Oatlands Aquatic Centre

Aquatic Centre Green Light
A new purpose-built Aquatic Centre for the region will now become a reality with the Southern Midlands Council deciding to progress to construction phase. This project was identified some twenty plus years ago in recognition that the existing facility was nearing the end of its useful life.

A new purpose-built Aquatic Centre for the region will now become a reality with the Southern Midlands Council deciding to progress to construction phase. This project was identified some twenty plus years ago in recognition that the existing facility was nearing the end of its useful life.

The facility, to be built at Oatlands, will include a 25m, 6 lane pool, toddlers pool and dry activity exercise room.

The total cost will be around $9 million, of which Council has already secured $4 million in grant funding from both the Australian and Tasmanian Governments. Council’s contribution will come from the sale of existing property assets; a loan borrowing to reflect the long-term nature of the facility; and a contribution of $80,000 from the previous Station Child Care Centre.

In making the decision, Council acknowledged the Centre is projected to require a significant operating subsidy, but the benefits to the community outweighed the cost impact.

Council has a 10-year financial strategy to absorb this cost, but it is hoped that as attendances increase and operational efficiencies are achieved, operational costs will decline. The cost impact is also softened by the fact the existing pool, which only operates for three months each year, requires a subsidy from Council of around $120,000 and has reached the end of its useful life and is not able to be upgraded in the current location.   The projected subsidy is commensurate with the increased quality of service and the fact that it will operate all year round.

Council is excited at the opportunity the new facility will bring, including health and wellbeing for all age groups, ‘learn to swim’ classes and swimming training for the municipalities’ schools and their students and general recreation for residents and visitors. It will support the Oatlands Multi-Purpose Health Centre.

These benefits will be enjoyed by the community and visitors for decades to come.  As mentioned the centre will be open all-year round with the hours of operation to be determined by seasons, usage and public holidays.

It is hoped construction will begin early in the New Year and take around 12 months to complete.

Clr Alex Green
MAYOR

Plan Drawings

The full application plans are available, if you would like to view a full copy of the application, please contact our Development Services Department on 03 6254 5050.

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