Aquatic Centre concept investigation underway

Cessnock is one step closer to receiving a new aquatic centre, after the first issue of the draft Cessnock Aquatic Centre Feasibility and Design Report was endorsed by Council this week.  

Cessnock is one step closer to receiving a new aquatic centre, after the first issue of the draft Cessnock Aquatic Centre Feasibility and Design Report was endorsed by Council last week.

The Feasibility and Design Report considered three facility options comprising low, medium and high level embellishment.  

Conceptual business modelling demonstrated that the medium and high embellished facilities would outperform the low embellished facility and should be considered for detailed business modelling and further concept development.  

The new facility would include either a 51m indoor or outdoor pool, 25m indoor pool, warm water therapy or hydrotherapy, a learn to swim pool, a spa, sauna and leisure water/water play area.  

Both options also include car parking and club facilities such as meeting rooms.  

Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said six sites were considered for the new aquatic centre, with the preferred site being Turner Park on Aberdare Road, Aberdare.  

Options to relocate current user groups of the Turner Park site will continue to be investigated.  

“Whichever facility option Council adopts as the new Cessnock Aquatic Centre, the community should be excited about this project,” Cr Pynsent said.  

“We will now progress with a detailed business model, further concept development and final feasibility and design for both medium and high embellishment options for the community to consider.”  

Current financial modelling based on the next 10 years showed that it is more effective to build a new facility than to keep funding repairs and maintenance of the existing Cessnock Pool.  

The Feasibility and Design Report has considered likely funding options for the proposed centre, including external opportunities such as the National Stronger Regions Fund and NSW State Government Sports and Cultural Fund Grants.  

It is expected that the draft aquatic centre feasibility and design for medium and high level embellishment will be on public exhibition in mid-2016 to allow the community to provide comment on each of the proposals.

8 April 2016