Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC)
The Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) currently comprises an indoor sports stadium and advocacy is underway for an indoor pool project to complete the development. The title MARC encompasses the funded as well as planned aspects of the project.
An indoor pool for Bacchus Marsh is a high priority for Moorabool Shire and the local community, who have been actively advocating for this project for many years. The pool forms the centre piece of a major new sports and recreation precinct in Bacchus Marsh – the MARC - and will provide a much-needed recreation facility for our region.
Unlike similar-sized towns in Victoria, Bacchus Marsh does not have an indoor aquatic facility. The existing outdoor pool was built in the 1930s and no longer meets the needs of the community.
There is widespread community support for this project and a high demand for year-round pool facilities in Bacchus Marsh with 56 per cent of surveyed pool users having to travel outside the shire to participate in swimming activities at indoor pools in other municipalities.
The MARC project will create more than 200 direct and indirect jobs during construction and generate more than $100 million in economic activity during the life of the project. The precinct will add to other important recreation facilities in the area, including Maddingley Park. Council is seeking to partner with the Victorian and Australian Governments to make this game-changing sports and recreation precinct a reality.
A new 4-court indoor sports stadium enables existing sports to expand and ensure a greater number of residents can participate in various levels of competition. The facility includes:
- 4 indoor sports courts
- Community cafe and seating
- Public amenities
- Athlete and referee change rooms
- Administration office
- Merchandise area
Indoor aquatic centre
This project will upgrade the pool to a year-round multi-purpose recreation centre, featuring aquatic, health, fitness and leisure facilities to meet community and visitor needs.
- 25 metre indoor lap pool
- A leisure and learn to swim pool
- Warm water program pool
- Changing facilities including family and accessible change rooms
- Spa, steam and sauna
- Café offering high-quality food with a large seating area
- Gym, group fitness and spin studios
- High priority disability access
- Multi-purpose spaces
- Car parking and access requirements
|Council awarded a contract for the design of the entire facility. The contract was awarded to Peddle Thorp Architects
|Throughout the design
|Consultation occurred with a large number of community groups, sporting clubs and sport associations throughout the design.
| June 2021
|Council was successful in attracting $1,925,000 from the State Govt via the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund – Better Indoor Stadium Fund.
| October 2021 - December 2021
|Council advertised an open tender for the construction of Stage 1.
| January 2022
Council awarded a contract for the construction of stage one at a Special Meeting of Council on Thursday 27 January 2022. The contract was awarded to one of regional Victoria’s leading contractors in AW. Nicholson Pty Ltd. The value of the project inclusive of design, construction, fit-out and the upgrading of services to the site is $19 million. Works were completed in 2023.
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