Council found out on Wednesday that their application for an additional $500,000 funding for the Daylesford Aquatic and Civic Plaza Precinct from the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund has been approved.

The project is part of the redevelopment of the Daylesford Town Hall precinct. It will allow disabled access to the Senior Citizens Rooms and the Town Hall from Central Springs Rd as well as creating green space near the centre of town for markets, exhibitions and community gatherings.

The pool redevelopment proposal (available here from the Council website) will include a new kiosk, family-friendly change rooms, new toddler pool beach access and solar heating. The existing trees will be retained but the pool surrounds will be re-landscaped to provide more shade and areas for relaxation.

In announcing the grant from the Regional Infrastructure Fund, Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said “Families across the Daylesford and Hepburn community have been eager to see upgrades to their pool and the facilities surrounding the pool precinct – which is what makes this funding so important.”

Including a previous grant of $200,000 from Sport and Recreation and substantial Council funding, $1.53 million will be spent on the redevelopment.

Responding to the Council’s announcement, many residents have called for an indoor pool to be built as a priority, both for general community use during the winter and for hydrotherapy. The Daylesford Indoor Aquatic Centre Association has supported Council’a application to the State government for funding  to develop an Aquatic Strategy for the Shire that that addresses the ageing and out-of-date aquatic infrastructure across the Shire.

Council offered opportunities for the community to comment on the development proposal in April 2018. Further opportunities for public comment on the redevelopment will be possible throughout 2020.