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Mill Park Leisure redevelopment frequently asked questions

The redevelopment of the Mill Park Leisure Centre will commence from mid-2018, injecting $25 million to completely upgrade fitness and aquatic areas.

What’s happening?

We are planning a very exciting major upgrade of Mill Park Leisure with new pools, better change room facilities and access, improvements to our fitness areas and equipment and much more.

The major upgrade will see a major overhaul of the dated buildings and facilities and fulfills community feedback from the 2014 Major Leisure and Aquatic Strategy consultation that showed there was significant demand from the community for it.

What are the new features and facilities planned?

In our planning, we consulted with different user groups, individuals and the current centre operator as to what facilities the redevelopment should include. We also received surveys from the broader community. People’s top priorities were:

  • better change rooms and access
  • water play features
  • a warm water pool.

The upgrade includes:

  • new fully accessible pools, including a new access ramp and hoists into the current 25 metre pool, and a new warm water program pool
  • a new learn to swim pool, leisure pool and water play features
  • enlarged gym and fitness program areas
  • outdoor fitness, family play and BBQ areas
  • expansion of the building will also provide a new front foyer, reception, retail area and café together with revamped accessible car parking and coach drop off points.
  • a new meeting space, redeveloped occasional care area and multi-use program area, all new amenities including family change village, multipurpose group change room and accessible toilets and changing places toilets.

Who are the architects?

Mantric Architecture was awarded the contract to design the redevelopment, and has extensive experience in designing leisure centres that include the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre, Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, Warragul Leisure Centre and Knox Basketball Stadium.

How do you know the redevelopment is needed?

Council spent several months researching and consulting with various leisure centre users, groups and community organisations to develop a Major Leisure Aquatic Facilities Strategy that will guide Council’s provision of leisure facilities over the next 20 plus years. The Strategy recommended redeveloping Mill Park Leisure to meet the needs of residents in the established suburbs.

A more detailed Feasibility Study was then carried out to further explore the options and features required for the centre to meet the needs of the community into the future. The end result is a design that caters for a broad range of users with a mix of new components, combined with an upgrade of existing facilities that will ensure a contemporary and accessible facility with capacity to grow use and membership for many years to come.

Throughout the processes, we have also talked extensively with users, groups and organisations using Mill Park Leisure to make sure it reflects the priority features and facilities people want and need.

What’s the cost of the project?

Major projects of the scale of leisure centres are expensive and the redevelopment is expected to cost around $25 million. As a local Council, we have a limited budget for capital works projects so we have spent a lot of time planning a realistic and affordable redevelopment that will meet the leisure and social needs of our rapidly growing community.

The upgraded facility will provide a much better experience for users but importantly it will attract more people from different sections of the community to use the facility.

Council is contributing $20 million and the State Government is contributing $5 million ($2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $3 million from the Community Sport Infrastructure Fund).

Why isn’t the redevelopment being done in stages?

This is an important community recreational facility and Council considered at great length whether a partial or full closure would be required during the construction.

A full closure of the Centre will also mean that the redevelopment is completed sooner, allowing the community earlier access, and will provide financial savings.

The centre will also become a major construction zone during the upgrade that would have significant impact on the visitor’s experience if it remained open due to noise, dust, vibration, limited car parking and many parts would not be accessible to the public.

The centre will close for renovations on Saturday 30 June 2018.

When will works start and when will they be completed?

An enormous amount of time, money and consultation goes into undertaking a leisure centre upgrade of this scale. Design of the redevelopment is complete with construction scheduled to commence in July 2018 and finish in mid 2020.

What happens to my membership?

Members have been contacted with multiple options that will support their health and wellbeing. If you were a member on 16th April 2018 and have not received any information please contact Mill Park Leisure on 9404 4811 or millpark.leisure@ymca.org.au

Thomastown Recreation & Aquatic Centre (TRAC) will remain the premier leisure and aquatic centre during the redevelopment of Mill Park Leisure. If you are interested in becoming a TRAC member or would like more information contact 9463 0700 or check it out online.

Keep in contact

Send us your email address and we’ll keep you updated with progress: mplc@whittlesea.vic.gov.au