Circular Head Pool Proposal

Concept Plans Key Features

The facility will connect to the existing Sport Stadium, but not involve any loss of space or facilities in the existing centre.

Next Steps

Detailed design documentation is being prepared for Tender to go out in July 2017.

Construction is forecast from September 2017 - October 2018. The funding of the project has now been confirmed with Council up to $4.7M, Federal Government National Stronger Regions Fund $3.8M and State Government $3.5M. Any additional funds raised via fundraising activities will be used to enhance the facility and not replace any of the other funding commitments.


Background information

In 2009 the Circular Head War Memorial Swimming pool was identified as nearing the end of its useful life in an engineering report.  From this time there were a number of efforts to gain funding and including in 2013 an unsuccessful proposal for a new facility within the Smithton CBD.  Council acknowledged the lack of community support for the 2013 proposal and established in 2014 a reference group from across the community to find out what swimming pool facilities the community needed. 

In the course of this work a further engineering assessment examined the possible redevelopment options of the existing pool.  This assessment led to the decision of Council to close the pool in October 2015.   This situation could be compared with spending on vehicle maintenance on an old car – at some point the costs of keeping it on the road outweigh the costs and benefits of investing in a new car.

From November 2015 to February 2016 a public engagement process was undertaken to look at options for replacement.  This included the site and what scope of facility would be considered.  A public information session was held at the Smithton High School on 16 February 2016 where councillors presented on the decision they were considering on the selection of site for the pool and what features it would have.

It was identified that there is no cost advantage to rebuild on the ANZAC Park site, with estimates facility meeting modern requirements would require a different layout and the sloping site would add to construction costs.

Benefits of the Indoor Sports Stadium Site at 110 Nelson Street included co-location and management of facility, close to schools, good vehicle access, flat site.  The decision was made to seek government funding to construct in two stages (if necessary) being a 25m lap pool in stage 1 and a program pool and aquatic play in stage 2. 

With a level of community support for the site and scope of the proposed facility funding applications were made.  This has resulted in October 2016 an announcement for the construction of the Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre of $3.8M from the Federal government National Stronger Regions Fund for stage 1 and in December $3.5M from the State Government which allows stage 1 & 2 to be constructed at the same time.  The Council contribution to the project is up to $4.7M.  The selection of the Indoor Sports Stadium site and the integration fo the facilities has assisted in gaining the government funding.

With stages 1 & 2 being confirmed as one project all specialist design work was commissioned in January 2017 to go through the process of preparing preliminary designs from the previous concepts.  Preliminary designs and detailed costing undertaken by a quantity surveyor in February which led to refinements and revisions to the design make sure that the design will fit within the total project budget.

The total $12M project budget is to allow for all contingencies, design and preparatory work, civil works, equipment etc.  The building construction cost will be the result of a competitive tender process and will ultimately be determined through this process.

Council is awaiting some 3D rendered images of the proposed facility.  It is hoped these will be ready for publication in the Circular Head Chronicle by the end of June.

(Article updated 15/6/2017)

Preliminary Site Plan

 Wellbeing Centre Site Plan - Rev E 20170501

Preliminary Floor Plans

 Wellbeing Centre Floor Plan -31 May 2017




Fundraising for the Swimming Pool

There is a group of community members who are fundraising for the new pool.  Information can be found on their facebook page ( or see below)


Tax deductible donations to the swimming pool project can be made via the Australian Sports Foundation at the following link

Please read the conditions for the donations on the above web link.  Any funds raised will be used will add to the facility and not replace a Council contribution.

For anyone interested in pledging an amount of $1000 or more (to be paid later).  There is a form availabile at the following link Pledge Form - Circular Head Swimming Pool(425 kb)



Circular Head War Memorial Swimming Pool

Council made the difficult decision to close the Circular Head War Memorial Swimming Pool indefinitely on 8 October 2015 after 53 years of operation.

There is more information about the process to replace the pool here


The full media release in regards to the pool closure is available here -



Background Circular Head Council Pool Proposal (154 kb)

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