PART of the Cowes Cultural and Civic Precinct has been selected as the suitable site for the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre.
The Bass Coast Shire Council-owned land was identified in the Cowes Activity Centre Plan adopted in June, and was then selected by the Phillip Island Aquatic Working Group as the preferred site.
Working Group Chair, Cr Bradley Drew, said the group had used the site selection process outlined in the Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy to determine the most suitable site for future development of the aquatic facility.
“Since the Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy was adopted by the council at the June meeting, it’s been a busy time for the group undertaking the Site Selection Process,” Cr Drew said.
“We assessed four sites – Phillip Island Recreation Reserve, CA79 Hilton Chadwick Reserve, the Newhaven College site, and of course the site identified in the adopted Cowes Activity Centre Plan that was eventually chosen.”
The following Site Selection Criteria were used to assist in identifying the preferred site:
• Site area available for development
• Land ownership
• Any conditions of use
• Available site services and their capacities
• Town planning and neighbourhood impacts information
• Capacity for partnership funding/development
Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund secretary and member of the Working Group, Peter McMahon, said the group is looking forward to working on the concept plan for the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre this financial year.
“Once completed, the concept plan will open up the opportunities to secure state and federal funding in the future,” Mr McMahon said.
The Phillip Island Aquatic Working Group meets regularly and consists of membership from the council, the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund, Phillip Island Swim Club, Bass Coast Health, Bass Coast YMCA and Newhaven College.
Cr Bradley Drew said he is excited about the opportunity for the proposed Phillip Island Aquatic Centre.
“The proposed centre will add value to the civic precinct that will, subject to successfully securing funding, include a redeveloped civic precinct, future transport hub, and the proposed new Phillip Island Health and Medical Hub,” Cr Drew said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to reactivate Cowes between Church and Chapel Street.”
Community input into the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre will be part of the concept design phase which will be undertaken in the 2015/16 financial year.