Our Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre project, at 90 Taylors Road in Keilor Downs, opened to the public on 12 September 2022.
This exciting and ambitious project replaced the old St Albans Leisure Centre.
What we set out to do
- Develop a brand new, custom-built leisure and aquatic facility, of which you can be proud. A place to exercise, be healthy, and have fun.
- Ensure the centre delivers significant, measurable social and health benefits for Brimbank. Having co-located services will help this; and
- Build a strong community collaboration using Collective Impact principles - different groups working towards the one goal for lasting change
A commitment to deliver
Councillors responsible for delivering this centre to the community include those elected in November 2016 and November 2020.
Council elected in November 2016: Cr Daniel Allan, Cr Lucinda Congreve, Cr Victoria Borg, Cr Sam David JP, Cr Margaret Giudice, Cr John Hedditch, Cr Bruce Lancashire, Cr Georgina Papafotiou, Cr Duyen Anh Pham, Cr Virginia Tachos, Cr Kim Thien Trung, and Cr Janev Aziz (elected April 2020) initiated the project pledging to replace St Albans Leisure Centre, awarding contracts for design and construction and giving approval for construction to begin.
Council elected in November 2020: Cr Victoria Borg, Cr Sarah Branton, Cr Thuy Dang, Cr Sam David JP, Cr Maria Kerr, Cr Bruce Lancashire, Cr Trung Luu, Cr Jasmine Nguyen, Cr Jae Papalia, Cr Ranka Rasic, and Cr Virginia Tachos oversaw various stages of construction and opening the new facility.
Key project milestones and major highlights.
|August 2018||Council approved the centre component brief to determine what would be incorporated into the health and wellbeing hub.|
|September -October 2018||Community information process undertaken.|
|December 2018||Council awards contract for the design of the health and wellbeing hub to Williams Ross Architects Council offers Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd tenancy agreements to co-locate at the hub.|
|January 2019||Design phase started.|
|May 2019||Site masterplan completed.|
|September 2019||Schematic Design completed.|
|February 2020||Detailed Design completed. Design and Construction tender documents released.|
|March 2020||Although scheduled to close permanently to the public from 14 April, St Albans Leisure Centre closed a month earlier on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 10pm due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and did not reopen.|
|June 2020||Design and Construction contract awarded.|
|July 2020||Construction of new health and wellbeing hub (including demolition of St Albans Leisure Centre) started.|
|September 2020||Council selected 'Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre' as the name for the facility|
|April 2022||Council offers Distinctive Options tenancy agreement to co-locate at the hub.|
|May 2022||The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia with a 6-Star Green Star Design score.|
|August 2022||Construction completed|
|September 2022||Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre opened to the public.|
Energy efficient credentials:
6-Star green design indoor aquatic centre
In May 2022 the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre was recognised for its “world-leading” sustainable design by the Green Building Council of Australia with its highest rating, a 6-Star Green Star Design score.
The centre has now achieved a 6-Star Green Star Design & As Built v1.2 rating.
This makes it the first indoor aquatic centre in Australia to achieve this rating.
Sustainability features include:
- The first all-electric aquatic centre in Australia, cutting energy use by up to 65 per cent compared to traditional aquatic centres.
- An 88,000 litre hot water storage system that acts as a big ‘thermal battery’, and 500kW of solar panels.
- When the rooftop solar panels are generating power this will power the heat pump system to heat and cool the centre.
- Any additional electricity needed will be purchased through a 100 per cent renewable energy power purchase agreement.
How the centre got its name
- An overwhelming number of naming suggestions were received through a community campaign in August 2020 that asked for possible names for the new facility.
- A Facility Naming Advisory Committee that included community representatives and a representative of the Traditional Owners, shortlisted names for Council consideration.
- In September 2020 Council selected ‘Brimbank Aquatic & Wellness Centre’ as the official preferred name option for the facility.
- The name was lodged with the Registrar of Geographic Names and gazetted in June 2021.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition initiatives
Brimbank Council has been working with the Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee (BATSICC) to develop initiatives that recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and inclusion.
The initiatives include recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, Aboriginal artwork in the foyer, Traditional Owner acknowledgment plaque, indigenous tree planting and adopting Aboriginal room names that represent the diversity of people who call Brimbank home.
Seven rooms identified for community use at the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre have Aboriginal names:
- Low Sensory/Quiet Room (Ground floor) - Jinkigi (Mudburra/Jingili word from Northern Territory meaning Star)
- Activity Room (Ground floor) - Wiipatja Kuuli (Barkindji word from New South Wales meaning Mob of People’s Place)
- Interview Room 1 - Walawa (Kirrae Whurrong word from South West Victoria region meaning Glow)
- Interview Room 2 - Marin Balluk (Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung word meaning Clan Group)
- Interview Room 3 - Wominjeka (Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung word meaning Welcome)
- Interview Room 4 - Gulpaga (Yorta Yorta word from Victoria meaning Waterhole)
- Quiet Room (First floor) - Brimbank Durra (Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung word meaning Heart of Brimbank)
Leisure and Aquatic components
The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre has:
- An Olympic-sized 50 metre, 10 lane competition pool with access ramp
- Two water slides
- Leisure water/Learn to Swim Program Pool
- Warm Water Program Pool with adjoining spas
- Water play unit and splash pad
- Sauna and steam room
- A large gym with 24-hour access
- Group fitness studios
- Meeting and function rooms
- A wellness centre
- Community program room
Other features include a café, multiple wet and dry change rooms, including family change, and a crèche.
A key goal for this facility was to be a place where the community could exercise, be healthy and have fun while accessing health and wellbeing services all under one roof.
We are delighted to have the following organisations as tenant partners:
Cost and Funding
The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre is supported by a $2 million grant from the Victorian Government.
The Australian Government has committed $1.53 million towards an integrated renewable energy system, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA) Advancing Renewables Program.
The total project cost is in excess of $60 million, including design and consultancy fees, development charges, construction costs, contingencies, landscaping, facility fit-out, furniture and equipment. Council funded the project though its capital works budget over a number of years.
Thank you to our community
We thank the people of Brimbank for their support and patience through the years of planning, development and construction needed to deliver this centre to the community.