Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre Re-development

An image of the front entrance of Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre

About the project

Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC) was constructed in 1995. The crèche, group fitness room, gym, stadium and air handling facilities have undergone some upgrades since, however the aquatic section has not.

The Centre currently has an annual attendance in excess of 240,000 visitors and is the busiest municipal facility in East Gippsland.

Extensive planning and community consultation have been undertaken over the last seven years. This included the creation of an Aquatic Strategy and Feasibility Study, which are endorsed by Council.

The Feasibility Study endorsed by Council in 2015 nominated BARC to provide improved aquatic facilities for the residents of East Gippsland, in line with modern standards and community expectations.

The need for improved facilities was identified within Council’s Aquatic Strategy 2015- 2019. The current facility no longer meets the needs of the East Gippsland community. The new facility provides Shire-wide benefit and caters for all age groups. The warm water pool will respond to the needs from a diverse range of the community.

The cost is approximately $6.55 million. East Gippsland Shire Council has made a commitment of $3.55 million towards the project and there has been a $3 million contribution from the Victorian Government.


Construction is anticipated to begin in February 2018, with the new aquatic area expected to be open by Easter 2019.

How can you know more or provide feedback?

About the project

Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC) was constructed in 1995. The crèche, group fitness room, gym, stadium and air handling facilities have undergone some upgrades since, however the aquatic section has not.

The Centre currently has an annual attendance in excess of 240,000 visitors and is the busiest municipal facility in East Gippsland.

Extensive planning and community consultation have been undertaken over the last seven years. This included the creation of an Aquatic Strategy and Feasibility Study, which are endorsed by Council.

The Feasibility Study endorsed by Council in 2015 nominated BARC to provide improved aquatic facilities for the residents of East Gippsland, in line with modern standards and community expectations.

The need for improved facilities was identified within Council’s Aquatic Strategy 2015- 2019. The current facility no longer meets the needs of the East Gippsland community. The new facility provides Shire-wide benefit and caters for all age groups. The warm water pool will respond to the needs from a diverse range of the community.

The cost is approximately $6.55 million. East Gippsland Shire Council has made a commitment of $3.55 million towards the project and there has been a $3 million contribution from the Victorian Government.


Construction is anticipated to begin in February 2018, with the new aquatic area expected to be open by Easter 2019.

How can you know more or provide feedback?

  • Latest news: February 21, 2018

    about 1 year ago

    Due to our current works, these areas are closed:

    • Toddler pool;
    • Spa;
    • Sauna;
    • Café; and
    • Foyer.

    Entry to the BARC is through the Forge Theatre.

    If you would like to stay up to date on the progress of the redevelopment please subscribe to our mailing list.

    Due to our current works, these areas are closed:

    • Toddler pool;
    • Spa;
    • Sauna;
    • Café; and
    • Foyer.

    Entry to the BARC is through the Forge Theatre.

    If you would like to stay up to date on the progress of the redevelopment please subscribe to our mailing list.