Northern Aquatic and Community Hub

The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub is a proposed major redevelopment of Waterworld and Centenary Hall in Norlane.

It would deliver a state-of-the-art aquatic and community facility for the Geelong region in our northern suburbs, creating life changing health and wellbeing benefits.

We have committed $20.6 million for this project – our largest ever social infrastructure contribution.

We are seeking matching funding from the state and federal governments to make up the total $61.6 million required for this world class development.

Here’s a sneak peek at how this incredible facility will look:

Services and facilities

The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub will feature a wide range of modern, world class facilities and services designed to help people of all ages improve their physical and mental health, create social connections and experience better overall wellbeing.

It’s estimated the facility would attract 600,000 visits per year, delivering $111 million in preventative health benefits during its first decade in operation.

The exciting plans include:

  • 25-metre pool, hydrotherapy pool, Learn to Swim pool, water play area and waterslide
  • spa, sauna and steam room
  • café
  • gym and group exercise
  • multi-purpose community spaces, including a large community hall
  • consulting suites for maternal child health
  • early childhood care and
  • rehabilitation services.

The community hall will be the best of its kind in Greater Geelong, with capacity to host up to 400 people for a range of gatherings, performances and events.

Current status

We have so far invested $1.4 million to progress the Northern Aquatic and Community Hub through its first three design stages, which have been completed with extensive help and input from the community.

On 21 September 2020, the Council agreed to allocate a further $800,000 to complete the fourth and final design stage, which will get the project ‘shovel ready’.

This means it will be ready to be put out for construction tender as soon as it’s fully funded.

The Council also voted to change the working title of the project, which was previously ‘Northern ARC’.

Next steps

By progressing to 'shovel ready' stage, we aim to remove barriers and position the project as a top priority for COVID-19 stimulus funding from the state and federal governments.

Already the Council’s top infrastructure priority, we believe this project is now more vital than ever as the Greater Geelong community seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, given it will:

  • Help to address the severe physical and mental health challenges caused by the pandemic and resulting stay-at-home restrictions; and
  • Stimulate our economy and create jobs in a difficult financial climate.

It’s estimated construction will inject $67 million into our local economy and support 111 local jobs.

Senior leaders from 11 prominent local organisations, including G21 Geelong Region Alliance, the Committee for Geelong and the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, have declared their support for the Northern Aquatic and Community Hub.

We encourage our community to continue to lobby and support this critical, transformational project for our northern suburbs and the entire Geelong region.

Need to know more...

Contact Kristyn Aquilina by email: [email protected].

Page last updated: Monday, 3 May 2021