Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC)
Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) opened its doors to the public on 25 March 2021. The new state-of-the-art facility has been warmly welcomed by Latrobe Valley residents and fulfils the long-awaited need for a recreation centre in the area.
The $57 million centre was funded by the Victorian Government's Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative and is owned by the Latrobe City Council and managed by YMCA Victoria.
We are so pleased to have been successful in our tender to operate GRAC, an exciting and innovative facility that will be a vibrant and inclusive community hub for fitness, aquatics and social connection.”Carolyn Morris, CEO of YMCA Victoria and Kingswim.
Construction began in 2019 and the world-class facility now leads the way for regional public pools in accessibility and energy efficiency. Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre is the first public aquatic facility in Victoria to incorporate a geothermal heating system. The heating system will significantly reduce the centre's carbon footprint, along with operational costs.
The pools have been designed with inclusion and accessibility at the forefront. Walk-in ramps support patrons with disabilities, along with water-friendly wheelchairs, hoists and high-care needs shower. Similarly, the gymnasium consists of wheelchair friendly gym equipment alongside spacious group fitness rooms.
GRAC's stand out feature would have to be the 50 metre indoor swimming pool. Surrounded by 500 spectator seats, this facility is the perfect host for major recreational events.
For local families looking to keep the kids busy during school holidays, GRAC is the perfect solution. With great facilities including an indoor play zone, two large water slides, learn to swim pool and café, children are entertained for hours.
There's something for the adults too. Alongside a modern gymnasium, GRAC also features a wellness centre, comprising of a warm water pool therapy pool, spa, sauna and steam rooms.
GRAC has created over 70 jobs, proving to be a great boost for the Traralgon community. Similarly, the construction provided a huge economic boost for local contractors with over 500 workers engaged in 10,000 hours of labour on site.
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