Rosebud Aquatic Centre: Shire celebrates start of construction phase!

Published on 24 July 2019

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24 July 2019

The construction phase of the much-anticipated Rosebud Aquatic Centre has officially kicked off, with a celebration and official sod-turn held recently at the Mornington Peninsula Shire offices in Besgrove Street, Rosebud.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council celebrated with the local community and Minister Greg Hunt following the award of the construction contract to Buxton Construction earlier this month.

Community members joined Councillors and Shire officers for a celebration afternoon at the site near the Shire Offices on Besgrove Street, Rosebud on Monday 8 July.

The afternoon featured an official Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Aboriginal community members Fiona Newson and Uncle Shane Clark.

Plans and design drawings were available for viewing and Shire officers attended to answer questions from community members.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said it was an exciting moment in the much-awaited project timeline.

“Council is thrilled to be delivering the Rosebud Aquatic Centre, a project that many community members have worked towards for over two decades,” he said.

“It was great to celebrate the start of construction with so many community members this month.”

“We are grateful to Minister Greg Hunt for his support of the project, helping Council secure a $5 million Federal Government grant.”

The official sod-turn was held with Minister Greg Hunt on Tuesday 16 July.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said “the health and wellbeing of our community is a Council priority, and the start of construction of the Rosebud Aquatic Centre means we are on the way to delivering a state of the art facility that will complement the many other health services in the surrounding area.”

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin said “we’re thrilled for our community, as we see construction officially start. It’s a great step towards the aquatic facility that will benefit so many who live on the Peninsula.”

Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said “after so much work to refine the design and appoint an excellent construction company, an amazing facility is on the way for our community.”

Rosebud Aquatic Centre construction is scheduled for completion late 2020. Key highlights of the construction will include environmental design features to improve efficiency throughout the building.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is currently requesting proposals from expert facility operators, to manage the operations of the new facility. It is anticipated that a preferred expert operator will be appointed by the end of 2019 so that Council can work together collaboratively with the successful operator to plan for the successful opening and ongoing management of the new facility.

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Photo caption – Rosebud Aquatic Centre Sod Turn: Minister Hunt and Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors turn the first sod to mark the beginning of the construction phase for Rosebud Aquatic Centre.

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