeue place to be available for other development options.

“Besgrove Street is a strongly suitable location for the proposed pool, featuring relatively flat land, ample space for car parking, relatively straightforward planning controls, and existing public use zoning”.

Council will now develop a detailed business case, based on three concept plans that include options for a 25-metre indoor pool, a 50-metre indoor pool and a 50-metre outdoor pool and associated health, fitness and wellbeing facilities.

The mix of components shown in the three concept plans will provide for traditional aquatic pool programs including training, school competitions, education, health and fitness and special events.

The concepts also show several health, fitness and wellness components such as:

  • a multi-purpose room for health and fitness classes
  • a wellness centre featuring consulting, steam and sauna rooms catering for specialist services such as massage and physiotherapy, relaxation, older adults and sports recovery
  • a café offering high-quality food services
  • high priority disability access
    • access ramps to the main pool (25 metre and 50 metre options), learn-to-swim pool and warm water program pool
    • wheelchair access to the spa within the warm water program pool
    • family change rooms for persons with a disability or special needs
    • all the pool decks will be on the same level avoiding the need for any lifts.

“The concepts cater for our local residents, such as offering learn-to-swim facilities to help all students to develop great swimming skills,” said Councillor Colomb.

“Mornington Peninsula Shire has a higher than state average portion of older persons living on the Southern Peninsula. The warm water program pool will provide a health and wellbeing resource for our older residents”.

The detailed business case will also explore opportunities to reduce annual operating costs of the facility by inclusion of a gymnasium or other high yielding program spaces, and opportunities for renewable energy.

“The development and consideration of the options available for an aquatic centre in Rosebud remains a priority of council,” said Councillor Colomb.

“We understand the issue has been of significant interest to our community, and we are determined to continue advancing the progress”.  

The detailed business case will result in a report establishing Council’s investment in the project and proposes project options, as well as demonstrates whether the project is affordable and represents a value for money investment for Council.

A project timeframe will also be developed enabling Council to take a course of action based on the evidence and analysis it contains.

The report is to be brought back to a Council meeting by the end of December.

The three concept plans are available to view at until the end of December. The detailed business case will be available online in the coming months.

Any questions regarding the consultation can be sent to: