Concept artwork for the GRAC exterior.
The $57 million Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) is the centrepiece of the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $85 million sports and infrastructure package.
It will allow Latrobe City to fulfil 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 an eight lane 50 metre indoor swimming pool with 500 spectator seats.
The GRAC will also include:
- Indoor water play zone
- Warm water therapy pool with spa
- Designated learn to swim pool
- Sauna and steam rooms
- Wellness centre
- Café and retail precinct
- Gymnasium and group fitness rooms
- Wet and dry change facilities
- 25 metre outdoor pool
- Geothermal heating
- 2 large water slides
On top of $46 million in State Government funding, an additional $8 million has been loaned to Latrobe City Council from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports Infrastructure loan scheme to ensure all desired components of the project are included.
This, combined with a contribution of up to $3 million from LCC, meant the 25 metre outdoor pool, geothermal infrastructure and water slides could be included in the final scope of the project.
This project has strong community support, and was designed in consultation with local residents, key user groups and stakeholders.
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Planning and design: 2018
Construction start: mid 2019
Completion: December 2020 - January 2021
Funding: $57 million