Northern ARC Health and Wellbeing Hub

The Northern ARC Health and Wellbeing Hub, proposed on the current Waterworld site, develops the precinct into a world-class, integrated community health and wellbeing hub.

The north Geelong suburbs of Corio, Norlane and North Shore are among the most disadvantaged postcodes in Victoria. While facing critical issues of obesity and declining health, the area also lacks health and fitness facilities and services, as well as community meeting places.

Waterworld, located in Norlane, is 50 years old and reaching end-of-life. Parts of the facility have already been decommissioned and participation has been declining as people disengage from the aging infrastructure.

The new Northern ARC facility is costed at $61.6 million and would integrate with Barwon Health North; a $33 million health facility being built by the state government on the site.

Services and facilities

These will include:

  • 25 metre pool
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Leisure pool
  • Spa, sauna and steam room
  • Gym and group exercise
  • Café
  • Multipurpose community spaces
  • Consulting suites (for example: for maternal child health)
  • Early years care
  • Learn to Swim program

Current status of Northern ARC

  • Council funded a master plan for the site and has endorsed a business case (completed by Deloitte).
  • Council has earmarked $20.6 million in its forward budget to the project.
  • Council is seeking state and federal funding for the remaining $41 million for the project.
  • State government will begin construction of the Barwon Health North facility, on the same site, in 2018.

Next steps

Design of the new health & wellbeing hub will commence in early 2018.

Council will run community engagement sessions in 2018.

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Page last updated: Thursday, 16 November 2017