Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre Redevelopment Project

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

The project is still in its early stages, and we will bring you updates as it progresses.


What’s happened so far?

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.

Stay tuned and subscribe (on the right) to be kept up to date on the project.

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

The project is still in its early stages, and we will bring you updates as it progresses.


What’s happened so far?

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.

Stay tuned and subscribe (on the right) to be kept up to date on the project.

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Q&A

  • Will there be more than one disabled change (preferably NOT) also used as the family changeroom? It is sometimes very difficult for people with mobility issues such as myself to make it long distances to reach a suitable change room and to find it in a filthy state due to small children using it is difficult. People with physical disabilities need to exercise too!😊

    Metoo asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your message. Council is currently working on the design for the new Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre with Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia. There will be a variety of change/shower/toilet spaces available to all people who wish to use the new facility – from dedicated male and female, gender neutral, accessible, family change and 1 dedicated changing places facility.

    We are excited with how the designs are progressing, and look forward to sharing this with the community very shortly. Keep an eye out on the website and project page over the coming weeks to find out how you can have your say on the early designs and attend an information session near you.