The City of Greater Geelong will consider awarding building contracts for three major new community facilities worth a combined $79.2 million at a Council meeting on 14 December 2021.

Tenders for the Northern Aquatic and Community Hub in Norlane, Stage 1 of the North Bellarine Aquatic Centre in Drysdale, and the Armstrong Creek West Community Hub have all been listed on the Council’s 14 December meeting agenda.

Northern Aquatic and Community Hub

The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub is a major redevelopment of Waterworld and Centenary Hall in Norlane, which will provide world class aquatic, health and recreation facilities for the community in Geelong’s northern suburbs and beyond.

It is being delivered through a $44.84 commitment from the Council, with the help of significant contributions from the Victorian Government ($8.5 million) and Australian Government ($8.262 million).

The proposed construction contract to be considered by the Council is for just under $54.73 million, within the project’s total $61.6 million budget.

North Bellarine Aquatic Centre – Stage 1

Stage 1 of the North Bellarine Aquatic Centre will see construction of a heated 50m outdoor pool and supporting facilities at the Drysdale Sports Precinct.

It is a partnership between the Australian Government, which has contributed $10 million, and the Council ($5.15 million).

The proposed construction contract is for just over $13.03 million. With internal costs factored in, this would see the project delivered within the total budget.

Armstrong Creek West Community Hub

The Armstrong Creek West Community Hub, to be built on Unity Drive, will provide a new kindergarten, Maternal Child Health, consulting services, and multipurpose community and activity spaces.

A $13 million project, it is being funded with the help of $2.25 million from the Victorian Government, with the remainder coming from the City of Greater Geelong. The proposed construction contract is for $11.45 million.

For all three projects, Council will consider a panel recommendation for a preferred tenderer, identified via a competitive open process.

Geelong Mayor, Stephanie Asher, said the meeting would be significant for a number of communities.

“These projects are spread out in different parts of our region and all shape as very important for their local communities,” Mayor Asher said.

The next Council meeting on 14 December is at City Hall and will begin at 6pm. The agenda is now available online at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/meetings

The meeting will be open to the community (all attendees must be fully vaccinated) and can be viewed live online.

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