World First Moveable Pool Floor Launched At MSAC
The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) today launched its world-first moveable pool floor, funded with $4 million from the Brumby Government, that can be raised and lowered to adjust the depth of its 50-metre outdoor pool.
Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino officially opened the new look pool at the Albert Park sporting complex, activating the state-of-the-art hydraulic system that moves the pool floor.
“The Brumby Government is taking action to ensure all Victorian communities have the facilities they need to encourage healthy, active involvement in sport and recreation,” Mr Merlino said.
“Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch 11 world records being broken in this pool during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and now this new state-of-the-art floor will make the pool more accessible so everyone can enjoy this wonderful aquatic facility.
“The moveable floor is a design innovation that puts Victoria at the forefront in terms of world-class sports facilities. The hydraulic technology also means this is the first 50-metre pool in the world that can function as both an elite event pool and a community leisure pool.”
Mr Merlino said the $4 million from the Brumby Government for MSAC moveable floor project was delivered through savings achieved from the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
“With these savings we have been able to re-invest in community and elite level sports facilities for the benefit of Victorians across the state,” he said.
The moveable floor project makes it possible for the pool depth to be adjusted from zero to 2.75 metres, which will cater for Victorians of all ages and will particularly help to meet the needs of people with a disability.
Mr Merlino said the new look pool would accommodate a greater number of people in a broader range of activities through its capacity to be adjusted to various depths.
“The pool will be versatile enough to offer programs to cater for people of all abilities – from the very young to the very old,” he said.
“It will allow beginners to gain confidence in the water and intermediates to improve their technique, as well as allow parents to share playtime in the water with their young children.”
The moveable pool floor will also be a key resource for the Access for All Abilities Program, funded by the Brumby Government to increase participation for people with disabilities in local sport and recreational activities.