Moorabool Council will vote tonight (6pm Wednesday) on masterplan options that could see a Bacchus Marsh indoor pool built in Taverner St.

Councillors are expected to vote to endorse one of three options for the space known as ‘Siberia’ (next to Maddingely Park) together with a block of vacant land that stretches as far as Fisken St.

If accepted, it would then proceed to detailed design for an indoor sports and aquatic facility.

Staff have recommended option 1A which would see Bacchus Marsh’s two lawn bowls clubs moved to three new greens at the site (Fisken St end), four-court indoor stadium (centre), an indoor pool (stage 2 in Siberia), kiosk, admin area and 200 car spaces.  It would also mean integration opportunities for Maddingley Park next door.

According to a report to be presented tonight, if the facility had a single entry, kiosk and office area, it could make $88,000 in operating revenue a year and generate an “optimistic case revenue” of $445,000 per annum, based on current population trends.

With two standalone buildings, it would $116,000 and generate $286,000.

The business model estimates the facility will be open 6am-10pm weekdays and 7am-8.30pm weekends.

The report also predicts that the preferred option will employ the equivalent of 39.7 people full time, including 16.5 in the aquatics area and five in the kiosk.

The report discusses moving current ‘Siberia’ user groups to the Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Recreation Reserve, more than 4km away.

It also stated there may bee opportunities for sports centre sponsorship, once the project develops further.

The report comparted the proposal to the Bellarine Sports and Aquatic Centre in Ocean Grove, which on average attracts 435,000 visits a year (200,000 for swimming) in a catchment of 16,000 people.

Aquazone Warrnambool records up to 450,000 visits a year from a catchment of up to 35,000 people.

Both make an annual operating deficit of between $300,000 and $450,000 a year.

The report also details possible masterplans for Mill Park Ballan and Peppertree Park Bacchus Marsh – both including splash parks.

The 6pm Darley meeting will be live-streamed via the Moorabool Shire Council website. Click here

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