Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre Redevelopment Project

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We understand that right now, this is a difficult time for the community. Responding to the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic remains Council’s priority.

Due to restrictions in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is closed to the public until further notice. While this measure may be here for some time, it is temporary – as the situation improves, the facility will reopen.

Until that time arrives, Council remains committed to planning for the future of this valued community asset. This is an important project that will boost the local economy and provide many jobs for local people as well as ensure residents have access to a welcoming and innovative space to exercise and socialise in. We are planning now so that NARC can meet the needs of the growing community for years to come.

The immediate spend on the renewal of NARC is projected to be $3M in the 20/21 draft budget, to continue the design phase of the project.

The $63.5M allocated for the renewal of NARC is spread throughout the life of the multi-year project and does not impact Council’s ability to support the community in response to the pandemic.


What’s happened so far?

The renewal of the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is part of the Darebin Council Plan 2017–2021, supporting our goal to expand opportunities for participation and social connection through sport, physical activity and other leisure activities.

In late 2017 through to early 2018, Council sought feedback from NARC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre. The feedback received from this consultation contributed to a feasibility study.

The feasibility study and community consultation found that NARC is a highly valued and utilised community asset, however it is not meeting the current needs of the community. While the facility has been upgraded over the years, as it was built in 1968, a new facility needs to be developed to cater for existing and future needs. This brings with it an opportunity to make significant improvements to the functionality and services offered at NARC.

The feasibility study was considered by Council in September 2018, and in June 2019 Council awarded the contract for the design of the new facility to Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia.

Development of the concept designs took place between July 2019 and April 2020. Council was excited to share the proposed plans for the new NARC facility with the community and key stakeholders and seek feedback between April 15 - May 3 2020.

What’s happening now?

We have received your feedback on the proposed concept designs for NARC. Please feel free to browse the Northcote Aquatic and Recreational Centre Consultation Summary Report document to find out more about the community consultation. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive Please feel free to browse the NARC – Concept Design Stage - Community Consultation findings document.

We are collating the feedback on the proposed concept plans received during the consultation period. The feedback you provided will be shared with the Design Team for consideration in the next phase of the project, developing schematic designs.

You can still view the concept designs for the proposed renewal of NARC (on the right).

What’s next:

The design process is continuing, utilising the community feedback that has been received to further define and shape the project. Changes made as a result of the community consultation will be done so ensuring that the project is delivered within budget and will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

We understand that right now, this is a difficult time for the community. Responding to the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic remains Council’s priority.

Due to restrictions in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is closed to the public until further notice. While this measure may be here for some time, it is temporary – as the situation improves, the facility will reopen.

Until that time arrives, Council remains committed to planning for the future of this valued community asset. This is an important project that will boost the local economy and provide many jobs for local people as well as ensure residents have access to a welcoming and innovative space to exercise and socialise in. We are planning now so that NARC can meet the needs of the growing community for years to come.

The immediate spend on the renewal of NARC is projected to be $3M in the 20/21 draft budget, to continue the design phase of the project.

The $63.5M allocated for the renewal of NARC is spread throughout the life of the multi-year project and does not impact Council’s ability to support the community in response to the pandemic.


What’s happened so far?

The renewal of the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is part of the Darebin Council Plan 2017–2021, supporting our goal to expand opportunities for participation and social connection through sport, physical activity and other leisure activities.

In late 2017 through to early 2018, Council sought feedback from NARC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre. The feedback received from this consultation contributed to a feasibility study.

The feasibility study and community consultation found that NARC is a highly valued and utilised community asset, however it is not meeting the current needs of the community. While the facility has been upgraded over the years, as it was built in 1968, a new facility needs to be developed to cater for existing and future needs. This brings with it an opportunity to make significant improvements to the functionality and services offered at NARC.

The feasibility study was considered by Council in September 2018, and in June 2019 Council awarded the contract for the design of the new facility to Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia.

Development of the concept designs took place between July 2019 and April 2020. Council was excited to share the proposed plans for the new NARC facility with the community and key stakeholders and seek feedback between April 15 - May 3 2020.

What’s happening now?

We have received your feedback on the proposed concept designs for NARC. Please feel free to browse the Northcote Aquatic and Recreational Centre Consultation Summary Report document to find out more about the community consultation. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive Please feel free to browse the NARC – Concept Design Stage - Community Consultation findings document.

We are collating the feedback on the proposed concept plans received during the consultation period. The feedback you provided will be shared with the Design Team for consideration in the next phase of the project, developing schematic designs.

You can still view the concept designs for the proposed renewal of NARC (on the right).

What’s next:

The design process is continuing, utilising the community feedback that has been received to further define and shape the project. Changes made as a result of the community consultation will be done so ensuring that the project is delivered within budget and will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

  • We are collating your feedback!

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    3 months ago

    Thanks to everyone who got involved and provided us feedback. We heard from the community through our online survey link, mail, emails, phone calls and virtual meetings.

    We will now collate the feedback and report the key themes back to the community, as well as advise the Design Team which will help to inform future design developments for the new facility.

  • Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre - Feasibility Study

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    4 months ago

    In late 2017 through to early 2018, Council sought feedback from NARC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre. The feedback received from this consultation contributed to a feasibility study.

    The feasibility study and community consultation found that NARC is a highly valued and utilised community asset, however it is not meeting the current needs of the community. While the facility has been upgraded over the years, as it was built in 1968, a new facility needs to be developed to cater for existing and future needs. This brings with it an opportunity to make significant improvements to the functionality and services offered at NARC.

    The feasibility study was considered by Council in September 2018, and in June 2019 Council awarded the contract for the design of the new facility to Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia.

    What’s next?

    As the project progresses, we look forward to providing updates for a community focused, welcoming and innovative NARC facility.

  • Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre Feasibility Study now open!

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    almost 3 years ago

    Have your say on the initial stage of this project by 10 December 2017! More opportunities to have your say will follow!