February 2015 Update
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With construction completed in November 2014, the Bike Parking is getting daily use which is great to see!
We encourage all members and patrons to use the Bike parking whether it be for a visit to Aquamoves, or the Victoria Park Lake Precinct.
If you have any questions about the Bike Parking or issues with using it, please see Aquamoves reception.
Car Park Redevelopment
The consultant for the design of the car park, ‘Planright' provided their preliminary plan in mid-January for review by Aquamoves and Council staff. With the feedback given, Planright are diligently working on the draft detailed design which we expect to receive in the coming week.
As you'd be aware, since mid-November the section of the gravel car park around the three large trees has been fenced off. This was required for works to take place to smooth out the gravel area for increased patron safety and to decrease damage to vehicles. The fencing has remained in place to protect patrons from the trees and to protect the trees from damage by vehicles (i.e. driving over the root systems).
The planning for the car park development will include the trees, and as such the fencing won't be removed until construction is underway.
Please note that ‘no standing' signs have been temporarily installed just south of the pedestrian crossing where the orange bollards were. This is to indicate a ‘keep clear' section to ensure that access in and out of this informal parking area is always available.
Change Room Refurbishments
This includes the Aquamoves Wet Area, Dry Area and Raymond West Change Rooms, as well as the indoor pool concourse.
This major project has seen the merging of four individual projects to provide a streamlined delivery of all works.
Staff are currently working through the specifications for all equipment, furniture, fittings and materials, including surface types and colours.
The plan will be to undertake the refurbishment of the Dry Area Change Rooms and Raymond West Change Rooms as Stage 1 of the project, and the Wet Area Change Rooms and Indoor Concourse refurbishment as Stage 2.
We'll provide further details on expected scheduling as soon as possible.
Funds have been spent on a range of building upgrades, renewals and equipment replacements including:
- Dry area change room wall repairs
- Wooden bridges renewal
- New wheels on the pool blankets
- Pool vacuum pump replacement
- Spa jet pump replacement
- Large spa filter replacement
- 50m pool shade sail replacement
Splash Park Shade Sail
We will be putting this project out for quotation in the coming months, with construction to occur in the off-season.
Utilities Savings Projects
These exciting energy saving initiatives (Co-Gen and Heat Recovery Ventilation System) were officially launched by our Deputy Mayor, Cr Fern Summer at Aquamoves on Thursday 12 February 2015.
Council's Director Community Kaye Thomson says the implementation of the cutting-edge technology is already providing the community with significant environmental and financial benefits.
"Council's vision and one of the challenges of the 21st century is to achieve a greater synergy between technology and the environment," Ms Thomson said.
"Combined, these projects will generate savings of $70,000 and 800 tonnes of CO² emissions per year. This is the equivalent of removing 168 passenger vehicles from the road and is amongst the biggest CO² saving projects ever delivered by the Council."
The Co-Gen system is designed to convert natural gas into electricity used to increase the temperature of the pools and pool hall at Aquamoves, whilst the Heat Recovery Ventilation System operates by heating fresh air to a temperature that is comfortable for facility users.
Energy is further saved by recycling, heating and filtering air that is usually wasted and circulating it back through the pool hall. Cold air is also prevented from entering the pool hall by keeping the doors closed and creating an air tight environment that allows the systems to more efficiently maintain a comfortable temperature.
Ms Thomson says the projects are part of Council's plan to "ensure the environment is a major priority in preparing for the future by implementing renewable energy options and reducing greenhouse emissions."