The Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Wonthaggi is Bass Coast’s only indoor aquatic centre. It is over 45 years old and nearing the end of its service life.

The Centre has aging infrastructure with a limited range of facilities and is no longer meeting the needs of the community. This is evident from declining attendances and participation levels and escalating operational and maintenance costs.

Council’s Aquatic Strategy 2015 recommends that the existing facility be replaced with a new centre and that a new district aquatic leisure centre at Phillip Island is developed to maximise community health and wellbeing benefits.

Due to the size of the shire, travel times, population spread and catchment indicators, there is an identified need for two aquatic facilities to service the Bass Coast Shire.

The vast majority of councils across Australia actively seek State and Federal Government contributions to fund aquatics facilities. Council continues to hold meetings with Federal and State Ministers, Shadow Ministers, candidates, and Advisors to promote the benefits of investing in Aquatics in Bass Coast in the lead up to the upcoming elections this year.

Further, our aquatics advocacy efforts is strengthened through our membership of OneGippsland and Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils

The Centres are expected to generate significant economic, health and social benefits for the local region by providing a diverse range of sports, events and activities. They will also provide Centres within 30 minutes of most residents in the community.

They will provide

  • 222 direct jobs during construction
  • 56 full time jobs during operations
  • Health benefit to the community of $17.8 million

There is a social return on investment of $2.18 for every $1 spend on aquatic facility operations in regional Australia.

Inclusion of a combined Warm Water Pool and Learn to Swim Pool will ensure exercise for rehabilitation and mobility will encourages the aging population to be active and allow emerging generations access to swimming lessons, an essential life skill.

The Centres will be designed to be carbon neutral.

Check out the Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy for a full overview of benefits.

The Aquatics project

  • $94.6M Construction cost
  • $7.295M Annual average revenue
  • $7.387m Annual average expenditure
  • $128,000 per annum operating cost
  • 628,000 Annual average visitors

The Aquatic facilities are dependent on significant government support and we seek an investment of $79.3 million to deliver this two-pool strategy.

The vast majority of councils across Australia actively seek State and Federal Government contributions to fund aquatics facilities. Council will continue to hold meetings with Federal and State Ministers, Shadow Ministers, candidates, and Advisors to promote the benefits of investing in Aquatics in Bass Coast in the lead up to the upcoming elections in 2022.