Published: 24 Nov 2021
Like so many aspects of our daily lives, vital swimming lessons for children were disrupted by the COVID-19 during 2020 and 2021.
With pools closed, kids across the state missed out on the weekly lessons that help them build confidence in the water.
Aquatic Service Manager at Mill Park Leisure Centre James Le Mottee knows firsthand how this can affect the development of young swimmers.
“If they miss one or two lessons you can see that change in their progress. Now, after missing months at a time, coming back has been a bit of a challenge.”
With vaccination targets achieved and essential services returning, kids can once again get back in the water and build their swimming skills and confidence at the newly redeveloped Mill Park Leisure Centre.
Completed in April with support from the Victorian Government, the $25 million redevelopment of the popular leisure centre in the City of Whittlesea has been gradually and safely reopening, and the local community are loving it.
“They always love to see how it looks. They love to see how it’s renovated, and we like to explain all the new things that are part of the facility,” James said.
On the list of new features are three new pools, providing the ideal space to get kids back into consistent swim training.
The benefits of the redevelopment extend far beyond kid’s swim lessons, with improved weight training and cardio areas, and bigger and better group fitness rooms.
Milly Ingham-McQuade, the centre’s Health and Fitness Manager has never seen anything like it.
“The facility is fantastic. We use a high standard of technology, which makes the service we provide for members and guests that come in much better and much more professional.”
The City of Whittlesea secured $10 million from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme for the redevelopment, with an additional $3 million from the Victorian Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Fund and $2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund.