What is a master plan

A master plan is a long term strategic document created to guide the future growth and development of a defined location, precinct or site. 

What is the purpose of this master plan?

The master plan aims to cater for junior and senior sport, provide quality training facilities and provide a venue for elite sporting events at state and regional level. The supporting infrastructure includes a community pavilion providing support services that have the potential to provide aquatic, medical, physiotherapy, rehabilitation health, wellness and fitness services.

The facilities would provide 7 day a week operations and establish a community meeting place including a café/ bistro, child minding, meeting place and opportunities for learning and education. 


How long will it take to implement the master plan?

Full implementation of the master plan will be a challenge for Council and timing and the amount of works undertaken will be depended on funding available for the project.  Therefore, implementation of the master plan is estimated to take 30 years, and in doing so it intends to meet the needs of a growing community now and into the future.

Why is a 50 metre pool not included in the precinct?

The new facility will introduce more water space facilities that will add to the indoor 25-metre eight lane pool to meet Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) requirements for competitions for Regional and State events.  

The 25-metre pool will have an additional two lanes moving from 6 to 8 lanes. Additional facilities include a therapy pool with inclusive access that is currently not available in the Northern part of the Shoalhaven, a dedicated learn to swim pool which will remove congestion from the main pool, a beach entry/play pool and a leisure water facility to accommodate the needs of more users, similar to Bay and Basin Leisure Centre and Nowra Aquatic Park Pools. 

Council plans to increase the overall water space rather than reducing it, the proposed planning will accommodate a broader numbers of user groups than at present and is an overall enhancement of aquatic facilities.

The Plan provides open space and community facilities such as a community pavilion providing support services that have the potential to provide aquatic, medical, physiotherapy, rehabilitation health, wellness and fitness services.  This is a long-term Plan and is intended to meet the needs of a growing community now and into the future.

Current yearly patronage statistics show that the Bomaderry Aquatic Centre Indoor 25-metre pool is more popular than the outdoor 50-metre pool with less than 10% of patrons utilising the  outdoor 50-metre pool.

The current 50-metre pool is at the end of its serviceable life being 41 years old with maintenance costs growing. Rather than simply replace an aging facility, Council believes money is better spent providing additional water space in a different form.

The new Plans meet established planning and provision principles of:

  • One local aquatic facility per 10,000 – 40,000 people;
  • One district aquatic facility per 40,000 – 70,000 people;
  • Providing 1 x 50m pool meets capacity to service needs of northern Shoalhaven now and well into the future.

Public Pool planning and provision principles demonstrate that from Council’s 12 aquatic facilities across the Shoalhaven, there is adequate pool provision for a population of 210,000 to 570,000 residents, that is two to five times more than required.

The close 3km proximity of Nowra Aquatic Park and Bomaderry Aquatic Centres would suggest that maintaining two (2) outdoor 50 metre heated pools so close together would be financially unsustainable with the capital construction costs for an additional 50-metre pool being $7.3 million and ongoing operational costs of $240,000 per annum which would be funded by the ratepayer.