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Major Projects

Updates as at December 2018


Scottsdale Swimming Pool Redevelopment – On Track

Council recently completed a community consultation process which incorporated a community information session and invited feedback from community members.  Council received feedback from 160 respondents and whilst there was some degree of support for an all year round facility and some respondents mentioned a Hydrotherapy Pool, the support was not broad based enough to warrant the significant cost burden both options would place on the community. By way of example, rates would have to be increased by an additional 8% to fund the annual operating costs of an all year round indoor facility.

Council is therefore commencing detailed design of a significantly revamped outdoor aquatic facility including a 6 lane 25 metre pool, Learn to Swim pool and wet play area incorporating a range of play equipment, shading, toddler beach and landscaping works. 

The redevelopment is estimated to cost in the vicinity of $5 million, made possible through a $3 million grant from the State Government with the balance made up from Council’s cash reserves.  It is anticipated that the project will take 18 months to deliver from inception, with the design and procurement phase completed by mid-2019 and anticipated opening in late 2020.    Council is exploring options regarding the construction phase to see if it is possible to construct the new facility without closing for the 2019/2020 season.

The redevelopment will deliver a state of the art outdoor aquatic facility, which will be free of charge and not only enhance the liveability of the community but will also serve as an attraction in its own right to increase visitation to Scottsdale.  This is particularly relevant in the context of the anticipated 50,000 plus annual visitors to Derby, as it provides a further product offering to these visitors thereby spreading the economic benefit of this world class mountain bike product.  


Bridport MultiFunction Centre – On Track

Bridport Multifunction Centre construction works are scheduled to commence early in the new year, the project will see the refurbishment of the ground floor and the development of a new multifunction top level which will be available for use by the broader community.   

The project will deliver an important community asset and has been made possible by a successful funding application to the Department of State Growths Community Infrastructure Fund.


Western Access Road - Bridport

Major construction works involving cut and fill and drainage have been completed on the Western Access Road.  Currently work is being undertaken on the final finishing touches to the alignment in preparation for placement of road base in January.  The project is currently on schedule, on budget and, weather permitting will be opening in June. 


Bridport Marine Zone Master Plan

A working group has been formed to discuss and review the concept design options and costings which were devised out of community consultation meetings in late 2018.

Bridport Master Plan - Marine Zone Minutes - 17 December 2018