THERE may be a few hot summers to go but new plans reveal City of Swan will start building an aquatic centre in Ellenbrook in 2017.
Councillors recently approved the City of Swan’s aquatic plan, which maps out where new facilities will be built over the next two decades.
A $50 million aquatic centre in Ellenbrook at the District Open Space is the first priority, with City staff already preparing the tender request for the design of the facility.
It will take two to three years to build.
Initial plans include a 25m indoor pool, separate leisure pool, spa, sauna, creche and other health and wellness amenities.
Earlier this year, the State Government contributed $5 million towards the Ellenbrook District Open Space and $2 million towards an aquatic facility.
City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said he would be advocating for and applying for more funds to offset the cost to residents.
Mr Foley said the pool design was open to suggestions.
“The City is preparing a strategy to enable its residents to find out more about the proposed facility and to provide comment for consideration,” he said.
The long-term vision for Swan’s future aquatic requirements also includes a $50 million leisure centre at Whiteman Park to serve the wider region.
More feasibility studies need to be done but early plans include a 50m pool, diving and water polo pool and a variety of other pools for varying swimming abilities.
This facility would be co-located with the planned Whiteman Park Regional Open Space slightly east of the corner of Beechboro and Marshall roads.
Detailed designing is scheduled to start in 2025.
West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said the Government had walked away from its promise to build a pool in Ellenbrook and welcomed the steps taken by the City of Swan to make it happen.
“Ellenbrook and its surrounds are growing rapidly and these types of facilities are greatly needed,” she said.
“While this report is a step in the right direction, I won’t stop fighting for the pool until construction begins.”