MLC and CCGS hopeful to start building new aquatic precinct by mid-December

Artist impression of the new joint aquatic precinct.
Artist impression of the new joint aquatic precinct from a corner angle.
Artist impression of the new joint aquatic precinct. Artist impression of the new joint aquatic precinct from a corner angle.

CONSTRUCTION of a joint aquatic precinct, to be used by Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) and Christ Church Grammar School (CCGS), could begin as early as next month.

The Town of Claremont approved the joint development application in November to build a new 40x25m pool on MLC land with MLC school crest signage, the relocation of 19 car parking bays, modifications to the MLC change rooms and a communal student area at CCGS.

The proposed facility will include the existing CCGS 50m pool, along with the new pool, all enclosed by a single fence.

“I’m really excited to be principal at a time when we’re hoping to fulfil a community project we’ve wanted for many years,” said MLC principal Dr Marie Perry.

“This aquatic precinct will be fully heated and will allow our students to swim all year round.”

The grassed area in front of the existing MLC sports hall, visible from Stirling Highway, will be removed to make way for the new pool.

It will be multi-purpose, operating as either a 25m lap training pool, an Olympic-sized water polo court or two 20x25m water polo training courts.

However, it will only be used by MLC and CCGS to host minor inter-school, intra-school, and weekend and training activities – excluding major inter-school events or use by external clubs.

Principal of Christ Church Alan Jones said the joint aquatic precinct will be among the best of its kind across independent schools in Australia.

“Health and wellbeing is such a significant part of our education program, and both schools will be able to utilise the facilities for their respective physical education lessons and sports programs,” he said.

“With a shortage of water polo facilities in Perth, we are certainly looking forward to being able to train and play our home PSA fixtures in the new pool.”

MLC is fundraising for the aquatic precinct and both schools will announce the progress by the end of November.

The school has a $1 million fundraising target and anticipate the new facility will be ready for use by 2020.