New Aquatic centre will have hydrotherapy and second 50 metre pool
Revised plans for the redevelopment of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) would include hydrotherapy facilities and improved landscaping, the Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Sport and Recreation, Justin Madden, said today.
“The Stage 2 MSAC redevelopment – to be completed in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games will include a new hydrotherapy pool to meet the health needs of local residents,” Mr Madden said.
“It will also include a new 50-metre outdoor pool and better links with public transport, along with extensive landscaping and improved parking.”
Responding to the advice of a special panel designed to give the community formal input into the project, Mr Madden said several elements of the project had been altered to meet local concerns.
“For example, the leisure water element has been removed from the redevelopment plans and alterations have also been made to make carparking arrangements more sympathetic with the existing heritage building.”
Health Minister and local Member, John Thwaites, said he was pleased the revised plans included a new hydrotherapy facility that would help meet the health needs of local residents.
“The hydrotherapy pool will free up more pool space for swimming lessons for local children and learn-to-swim programs,” Mr Thwaites said.
“The second pool will also benefit regular lap swimmers who are currently excluded from the main pool during competition times.
“I’m confident the MSAC redevelopment will provide considerable benefits to our community and I welcome the way plans have been revised in line with local feedback.”
Mr Madden said the revisions to the plans for the redevelopment demonstrated that the Bracks Government was prepared to listen to the concerns of the community, and then act on them.