We are undertaking a $20 million upgrade of the Fawkner Leisure Centre. We have developed preliminary concepts, costings and design works following community focus group consultation. This upgrade is part of the f the 20-year Aquatic and Leisure Centre Strategy, which was adopted by council in 2018.

Budget for the upgrade

We have allocated $20 million to the Fawkner Leisure Centre. The budget is broken into 2 parts:

Part 1 – $10 million - for fixed infrastructure works including:

  • relocating the entrance and reception
  • building in a café and seating area
  • pool ramp access, a new spa and sauna
  • improved amenities, including program space
  • as well as some structural works for compliance and improvements.

Part 2 For the remaining $10 million, we want the community to help shape how we improve and make the facilities at the Fawkner Leisure Centre more accessible.

Stage 1 – Focus groups - March to May 2021 – Complete

A range of people from across the community joined our focus groups between March and May 2021.

Participants were able to hear about the project and provide input into the current and future needs of the community.

This input from a diverse group of community members will now help inform and shape the draft concept designs for the centre.

Some of the priorities identified by participants included:

  • a new outdoor pool
  • improved changing rooms
  • waterplay areas (indoor and outdoor)
  • warm water pool
  • café
  • steam room / sauna
  • Outdoor activities (half-court basketball court, table tennis, volleyball etc)
  • BBQ and picnic facilities
  • women’s only areas
  • improved gym and group fitness rooms
  • accessibility improvements
  • community spaces and rooms.

Stage 1 Consultation findings report

Stage 2 – Feedback on the concepts - August-September 2021

We are looking at all the ideas and priorities the focus groups gave us to develop 3 high-level concepts for the next stage of community consultation. The next round of community consultation is planned for August 2021, pending COVID-19 Government restrictions.

How to get involved

Information will be available here about the concepts for the centre and how you can have your say.

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The centre will be refurbished between 2023 and 2025. This project is part of the Moreland Aquatic and Leisure Strategy.

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If you have any questions about the process, post them here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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