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Melbourne's Beloved Harold Holt Swim Centre Is Set to Receive a $3 Million Makeover

It will include the restoration and reopening of its famed diving tower — which has been closed for 16 years.
By Libby Curran
April 15, 2019
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Melbourne's Beloved Harold Holt Swim Centre Is Set to Receive a $3 Million Makeover

It will include the restoration and reopening of its famed diving tower — which has been closed for 16 years.
By Libby Curran
April 15, 2019
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Victorians keen for a taste of the high life will soon have a new spot to show off their diving skills, thanks to a $3 million restoration project at the Harold Holt Swim Centre in Glen Iris. Part of the proposed works will see the centre's diving tower and pool given a revamp and reopened for the first time since 2003.

In addition to the diving facilities, which include a restored tower with a three-metre springboard and a separate one-metre springboard, a suite of other improvements are also under way. There are plans to retile pools, improve accessibility to the outdoor 50-metre pool, swap the existing lights for energy efficient LED fittings, refurbish the outdoor change rooms and upgrade the pool's spectator seating. The site would also score a new landscaped lawn area for hanging out on in-between dips.

Plans for the proposed redevelopment are now online for public consultation, with community feedback invited until May 12. The City of Stonnington Council is also liaising with Diving Victoria, Heritage Victoria and Live Saving Victoria on the upgrade.

The centre's diving facilities were first constructed back in 1969 and are now heritage-listed. The site currently sees over 500,000 visitors through its gates each year, with the revamp expected to pull even more.

The Harold Holt Swim Centre upgrade is open for public feedback until Sunday, May 12. Find the pool at 1409–1413 High Street, Glen Iris. 

Published on April 15, 2019 by Libby Curran

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