The $20.2 million redeveloped Nillumbik (formerly Eltham) Leisure Centre re-opens on Saturday, September 22.
The centre is a one-stop aquatic hub with a range of facilities for people of all abilities and ages, from its heated indoor pool to its sauna room.
This was made possible by $13.4 million from Council and $6.8 million from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and Community Facilities Funding Program – Better Pools.
Mayor Peter Clarke, who has promised to swap his mayoral chains and robe for bathers, will be among the many who’ll flock to the centre to test dive the state-of-the art water facilities before the official opening slated for mid-October.
“This aquatic centre offers it all and will become well used and much loved by residents for generations to come,” Clarke said.
The centre offers:
- A 25 metre, eight-lane indoor heated pool with ramp access
- Warm water program pool with ramp access
- Leisure pool with toddler zone
- Outdoor water splash pool (opens in December)
- Spa with ramp access
- Sauna and steam room
- Accessible change rooms
- Multi-purpose program room
- Poolside seating
- New equipment and improved car parking
The centre will cater for learn-to-swim classes, fun days, school holiday programs and for recreational and lap swimmers. The heated pools can be used all year round.
The ramps mean those with limited mobility and in wheelchairs will be able to access the water facilities. The Changing Places facility, the only one of its kind in the Shire, offers a hoist and adult-sized change bench, as well as facilities for those who can’t use standard accessible toilets.
Social infrastructure chair and Nillumbik Councillor Bruce Ranken said the aquatic centre would be a huge drawcard for the area.
“Nillumbik is making waves – we’re determined to become the most liveable Shire in Australia,” Ranken said.