ACT Government Media Release – The Gallagher Government is delivering on its election commitment to provide a new 50-metre indoor swimming pool in the Weston Creek/Molonglo area.
The Government is today announcing that land adjacent to Stromlo Forest Park has been chosen as the preferred site for the new Weston Creek/Molonglo swimming pool.
Molonglo and Weston Creek is a growing community and its need for more sporting and entertainment facilities is growing too.
That’s why during the 2012 election campaign ACT Labor committed to the following:
“ACT Labor will commit $33 million to build a new 50 metre indoor pool in the area. Work has already been undertaken on feasibility for a pool site at Stromlo Forest Park. ACT Labor will also investigate the feasibility of a site close to the Weston Group Centre before deciding on the best site for the district.”
As a result of this commitment the ACT Government engaged an independent consultant to investigate suitable sites near the Weston Group Centre that could accommodate an aquatic centre. The subsequent feasibility study investigated five sites, and concluded that the proposed site at Stromlo Forest Park was the most suitable location for an aquatic facility to service the needs of Weston Creek, Molonglo and nearby areas.
This pool will provide an important leisure facility not only for the current residents of Weston Creek but for new residents of the developing suburbs of Molonglo Valley.
The new facility’s design will incorporate similar elements to those provided at the Gungahlin Leisure Centre development, and may include: a 50-metre pool, a water play area for children, a cafe and ‘dry areas’ including a gymnasium. The final mix of inclusions will be confirmed through the detailed design process.
The design phase of this facility is currently scheduled to take place in 2015-16 with construction of the swimming pool anticipated to start in 2016 for completion in 2018.