Swim Centres

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Thank you for your feedback on the proposed new concepts for the Charlestown and Swansea Leisure Centres. Council values your comments and has incorporated your feedback into the latest designs.

Council’s Leisure Services team was pleased with the overall positive response to the proposed changes during consultation and has been working towards achieving the right mix of services at each centre.

Council has collated and analysed all the online and information booth comments received, and considered what design changes could be made to accommodate the community’s feedback. A number of changes were made to the designs for both proposed new Leisure Centres.


Thank you for your feedback on the proposed new concepts for the Charlestown and Swansea Leisure Centres. Council values your comments and has incorporated your feedback into the latest designs.

Council’s Leisure Services team was pleased with the overall positive response to the proposed changes during consultation and has been working towards achieving the right mix of services at each centre.

Council has collated and analysed all the online and information booth comments received, and considered what design changes could be made to accommodate the community’s feedback. A number of changes were made to the designs for both proposed new Leisure Centres.


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    What works are proposed in the plans?

    over 6 years ago

    Lake Macquarie City Council is developing plans to upgrade the Charlestown and Swansea Swim centres into modern leisure centres. Each centre will be focused around aquatics but also provide other wellbeing services.




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    What impact will there be on the facilities?

    over 6 years ago

    Funding is for planning and design so there are no immediate impacts on facilities.




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    When will works commence?

    over 6 years ago

    At this stage there is no start date. Design has commenced and Council expects the DA to be lodged this year. The designs will be then used to seek extra funding for the detailed design and construction.




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    Why is Council only designing to DA stage?

    over 6 years ago

    The model of designing a project that is “shovel ready” was successful for the Fernleigh Track and Council believes this strategy will also work for Charlestown and Swansea Swim Centres.






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    Why is Council proposing to close Channel street at Swansea?

    about 6 years ago

    The proposed closure of Channel Street will help to create a connection between the leisure centre, the channel, and the bike path. The closure would also allow for the creation of a recreational area with views over the Channel that can be enjoyed without traffic noise. The roundabout at the entrance will assist safe traffic flow along Belmont St.

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    Why is Council only doing concept designs for Charlestown and Swansea?

    about 6 years ago

    All of Councils swim centres are aging and in 2009, Council resolved to adopt the Pool Service Delivery Model (PSDM) as the strategy for the future development of the City’s public swimming centres. In 2013 Council resolved to support the development of plans for Charlestown and Swansea Swim Centres to the development application stage as the two highest priorities.




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    Will the proposed new child care facilities impact upon the current child care facility in Mulbinga St?

    about 6 years ago

    There will be no impact to the child care facilities at this time. The existing centre will benefit from formalised entry and car parking proposed in the concept designs.



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    Why does the proposal for Swansea not include lap swimming all year round?

    Tom_J Asked about 6 years ago

    Your feedback to include all-year-round lap swimming at Swansea will be considered in the feasibility analysis, including both the year-round operation of the outdoor 50m as shown, as well as the modification and extension of the indoor facility. While the concept design does not however preclude the potential for year operation of the outdoor pool, preparation of the concept design and the Pool Service Delivery Model showed that the cost to provide lap swimming all year round was not considered economical for a centre with a catchment the size of Swansea and the pools current usage patterns. The challenge for the current concept design included the need to ensure the facility is fit for purpose and caters for current and projected needs.




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    Why does the proposal for Swansea not include a healthy food cafe that takes advantage of the great views and location? This could easily be setup with seating both inside the swim centre and outside. This would be a welcome tourist destination for Swansea and boost revenues.

    Tom_J Asked about 6 years ago

    Thank you for this great suggestion. The kiosk shown will provide healthy food options and also provide an excellent vantage point to sit and enjoy the views. The addition of seating both inside and outside would include an additional spatial requirement that will be considered in the feasibility analysis and design modifications going forward.



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    Why does the indoor pool proposal for Swansea have swimming lanes that are just 10 to 20 feet long. Basically millions of dollar are being spent to provide a few tiny learn to swim lanes. Is this the best use of Council monies?

    Tom_J Asked about 6 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The concept designs are based upon community feedback undertaken for the 2009 Pool Service Delivery Model in preparing the mix of facilities proposed. The indoor pool accomodates multiple purposes and provides many uses for the broad community. Along with learn-to-swim classes, the pool can also be configured for aqua fitness. Depending
    on the programming and management of the pool, a pool of this size can accommodate a swim school of approximately 1000-1600 children per year. This mix of facilities is also supported by catchment analysis and associated feasibility on potential usage patterns. We are happy to receive further feedback on the suggested mix of facilities, or size of indoor facility component.