History was made in Mandurah today as the $21million aquatic redevelopment was officially opened at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC).
A redevelopment more than 10 years in the making, the aquatic facility has been completely transformed and now boasts close to three times the water space of the original facility.
The brand new aquatic space was officially opened on Sunday by Mayor Marina Vergone, WA Premier Colin Barnett , Deputy Premier Kim Hames and Olympic swimming champion Dawn Fraser.
The celebrations kicked off with a VIP event, followed by a free open day for the community, which was a huge success.
Mayor Vergone said she was thrilled to have opened the new centre.
“Our new modern, state-of-the-art recreational facility will bring many healthy benefits to our local community and the wider region,” she said.
“With the original centre built in 1982, it was well overdue for a redevelopment of this size, and we now have a pool space that will cater for our growing city well into the future.
“This is one of the biggest community infrastructure projects that Mandurah has ever seen, and we are so happy to have opened the doors so people can start to enjoy this new space.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in delivering this project, including our State Government funding partners through Royalties for Regions and Department of Sport and Recreation.”
The aquatic facelift completes Stage One of the long-awaited two-stage redevelopment, with the Stage Two Dry Centre redevelopment set to start early next year.
The aquatic redevelopment includes a significant increase to water space for aquatic activities with:
a new 50m outdoor pool
a new leisure pool and change room village
refurbishment of the existing 25m lap pool
a pirate-themed indoor aqua playground
new community clubroom facility.
For information about the Centre and membership specials, go to mandurah.wa.gov.au/mrc.htm