On September 4th, Mike Symon visited the construction site of Aquanation in Ringwood with representatives from Maroondah City Council and user groups. In government, Federal Labor contributed $10 million to the project which will provide up to 300 construction jobs in the local area and employment opportunities for up to 150 people when the facility is up and running.
Aquanation, located on the site of the old Ringwood Aquatic centre will be a brand new aquatic and leisure centre which will incorporate the new Victorian State Diving Centre. The complex will also encompass a number of other swimming pools, a gymnasium, child care facility and more than 300 parking spaces.
With room for more than 800 spectators, the centre will be able to host elite state, national and international diving trials and competitions.
Aquanation will also be a key training venue for instructors and educators in a range of recreational disciplines, and provide access to education, training, and competition for primary and secondary schools.
Diving Victoria will establish development squads drawing participants from across Victoria, stimulating economic opportunities for retail, business and tourism operators and assisting to leverage investment in urban development.
It is estimated that Aquanation will have more than 800,000 visitors per year and its construction will create 291 state-wide construction jobs over two years, 40 of these in the local area.
Features of Aquanation will include:
• A 10 lane FINA standard pool; with unique twin booms that will separate water spaces for lap swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and underwater hockey.
• New FINA standard diving facilities with a 10m tower, dive recovery and plunge pool, as well as a dry diving training room – which includes inbuilt trampolines, foam pits and harness structures, enabling more effective training routines.
• A warm water pool for rehabilitation and therapy, a dedicated learn-to-swim pool, leisure and toddler pool with beach entry and splash play, and a wet and dry sauna and spa.
• Dry leisure facilities include a gym, three group fitness rooms, a childcare facility, and a variety of change facilities.
• The centre will also have an event management office, club and community meeting rooms, and linkages to existing sporting facilities in the Jubilee Park precinct.
• Aquanation will also feature an environmentally sustainable design including the use of sustainable materials, improved energy efficiency, stormwater harvesting, water and energy conservation systems, and maximum use of natural light and ventilation.
Aquanation has been funded under round four of the Australian Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.