Casuarina's new aquatic centre set to make a splash

Construction of Casuarina’s new Aquatic and Leisure Centre is going making its way through the final laps with the project now reaching completion. 

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King, Member for Solomon Luke Gosling and City of Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis visited the site today to see how the centre is taking shape. 

Made possible with a $7.5 million election commitment from the Australian Government, the new centre will include an 8-lane, 50-metre pool and a resort-style lagoon pool.

It will also feature a learn-to-swim pool, café and BBQ facilities, wet and dry play areas, as well as a swimming club and community room.

Along with unlocking physical health benefits, the facility will deliver further health services by providing new specialist rooms for allied health services, a gymnasium and a basketball 3-on-3 court.

This centre is expected to bring significant employment benefits, including 220 jobs during the construction phase. 

Final works currently being completed include lane marking the pools, commissioning and testing of pool equipment, installing the wet play equipment and landscaping irrigation works. 

The $26.8 million project is expected to be completed by mid-2024 and is funded under the Australian Government’s Priority Community Infrastructure Program (PCIP), with a $19.3 million contribution from the City of Darwin.

For more information on PCIP, visit the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts website.  

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“The Australian Government committed to improving community infrastructure during the 2022 election campaign and I’m thrilled to see the new Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre continue to progress – with works nearly complete.

“The facility will increase physical activity among the community and improve water safety, resilience and overall wellbeing.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Solomon Luke Gosling:

“The Northern Suburbs needed a new 50 metre pool and additional pools for sport and leisure activities, for all ages, and that is exactly what the City of Darwin - with financial support from the Federal Government - is delivering.

“Investing in community infrastructure is one of the many strengths of a Labor Government and this project delivers on all fronts. 

“The Caz pool redevelopment will provide a modern, safe, and family-friendly sports and recreational facility that will improve health and well-being outcomes across our local community.

“My team and I have been keenly observing the aquatic centres progress from the back of our Electorate Office in Casuarina. We are looking forward to swapping the noise and dust of construction for the happy sounds of families and school groups enjoying this great facility."  

Quotes attributable to City of Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis:

“We are thrilled to see construction of the Casuarina Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre nearly complete.

“The new centre isn’t just about pools; it’s about accessibility, engagement, and a healthier, happier future for locals and visitors.

“We are looking forward to having a world-class, accessible recreational space to play, swim, eat and relax in our municipality.

“This project fits many of City of Darwin’s strategies, including having a Safe, Liveable and Healthy City, and a Cool, Clean and Green City.”