Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre
The Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) is the centrepiece of the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $85 million sports and infrastructure package.
The $54 million Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) is the centrepiece of the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $85 million sports and infrastructure package, providing Latrobe City with the opportunity to fulfil its long held desire for a facility of this type for its constituents.
The centre will feature a range of facilities for competitive swimming, leisure, general community use and major regional events, including a 50 metre indoor swimming pool with spectator seating.
This project has strong community support, and is being designed in consultation with local residents, key user groups and stakeholders.
What’s happening now?
New concept plans for the GRAC have been made public and the design and construct tender for the project has been awarded to ADCO Constructions.
An eight lane 50 metre indoor pool complete with 500 seats for spectators is the highlight feature of the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre, as per concept plans produced by architect Peddle Thorp.
Current designs also include an indoor water play zone, warm water pool, designated learn to swim pool, spa and sauna areas, a wellness centre, café and retail precinct and wet and dry change facilities.
An additional $8 million in funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports Infrastructure loan scheme will allow additional components such as: a 25 metre outdoor pool, geothermal infrastructure and water slides to be included in the final scope of the project.
Council worked with key stakeholders such as Swimming Victoria to refine the scope of the aquatics components along with a nine-person Project Reference Group (PRG), taking inspiration and learnings from comparable centres across the state.
Feedback from community consultation was also utilised in developing these early plans, with Latrobe City residents highlighting an indoor warm pool, spa and sauna as the top priorities beyond a 50 metre indoor pool with seating.
The Industry Capability Network and GROW Gippsland have been engaged extensively in order to maximise local content on the project and have assisted with the tendering process.
The PRG will continue to act as a key conduit between Council and community in the planning and delivery of the GRAC.
Traralgon Croquet Club
The grass will be greener for the Traralgon Croquet Club (TCC) on the other side of a move to the Glenview Park sporting precinct.
An agreement has been reached between Latrobe City Council and TCC to develop a new croquet facility alongside the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club and Latrobe Valley Racing Club at McNairn Road.
The current Breed Street centre is more than 60 years old and has limited capacity to host large events and simultaneous play.
The new site will include lighting to enable evening play, a new clubhouse and courts designed to maximise local usage and attract major competitions.
Construction is currently underway on the facility.
The existing croquet club site will be utilised as part of the GRAC development.
Planning and design: 2018
Construction start: March 2019
Completion: December 2020
Funding: $54 million
Planning and design