Bluewater Leisure Centre Stadium opens in Colac

Media Release

FN078/2017

21 May 2017

  • Redeveloped Bluewater Leisure Centre Stadium opens to the public today.
  • Basketball stadium, aquatic centre and gymnasium revitalised as part of $12.3 million project.
  • Coalition Government invested over $6.5 million.

The community of Colac celebrated the official opening of the Bluewater Leisure Centre today, providing modern health and recreation facilities set to invigorate active lifestyles in the region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the extensive redevelopment project delivers modern aquatic, sports and training facilities that will encourage community participation and boost the region's economy.

“This facility will attract up to 50,000 more visitors per year, this is great news for tourism is the Colac region as well as for local businesses,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and modern sporting facilities definitely helps do that.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the centre will benefit the entire community and be a major draw card to attract elite regional sporting events to Colac.

“Bluewater Leisure Centre is now a state of the art energy efficient multi-sports stadium, featuring a tiered grandstand, and seating for 500 people with viewing rooms overlooking the courts,” Ms Henderson said.

“A number of sporting associations already call Bluewater stadium home, having an upgraded stadium will attract more clubs, and will be available for casual entry outside school hours.

“The stadium is shared with the Colac Secondary College, with access to two courts during school hours, providing a major boost to the school's physical education program.”

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the redeveloped aquatic centre is now accessible for all members of the community to enjoy.

The upgraded centre offers a number of services for people with restricted mobility including aquatic wheelchairs and a dedicated ceiling hoist into the newly renovated 25 metre 6 lane pool,” Ms Pulford said.

“Our younger users have also not been forgotten with recent upgrades to the toddler pool and children's splash pad.”

Mayor of Colac Otway Shire Council Chris Potter said the Bluewater Leisure Centre redevelopment has marked a new chapter in sport and recreation in the Colac Otway Shire.

“The community now has a large, modern and universally accessible stadium, gym and swimming complex that will serve the community for generations to come,” Cr Potter said.

“Council is proud of the facility we have created in partnership with the state and federal governments, which is an investment in the health and wellbeing of our community.”

The project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($6.58m), the Victorian Government ($3.52m), the Colac Otway Shire Council ($2.1m), Colac Basketball Association ($100,000) and the Colac Warm Water Group ($32,517).

For more information, please visit: http://www.bluewater.org.au