Vic Park Aquatic Centre awarded grant for upgrades

Published on 19 July 2019

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The Town of Victoria Park in collaboration with the Victoria Park Swim Club has been successful in securing a $234,405 grant from Sports Australia, Community Sport Infrastructure. The grant will go towards the installation of a new movable wall and upgrade of starting platforms at the Town’s aquatic facility on Somerset Street in East Victoria Park.

Town of Victoria Park Mayor, Trevor Vaughan said the Town was delighted to receive funding for the initiative and sincerely thanked both Sports Australia, Community Sport Infrastructure and Hon Steve Irons MP for their support.

“The Aqualife 50 metre pool was constructed in 1965 and is listed as a site that has social and historic heritage significance.

“In applying for this grant, the Town sought to balance the need to cater for our growing population whilst retaining the heritage significance of the pool.

“We are confident our recommendations will accommodate these requirements while bring the pool up to a contemporary standard and maximising usable water space.”

The proposed submersible wall will allow a greater number of participants to use the 50m pool at any one time. The improved flexibility of use will also increase scheduling options providing the ability to add additional user groups and sports.

The proposed starting platforms will be designed with the aim of supporting swimmers of all abilities including multi-class swimmers that may have physical and/or psychological disabilities. The tactile grip and lower heights of these platforms allow for easy access and a positive grip for those swimmers who are at a higher risk.

The Town will now follow a procurement request for quote process to award a contractor. Works at the centre are likely to start after the busy summer period (November to February), at a time where upgrades can be completed with little impact to community users.