Regional Indoor Aquatic & Leisure Centre
About the project
Council is proposing to build a Regional Indoor Aquatic and Leisure Centre to replace Mount Barker’s ageing Mountain Pool.
The centre will deliver a state-of-the-art, modern swimming and recreation hub to meet the projected growth of our district and the wider Adelaide Hills region. The Federal Government has already committed $10 million.
To be built on Council-owned land on Bald Hills (opposite Laratinga Wetland), the centre is planned to become a key feature alongside the Regional Sports Hub and nearby Laratinga Wetland.
It will also provide an important destination that will attract people from near and far, providing an important economic boost for our region.
Concept plans have now been developed for Stage 1 of the centre including:
- A 10-lane 25m competition capable lap pool
- An integrated learn to swim, leisure and children’s pool
- Fitness centre
- Meeting rooms
- Kiosk/café to service both the centre and adjacent walking trail
- Change rooms, toilets and associated amenities
- New access road and car parking
- New plant and equipment.
Stage 1 is estimated to cost $28-30 million. A draft business case has been prepared for Council to identify funding options to add to the $10 million already committed by the Federal Government.
Council is working hard to seek further external funding sources and commercial opportunities to minimise the financial impact of the project on Council and its ratepayers.
Warm water therapy pool
Council is exploring the option to include a dedicated, stand-alone warm water therapy pool as part of Stage 1 of the Regional Indoor Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
This facility would cater for a range of uses including water-based therapies, aquatic classes, and swimming lessons and recreation for people including those with disabilities or sensory conditions.
While it is Council’s preference to include a therapy pool in Stage 1, it will be dependant on a range of factors including community demand, a detailed business case, and securing necessary funds to cover increased project costs.
The Regional Indoor Aquatic and Leisure Centre has been designed as a staged development to allow for the addition of extra facilities as Mount Barker’s population grows and demand is identified.
Future stages include:
- Expanded aquatic leisure facilities (splash pad, waterslides)
- Indoor sports courts
- Expanded commercial/allied health facilities
- Outdoor 50m pool
Unfortunately due to high maintenance and running costs we will need to replace the existing Mountain Pool. This pool has served the community well for over 60 years, but as community needs change we will need a new centre to grow with our community.
The Mountain Pool site itself is not large enough to accommodate a modern aquatic centre and will be decommissioned, which will require careful planning and community input to establish how it may best serve the future needs of our community.
Have your say
We value your feedback and want to hear your thoughts on the concept design for the Regional Indoor Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Your input will help shape its detailed design. Community consultation will run from 9 September to 7 October 2019.
Provide your feedback by:
- Viewing the concept design at your Local Government Centre (6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker) and the Mount Barker Community Library (Dumas Street, Mount Barker).
- Completing the online survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/AquaticLeisureCentre
- Writing a submission to Council via post (PO Box 54, Mount Barker SA 5251) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attending the drop-in information session at Mount Barker Central Shopping Centre on Saturday 21 September between 10am and 1pm.
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