Your community, services and facilities

Strategic objective

Community services and facilities are high quality, inclusive and meet a variety of needs now and into the future.

Key figures

  • $45.1 million net operating cost
  • 190 Arts and Cultural community events delivered
  • 204 groups received Council community grants

Case study

Annual commitment

Commence construction of the Kew Recreation Centre to create a state-of-the-art recreation facility to meet current and future community needs.

Project overview

The Kew Recreation Centre (KRC) is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will see it transform into a modern facility that is suitable for all ages, abilities, and caters to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs.

This project is Council’s biggest ever infrastructure project to date and a major project within the Council Budget, with support from the State Government.

Project aims

The old centre was in poor condition and no longer met community expectations nor catered for future demographic growth and needs due to its poor layout and functionality. 

The new centre aims to:

  • provide facilities to accommodate all ages, abilities and fitness levels
  • meet both the current and future needs of our growing community 
  • provide a wider range of options for improving health and wellbeing, and participating in team sports
  • provide greater opportunity for community interaction and socialisation.

Project outcomes

In-depth feasibility planning and community consultation has led to the development of a fun and engaging facility that will deliver what is important to our community. 

Throughout community consultation, we heard a lot of feedback about the desire for more spaces to cater to many different activities and user needs. As a result, the final design includes a: 

  • dedicated learn-to-swim pool
  • dedicated warm-water pool
  • indoor aqua play area
  • spa and sauna
  • new café area and landscaped forecourt
  • enlarged gym and indoor program spaces
  • crèche with outdoor play area
  • all abilities sensory room.

Relocating the building to make better use of the site has provided space to build two indoor sports courts, which are much needed in the area. Increased and undercover parking, improved change room offerings and a high standard of accessibility features throughout have also been included based on community feedback.

Construction commenced in November 2020 and is now well underway, with the project currently on track to be completed by mid-2023. Demolition, excavation and early foundation works have been completed, with the new structure to take shape over the next year.