What are the indicative timeframes for the re-development?

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

    What is being built?

    The new aquatic facilities will be fully accessible and include:

    • New warm water pool with ramp entry;
    • New interactive water play pool with both beach entry and an access ramp;
    • New spa and sauna;
    • New Changing Places all abilities change room;
    • New on deck change village;
    • New family and accessible change rooms;
    • New Pool Pod, a self-assisted entry device fitted to the 25 metre Pool;
    • Wider pool deck areas between pools and change facilities;
    • Additional storage areas;
    • New pool plant and equipment;
    • Expanded Reception, Café and socialising areas;
    • New landscaped outdoor area that integrates the indoor pool to the outside environment;
    • A pedestrian mall at the entrance to the Centre; and
    • The existing 25 metre x 8 lane indoor swimming pool will be retained.

    What will remain open during construction?

    During construction the gym, group fitness classes, crèche, and stadium will largely continue to operate as normal. The 25 metre pool will remain open during the construction period with altered entries and change room access.

    Altered entryways, a smaller reception area will operate during the construction period.

    Once construction commences there will be no access to the current children’s pool, spa and sauna.

    Will the entire facility close during construction?

    It is anticipated that only the aquatic component of the facility will close at certain times.

    However, the building of construction hoardings or changing water, gas and electrical mains and boards may require a brief closure to the entire centre.

    There may be times when the dry facilities experience changed entryways or other operational impacts but these areas should be otherwise unaffected by the development.

    What happens to my membership during construction?

    Memberships will continue to operate as normal. During periods when the whole aquatics area is shut Wet and Aquatic direct debit members will be encouraged to take advantage of their unlimited suspension period. Wet and Aquatic term based members will have their contracts extended for the length of the shutdown.

    Members are also encouraged to utilise their membership at either the Lakes Entrance Aquadome or one of our outdoor pools.

    I pay casually for a swim, will my entry price be reduced?

    Casual aquatic entry fees were reduced from 1 July 2017 in anticipation of the redevelopment commencing during 2017/18. This reduction was to compensate for the reduced level of facilities available during construction.

    Where can I swim when the aquatic facility closes?

    During the closure of part or all of the Aquatics Area the following aquatic facilities are recommended:

    • Bairnsdale Outdoor Pool (summer seasonal pool) – 5 minutes
    • Lakes Entrance Aquadome – 35 minutes
    • Orbost Outdoor Pool (summer seasonal pool)– 45 minutes
    • AquaEnergy - Sale – 45 minutes

    What happens to swimming lessons and other aquatic programs?

    All efforts are being made to continue the operation of all of aquatic programs, however they may be impacted by the noise and inconvenience of construction or changes to timeslots. BARC staff will endeavor to provide as much notice of these changes as possible.

    From the commencement of Term 1 2018 all learn to swim lessons, including school groups, will be held in the main pool. This will be achieved with the assistance of underwater platforms for younger children to stand on. To cater for infant swimming lessons the pool temperature will be increased to 32 degrees on Saturdays for the duration of construction. 

    Aqua Aerobics will continue as scheduled while the 25 metre pool is operational.

    Will car parking be impacted by the development?

    All efforts will be made to minimise the impact on car parking at the BARC. A number of car parks will be closed during construction, including the disabled parking bays.  These will be relocated to a position as close as possible to the facility entrance.

    A key safety focus of the site layout is to limit the interaction between construction vehicles and the public. This strategy will be monitored throughout the project and alterations made if the need arises.

    Ample car parking is available on the grass area adjacent to the main car park.

    How can I stay up to date on what is happening with the redevelopment?

    Join your re-development mailing list to receive regular email updates on the progress of the works.

    This can be done either at the BARC reception or online.