Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre

The Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) is the centrepiece of the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $85 million sports and infrastructure package, providing Latrobe City with the opportunity to fulfill its long held desire for a facility of this type for its constituents.

The centre will feature a range of facilities for competitive swimming, leisure, general community use and major regional events, including a 50 metre indoor swimming pool with spectator seating.

This project has strong community support, and will be designed in consultation with Latrobe City constituents.

What’s happening now?

Council’s pre-existing master plan for the GRAC is being revised to deliver a bigger and better project, made possible by a larger than anticipated funding allocation of $46 million from the Victorian Government.

Council is working with Swimming Victoria to refine the scope of the aquatics components and a nine-person Project Reference Group (PRG) has been appointed to help guide the process. Alan McAuliffe has been selected as the community representative.

The PRG has convened on multiple occasions, including a tour of aquatic centres across the state, and continues to act as a key conduit between Council and community in the planning and development of the GRAC.

There’s more local voices contributing to the conversation, with community consultation providing Council with a host of ideas for inclusions to the centre.

A Latrobe City survey of local residents revealed a water play area for children and families and an indoor warm pool, spa and sauna were top of the wish list as add-ons to the centre’s 50 metre indoor pool with seating. Feedback from the survey is being utilised in planning.

A component brief, concept plan and business model are being developed including consultation with local stakeholders, clubs and user groups.

An eclectic team of experts is already collaborating on the GRAC design in preparation for the appointment of a lead contractor later this year, with a number of excellent submissions for this integral role under evaluation following an expression of interest process.

Suitable contractors will be shortlisted for a tender process due to begin in July.

Council has appointed a Senior Project Manager to oversee the GRAC development and work is underway to determine the viability of a geothermal system at the site.

Traralgon Croquet Club

The grass will be greener for the Traralgon Croquet Club (TCC) on the other side of a move to the Glenview Park sporting precinct.

An agreement has been reached between Latrobe City Council and TCC to develop a bigger and better croquet facility alongside the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club and Latrobe Valley Racing Club at McNairn Road.

The current Breed Street centre is more than 60 years old and has limited capacity to host large events and simultaneous play.

The proposed new site would include lighting to enable evening play, a new clubhouse and an additional court to maximise local usage and attract major competitions.

Council has endorsed the agreement and a local architect is being engaged to develop options for the complex. Designs have almost been completed and approved with a tender process to follow.

The existing croquet club site will be utilised as part of the GRAC development.

Updated June 15, 2018

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Project timeline

Planning and design: 2018

Construction start: mid 2019

Completion: mid-2021

Funding: $46 million

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