Hepburn Shire Council will next week issue a call for tender for the construction of the $1.6M Daylesford Pool and Civic Plaza project, which will rejuvenate the pool area and create a plaza connecting the Pool to the Town Hall.

Hepburn Shire Council CEO Evan King said the project is expected to be ready for the summer of 2021/2022.

The project includes a new pavilion with male, female, family and accessible change rooms and a new entry and kiosk. There will also be upgrades to the pool and surroundings, including a new toddler pool with water play features, accessible ramps and new shade sails.

The main pool will also get a ‘pool pod’ to allow people with impaired mobility to get in and out of the pool safely and with dignity.

Detailed plans are available on the Shire’s website here and here.

When the project was announced earlier in the year, there was unfavourable comment on local social media, with people concerned that investment in the outdoor pool would come at the expense of an indoor, all-year-round facility.

Council has now received funding to develop its Aquatics Strategy to consider future options including types of facility (indoor/outdoor) and examine the Shire’s needs and capacity for the next ten years. The current pool project is independent of that review.

Concerning the new Civic Plaza, Mr King said it will become a place to relax and meet with friends and family.

“The Plaza will be filled with seasonal garden beds and seating, and be set up so coffee vans and food trucks can add some dining options for those lazy late summer afternoons at the pool.”

The project is funded by the Shire, with significant contributions from the State Government’s Regional Development Victoria (RDV) Regional Infrastructure Fund and Sports and Recreation Victoria (SRV) Community Sports Infrastructure Fund as well as funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Fund.

“Construction will start after the coming pool season and we should be making our first splashes in the new facility by next summer,” said Mr King.