Warringah Aquatic Centre (WAC) Site Development Strategy

Consultation has concluded

Council is preparing a Site Development Strategy to determine how the Warringah Aquatic Centre site will meet the aquatic, sport and recreational needs of the community into the future. 

Warringah Council has engaged a team of specialists headed by leisure planning and management consultants, Strategic Leisure Group, to assist in developing the strategy.

Council is committed to retaining the main indoor pool and investigations confirm it is structurally sound. However after 30 years of operations Council needs to ensure the site facilities are commercially sustainable and relevant for the future.

The study will determine a long-term development strategy for improvements at the Warringah Aquatic Centre site, both aquatic and non-aquatic, that are financially sustainable and best meet current and future community needs.

Council is committed to engaging the community on this important project. Click here to find out how to be involved.

For more information on this project refer to the library, the frequently asked questions and the site map.

Council is preparing a Site Development Strategy to determine how the Warringah Aquatic Centre site will meet the aquatic, sport and recreational needs of the community into the future. 

Warringah Council has engaged a team of specialists headed by leisure planning and management consultants, Strategic Leisure Group, to assist in developing the strategy.

Council is committed to retaining the main indoor pool and investigations confirm it is structurally sound. However after 30 years of operations Council needs to ensure the site facilities are commercially sustainable and relevant for the future.

The study will determine a long-term development strategy for improvements at the Warringah Aquatic Centre site, both aquatic and non-aquatic, that are financially sustainable and best meet current and future community needs.

Council is committed to engaging the community on this important project. Click here to find out how to be involved.

For more information on this project refer to the library, the frequently asked questions and the site map.

Consultation has concluded
  • Project Closure

    about 3 years ago

    Following a Council resolution of March 2013, Council has further investigated options for the development of the Aquatic Centre site.

    Four development options were evaluated that sought to fully reflect stakeholder and community needs and values, and balance this with financial sustainability. A preferred option was recommended.

    On 23 September 2014, a report was presented to Council that stated the outcomes of this investigation. The report noted that Option 4B is the preferred option, which retains the 50m pool in line with community consultation. However the report also noted that the preferred option requires the substantial funding of $10 million sought by Council through the Special Rate Variation. As a consequence of the rate variation not being approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), the funding is not available and this project cannot proceed.

    At the 23 September meeting, Council resolved to:

    A. Note the IPART decision and that the redevelopment of the Warringah Aquatic Centre will not proceed;
    B. Note that Option 4B, which retains the 50m pool in line with community consultation is the preferred option if funds were to become available;
    C. Discontinue the Strategic Advisory Group and formally thank all members for their valuable input;
    D. Further investigate options to provide a more sustainable development for the Warringah Aquatic Centre site such as; investigation of potential partnerships, additional funding sources and opportunities presented by the Frenchs Forest Hospital development.


    The project page on Your Say Warringah has been the main platform for information and feedback during the consultation. Council thanks all community members who have participated and provided valuable input on this project. The project page is now closed in line with the Council Resolution.

    Following a Council resolution of March 2013, Council has further investigated options for the development of the Aquatic Centre site.

    Four development options were evaluated that sought to fully reflect stakeholder and community needs and values, and balance this with financial sustainability. A preferred option was recommended.

    On 23 September 2014, a report was presented to Council that stated the outcomes of this investigation. The report noted that Option 4B is the preferred option, which retains the 50m pool in line with community consultation. However the report also noted that the preferred option requires the substantial funding of $10 million sought by Council through the Special Rate Variation. As a consequence of the rate variation not being approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), the funding is not available and this project cannot proceed.

    At the 23 September meeting, Council resolved to:

    A. Note the IPART decision and that the redevelopment of the Warringah Aquatic Centre will not proceed;
    B. Note that Option 4B, which retains the 50m pool in line with community consultation is the preferred option if funds were to become available;
    C. Discontinue the Strategic Advisory Group and formally thank all members for their valuable input;
    D. Further investigate options to provide a more sustainable development for the Warringah Aquatic Centre site such as; investigation of potential partnerships, additional funding sources and opportunities presented by the Frenchs Forest Hospital development.


    The project page on Your Say Warringah has been the main platform for information and feedback during the consultation. Council thanks all community members who have participated and provided valuable input on this project. The project page is now closed in line with the Council Resolution.

  • Final report presented to Council

    by site admin 1, over 4 years ago

    Following the presentation of a Council Report outlining the results of an independent Site Development Study, Council resolved on the 26 March 2013 to further investigate options for the development of the Aquatic Centre site that does not include keeping the 50 metre pool. This will include potential partnerships and alternative funding sources.   

    The study looked at how the site was currently operating, collected extensive community feedback on their vision for the future of the site and also modelled potential future uses and development. View the the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy - Final Report  (March 2013) .

    The report considered a number of options and found that: 

    • The community supports an upgrade
    • The community wants a mix of different pools as well as new facilities to cater for other sports such as indoor courts
    • Continuing to fund the centre in its current configuration is not financially sustainable for Council
    • Reconfiguring or closing the 50 metre pool would allow a wider range of solutions that could make the site more financially viable. 

     

    Following the presentation of a Council Report outlining the results of an independent Site Development Study, Council resolved on the 26 March 2013 to further investigate options for the development of the Aquatic Centre site that does not include keeping the 50 metre pool. This will include potential partnerships and alternative funding sources.   

    The study looked at how the site was currently operating, collected extensive community feedback on their vision for the future of the site and also modelled potential future uses and development. View the the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy - Final Report  (March 2013) .

    The report considered a number of options and found that: 

    • The community supports an upgrade
    • The community wants a mix of different pools as well as new facilities to cater for other sports such as indoor courts
    • Continuing to fund the centre in its current configuration is not financially sustainable for Council
    • Reconfiguring or closing the 50 metre pool would allow a wider range of solutions that could make the site more financially viable. 

     

  • WAC Stakeholder Advisory Group

    about 5 years ago

    A stakeholder advisory group was established in April 2012 to provide ongoing input to the development of the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy.

    The group consists of approx 15 members including representatives from:

    • Current swimming clubs and users
    • Potential user groups ie futsal, basketball, netball
    • Members of Council's Community Strategic Reference groups
    • Baseball
    • 3 randomly selected community members including one youth

     For more information contact Group Manager Warringah Aquatic Centre on 9451 8000.

    A stakeholder advisory group was established in April 2012 to provide ongoing input to the development of the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy.

    The group consists of approx 15 members including representatives from:

    • Current swimming clubs and users
    • Potential user groups ie futsal, basketball, netball
    • Members of Council's Community Strategic Reference groups
    • Baseball
    • 3 randomly selected community members including one youth

     For more information contact Group Manager Warringah Aquatic Centre on 9451 8000.

  • Have your say on the draft masterplan August 2012

    over 5 years ago
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    There are a number of opportunities to be involved in providing input on the draft masterplan.

    View the draft plans  and project summary.

    • Come along to the 'Meet the Team' session on Saturday 1 September from 12-3pm at the WAC
    • Complete the online feedback form
    • Send comments by email to jason@strategicleisure.com.au
    • Write to Council, addressed "WAC Masterplan", 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099

    Comments close 23 September 2012

    There are a number of opportunities to be involved in providing input on the draft masterplan.

    View the draft plans  and project summary.

    • Come along to the 'Meet the Team' session on Saturday 1 September from 12-3pm at the WAC
    • Complete the online feedback form
    • Send comments by email to jason@strategicleisure.com.au
    • Write to Council, addressed "WAC Masterplan", 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099

    Comments close 23 September 2012

  • Project Update August 2012

    over 5 years ago

    A draft masterplan has been created for the Warringah Aquatic Centre (WAC) and surrounding site - demonstrating how it may be used in the future. The plan comes after community consultation into how the WAC can stay viable into the future and how recreational facilities could be expanded to meet wider community needs.

    The masterplan includes better accessibility, a new gym, indoor sports courts, fun and splash zone, café and eating areas, new learn to swim pool, changing room upgrades etc. View the draft plans  and project summary.

    Your input is important at this early stage as we finalise the feasibility study and this will assist in determining the final mix of facilities.

    The implementation of these concepts may be staged depending on funding availability and to maximise financial and community benefits.

    For more information please contact Jason Leslie by email at jason@strategicleisure.com.au or by phone on 0437 334 375.

    A draft masterplan has been created for the Warringah Aquatic Centre (WAC) and surrounding site - demonstrating how it may be used in the future. The plan comes after community consultation into how the WAC can stay viable into the future and how recreational facilities could be expanded to meet wider community needs.

    The masterplan includes better accessibility, a new gym, indoor sports courts, fun and splash zone, café and eating areas, new learn to swim pool, changing room upgrades etc. View the draft plans  and project summary.

    Your input is important at this early stage as we finalise the feasibility study and this will assist in determining the final mix of facilities.

    The implementation of these concepts may be staged depending on funding availability and to maximise financial and community benefits.

    For more information please contact Jason Leslie by email at jason@strategicleisure.com.au or by phone on 0437 334 375.

  • Stakeholder Advisory Group

    over 5 years ago

    Warringah Council is seeking nominations from community members to participate in the Warringah Aquatic Centre Stakeholder Advisory Group.

    If you are interested please email warringah@strategicleisure.com.au or call 1300 734 626 by 9am Monday 12 March 2012.

    Three local community representatives will be randomly selected to sit on the advisory group with other key stakeholders.

    Warringah Council is seeking nominations from community members to participate in the Warringah Aquatic Centre Stakeholder Advisory Group.

    If you are interested please email warringah@strategicleisure.com.au or call 1300 734 626 by 9am Monday 12 March 2012.

    Three local community representatives will be randomly selected to sit on the advisory group with other key stakeholders.

  • Media Release March 2012

    over 5 years ago

    Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy

    Warringah Council is asking for community views to help it build better facilities at the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site.

    “We want this site to be a relevant and vibrant recreational hub for the next 30 years,” said Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan.

    Council is asking the community to submit ideas about how the site could be used in the future, including both aquatic and non-aquatic opportunities.

    “We’re committed to keeping the main pool but are open to suggestions about what facilities we could add to make it better for all the community,” said the Mayor.

    A team of consultants led by leisure planning and management specialists the Strategic Leisure Group have been engaged to undertake this significant project.

    Over the next few months there will be a number of ways to be involved including surveys, focus groups, stakeholder advisory group and workshops.

    The ideas and comments will be used to produce several design options for further community input.

    Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy

    Warringah Council is asking for community views to help it build better facilities at the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site.

    “We want this site to be a relevant and vibrant recreational hub for the next 30 years,” said Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan.

    Council is asking the community to submit ideas about how the site could be used in the future, including both aquatic and non-aquatic opportunities.

    “We’re committed to keeping the main pool but are open to suggestions about what facilities we could add to make it better for all the community,” said the Mayor.

    A team of consultants led by leisure planning and management specialists the Strategic Leisure Group have been engaged to undertake this significant project.

    Over the next few months there will be a number of ways to be involved including surveys, focus groups, stakeholder advisory group and workshops.

    The ideas and comments will be used to produce several design options for further community input.

  • Background information

    over 5 years ago

    There have been a number of previous studies which confirmed that the main indoor pool is structurally sound. However after 30 years of operations Council needs to ensure the sites’s facilities are commercially sustainable and relevant for the future.

    This study will determine a long-term development strategy for improvements at the Warringah Aquatic Centre site, both aquatic and non-aquatic, that are financially sustainable and best meet current and future community needs.

    At this early stage of the project the consultants are undertaking background research and preliminary consultation. Council welcomes your participation in this project and there are a number of ways to be involved including the initial Online Forum.

    A series of research projects and feasibility studies have been carried out in previous years and these can be accessed in the library. Following initial consultations and review of previous studies, a series of design options will be prepared in mid 2012, for further community input.

    There have been a number of previous studies which confirmed that the main indoor pool is structurally sound. However after 30 years of operations Council needs to ensure the sites’s facilities are commercially sustainable and relevant for the future.

    This study will determine a long-term development strategy for improvements at the Warringah Aquatic Centre site, both aquatic and non-aquatic, that are financially sustainable and best meet current and future community needs.

    At this early stage of the project the consultants are undertaking background research and preliminary consultation. Council welcomes your participation in this project and there are a number of ways to be involved including the initial Online Forum.

    A series of research projects and feasibility studies have been carried out in previous years and these can be accessed in the library. Following initial consultations and review of previous studies, a series of design options will be prepared in mid 2012, for further community input.

  • Online Forum - Future ideas for the WAC site

    over 5 years ago

    Join the online forum and have your say about the future of the Warringah Aquatic Centre site (including broader future recreation facilities). The initial visioning online forum closed on 18 April 2012.

    Join the online forum and have your say about the future of the Warringah Aquatic Centre site (including broader future recreation facilities). The initial visioning online forum closed on 18 April 2012.

  • How to be involved - initial consultation

    over 5 years ago

    At this early stage of the project the consultants are undertaking background research and preliminary consultation. Council welcomes your participation and this online forum is just one of the ways you can be involved.

    There will also be a Stakeholder Advisory Group which consists of key stakeholders and community members. There are 3 places available for the broader community and members of the advisory group will be randomly selected. To find out more click here.

    A detailed community engagement process is being undertaken to get feedback from users, stakeholders and the broader community. This process includes forums, focus groups, pool displays, workshops and online feedback.  Details will be promoted in local media and in further updates on this website.

    At this early stage of the project the consultants are undertaking background research and preliminary consultation. Council welcomes your participation and this online forum is just one of the ways you can be involved.

    There will also be a Stakeholder Advisory Group which consists of key stakeholders and community members. There are 3 places available for the broader community and members of the advisory group will be randomly selected. To find out more click here.

    A detailed community engagement process is being undertaken to get feedback from users, stakeholders and the broader community. This process includes forums, focus groups, pool displays, workshops and online feedback.  Details will be promoted in local media and in further updates on this website.