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Aquatic centre plan for Mandurah

PLANS are under way to redevelop the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre after a feasibility report last month found usage of the existing facility had reached capacity. The city has since appointed architects Tompkins MDA to plan, design and cost a new multi-purpose aquatic centre with a 50-metre pool in the New Year. City of Mandurah acting chief executive Ian Hill said it hoped to have the first draft of the pool feasibility master planning and cost rundown available by late February and a final in March. A council appointed pool feasibility committee is expected to present these findings in April. A report by consultants, Synovate, revealed demand at the centre was causing constant conflict for water space between lap swimming, swimming lessons, water aerobics and general leisure swimming. The centre currently has two 25-metre indoor swimming pools and a children’s adventure pool. Also on the capital works agenda for the city is the $4.5 million Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre, which is under construction and expected to be operational by mid-2007. Stage One of the $6.2 million Allnutt Street Sporting and Community Facility will begin construction in 2007 to cater to the Mandurah Bowling Club and Mandurah Bridge Club. Tompkins MDA’s other aquatic projects are focused on the eastern states and include the Mount Annan Leisure Centre, Thornleigh Aquatic and Recreation Centre, Wodonga Olympic Pool redevelopment and the Belconnen Community Lifestyle and Leisure Centre.

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