Published: 11 Mar 2022
Torquay will become the home of health and wellbeing services for the Surf Coast community, thanks to the upcoming $39.2 million Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre.
The centre will provide facilities to support much-needed programs for the Shire, including a 50 metre heated indoor pool for swimming lessons and competitions, a warm water pool for hydrotherapy, rehabilitation and other programs, accessible changing rooms, community meeting rooms, allied health suites and office spaces.
“A community of our size has a huge range of needs and supporting community wellbeing is really at the forefront of this project,” explained Councillor Libby Stapleton, Mayor of Surf Coast Shire.
“This centre will help cater, year-round, for the health and wellbeing needs of people of all ages and abilities,” she added.
Importantly, the construction of the centre will provide Surf Coast communities with health, wellbeing and fitness options close to home, saving them from commuting to Geelong and easing traffic on major roads.
Bringing health, wellbeing and fitness under one roof
Designed as an extension to the recently opened Wurdi Baierr Stadium, the new centre will bring health, wellness and fitness programs into one place for community convenience.
“It will bring together a really great offering of programs and services in one location, rather than having our community travelling to multiple destinations to achieve similar outcomes,” explained Mayor Stapleton.
“It will mean that families can schedule health appointments and sports training in one trip,” she added.
The Mayor is also keen to reframe the conversation around fitness centres, stressing the all round benefits they offer.
“I think it’s good to start thinking of places like this as health and wellbeing facilities, rather than just leisure centres,” she said.
“Venues like this need to support people’s mental wellbeing, as well as their physical health,” she added.
Accessible facilities and community meeting rooms at the centre will be designed so that all community members feel welcomed and encourage a sense of belonging.
The Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre will also support the upcoming Torquay Community Hospital by offering specialist services and therapies, making it easy for residents to access the care they need locally.
Provided through partnership
The delivery of the Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre is being made possible by $10 million from the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Grants Initiative, and $3.5 million from the Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.
The project has also received $20 million from the Commonwealth Government and $5.7 million from Surf Coast Shire. Construction is expected to begin in May 2023 and be complete in 2025.