Cleveland Aquatic Centre upgrade: call for ideas

Redland City Council is calling for community ideas on a possible major upgrade to the much-loved Cleveland Aquatic Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the original facility was built almost 40 years ago, and the time had come for the area to be renewed and improved.

“We want to hear from the community about the possibility of creating an integrated aquatic and emergency precinct, including the option of a public/private partnership to redevelop the site, to help build world class community facilities while mitigating ongoing cost to ratepayers,” she said.

“There is enormous potential to create a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates recreational use, wellbeing and warm water therapy areas; as well as event and training areas for swimmers and emergency services personnel.

“As part of the proposal we are looking to have the state-owned Cleveland Aquatic Centre and adjoining State Emergency Services land transferred to Council so the aquatic centre can be developed into a new community facility.

Cr Williams said the land will remain as community purpose, with public access to the facility to be guaranteed.

“At the moment it is only a proposal and subject to community feedback, necessary approvals and funding opportunities and partnerships – but it is important that people take the opportunity to be involved in this early-stage planning,” she said.

“Pending future approvals, Council has committed $21 million based on the current project scope, with our proposed timeline seeing new facilities open in 2020.”

Divisional Councillor for Cleveland Peter Mitchell said the proposal took into account the various user groups for aquatic facilities in Redlands.

“We want to ensure this space remains a multi-functional recreational precinct, catering for all users from young families and the elderly to elite sporting events.

“Our current proposal includes facilities such new pools, a new grandstand, café and kitchen, gym and amenities, as well as improved parking and site access.

“We’ve put some possibilities on paper, and we’d love to hear residents’ thoughts on them and any other ideas they may have as well.”

Community feedback on the proposal is invited until 19 April 2017, with further round of consultation to be undertaken when development plans are drawn up.

To see the details on the project and have your say on the project visit Council’s Your Say Redland City website.