Stawell Sports & Aquatic Centre Redevelopment


The much loved Stawell Sports & Aquatic Centre (previously the Stawell Leisure Centre) was opened in 1986.

To ensure the facility continues to serve the community well into the future, Council is committed to investigating upgrades to the centre. The redevelopment will be conducted in several stages over 5+ years, beginning with the SSAC Feasibility and Master plan Project in 2020.

Project Stages

Step 1.Stage 1: SSAC Feasibility and Master plan Project funding secured - Completed 

Support through the State Government Community Sports Infrastructure Planning fund and council secured to undertake the feasibility and master plan project.

State Government funding received: $30,000

Northern Grampians Shire Council contribution: $15,000

Total cost: $45,000

Step 2.Stage 2: SSAC Feasibility and Master plan Project consultancy appointment - Completed

Council has partnered with @leisure planners, one of Australia’s most influential sport, leisure and open space consultancies. In partnership, it is critical that financial, social and environmental objectives are met throughout the project. 

More information on @leisure planners can be found here:

Step 3.Stage 3: Project community engagement - Completed 

In partnership with @leisure, council is now undertaking a significant community engagement process.

Consultation with the community and user groups of the facility will ensure all the community have an opportunity to provide their thoughts and vision to inform the design process. Throughout this stage, information will be gathered to identify community needs, determine participation projections, program and service opportunities and infrastructure improvements.

All community members are invited to participate in this engagement opportunity through the following activities:

Online survey: SURVEY NOW CLOSED

Onsite drop-in sessions: 

Tuesday 28 January 4pm - 6pm

Wednesday 29 January 9am - 11am 

Thursday 30 January 6am - 8am

Monday 3 February 4pm - 6pm

Step 4.Stage 4: SSAC Feasibility and Master plan Project draft plan - Future

Step 5.Stage 5: SSAC Feasibility and Master plan Project draft plan endorsement - Future

Stage 6: Detailed facility redevelopment design - Future

Following the endorsement of the master plan, council will seek to progress the project to appoint an appropriate architect to lead the detailed design of the facility redevelopment. 

The timing of this stage is dependent on funding. Council’s advocacy strategy and 10 year capital infrastructure plan drive the aim of undertaking this stage in 2021. 

Stage 7: Facility redevelopment - Future

Following stage 6, council will include the project in the priority projects advocacy strategy, and will work heavily over a number of years to secure funding to undertake the redevelopment. 

Engagement Timeline

Step 1.SSAC feasibility and master plan community engagement

Community members are encouraged to participate in engagement activities including the online survey, attend a drop-in session or provide an individual or group submission.

Online survey: NOW CLOSED 

Onsite drop-in sessions:

Tuesday 28 January 4pm - 6pm

Wednesday 29 January 9am - 11am

Thursday 30 January 6am - 8am

Monday 3 February 4pm - 6pm

Individual / Group submissions:

Submissions are welcome in hard copy to SSAC or the Stawell Town Hall, and in email at

Step 2.SSAC feasibility and master plan draft plan:

April - May 2020

Engagement opportunities for this stage to be announced. 

What does the Stawell Sports & Aquatic Centre currently provide?

The centre operates a busy program of aquatics, sports and gym based services. The centre has more than 50,000 visits per year! The SSAC website with further information can be found here:

Stawell Sports & Aquatic Centre Webpage

I’m not a member or a user, can I be involved in the engagement and have my say?

Absolutely, this is an opportunity for all community members to participate in the design of the facility into the future.

Aquatic centre redevelopments are expensive, how can council afford this?

New aquatic centres can cost between $50 - $70 million, and redevelopments can cost between $20 - $30 million. 

Throughout this process we need to be realistic in the scale of the redevelopment to ensure a commitment of funds to undertake the works is within reach. This will need to be below the average cost of metropolitan developments.

Is the redevelopment for the facilities or programs that SSAC run?

Both. It’s important to find out how the community wants to use our leisure and recreation facilities in the future, so any redevelopment reflects our community’s priorities.