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.

Mr McAuliffe was selected for his long history of community service and involvement in aquatic sports, including more than 25 years of competitive swimming and water polo.

The Glengarry local has also served on the Morwell Swimming Club committee and is the current president of the Glengarry Mechanics Institute committee of management.

The PRG is a key conduit between Council and community in the planning and development of the GRAC.

A component brief, concept plan and business model will be developed including consultation with local stakeholders, clubs and user groups.
Council has recently appointed a Senior Project Manager to oversee the GRAC development

Project timeline

Planning and design: 2018

Completion: mid-2021

Funding: $46 million