Friday, July 30, 2010

all go for monbulk pool

report from the roundtable – 27 jul

I'm pleased to report this week that council resolved to allocate $4million towards the Monbulk Pool redevelopment project. The Shire had applied to the federal government for additional funds to complete the pool but were unsuccessful. It's a project I've been passionate about for some time, from the first meeting of the MAC Redevelopment Working Party back in September 2008 through to mid 2009 I've worked closely to hear the wants and needs of the community.

The Monbulk Pool is a very well loved facility, it has the third highest usage of pools in the Yarra Ranges (first is Yarra Junction and second is Kilsyth). So many kids in the Dandenong Ranges have learnt to swim in the Monbulk Pool. But there is no doubting it is tired and badly in need of an overhaul.

The redevelopment will enable much more programming at the pool. There are so many demands at the moment, the pool is at capacity and there is not enough water to go around! The completion of both stages one and two will see not only an additional pool built, but work completed on the dry area (gym) which means the pool will be far more financially sustainable into the future.

It is an exciting development and encompasses:

Stage 1 works (estimated to cost $6,150,000)

Refurbished 25m pool with wet deck and start bulkheads;
New learn to swim and leisure pool, including beach entry;
New male and female change room facilities;
New pool store and family change room;
New plant room;
New foyer administration and kiosk;
New outdoor deck area; and
Essential refurbishment to structure in the existing gym and childcare areas.

Stage 2 works (estimated to cost $1,061,000)
Minor refurbishment to stage 1 entry and administration;
New 2002m gymnasium including assessment room and store;
Minor refurbishment to existing gym space to convert to program/multipurpose room;
Car park expansion (25 spaces).

The community are keen to see it completed and I'm pleased to report that councillors unanimously supported the allocation of additional funds to the project. I look forward to being able to turn the first sod!

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At 6:56 PM, Blogger Jim Child said...

Well done Samantha....Jim.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Samantha Dunn said...

Thanks Jim, it's a tremendous outcome for the community.


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