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Wet weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of people who flocked to the new Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre which opened in Baulkham Hills at the weekend.

The much anticipated $55-million centre, funded completely by Hills Shire Council, captured rave reviews for its facilities including a FINA approved 10-lane 50m heated pool and a 25m metre heated pool outside and a 25m heated indoor pool plus a baby pool area.

The centre also has a spa, an outside children’s splash pad play area, a large gym, a cafe, group exercise room, meeting room and a spin room with cycles.

The state -of-the-art fitness centre replaces the 1960s swimming pool which was demolished two years ago to make way for the new facility.

The official opening took place on Friday with a smoking ceremony and relay race by members of the resident swimming club with Olympic gold medal swimmer Brooke Hanson watching on. She told the crowd she wouldn’t be surprised to see the pool produce its own Olympic swimmers.

On Saturday Hills Shire Council hosted a free “pool party” to give residents a look at the modern facilities. Hills Mayor Peter Gangemi said it was a proud moment.

“Waves is the largest project ever undertaken by The Hills Shire Council and it also highlights what the local government sector can achieve for the community. Waves is a magnificent facility which will serve our region for decades to come – allowing our residents and visitors to make a lifetime of memories,” he said.

“Our new Fitness and Aquatic Centre is not only modern and fun, it also features the latest environmentally-friendly technology, such as solar panels and electric car charging stations.”

He congratulated the builders, designers, contractors and council staff for creating a versatile centre for all abilities with ramps and wheelchair accessible pathways, as well as accessible change rooms, gym equipment and toilets. Waves also has a portable pool hoist and two aquatic wet chairs.

“We can’t thank our staff, contractors and builders enough for everything that they have done to build this world class facility here, in Baulkham Hills. They worked incredibly hard throughout the project and a global pandemic and multiple natural disasters to complete this venue with very little delay and on budget,” he said.

ADCO Constructions NSW State Manager, John Basilisco, said they were honoured to have been selected as the builder of choice.

“It’s a huge pleasure for the ADCO team to see the community already loving the new Centre,” he said.

Hills Shire Council General Manager Michael Edgar said 41 full-time positions have been created in the ongoing operations of Waves.

“We would like to thank ADCO, their contractors and our staff for all their hard work and support to ensure that this venue was completed,” Mr Edgar said.

There are still a number of vacancies for lifeguards and swim instructors at the centre.

Due to ongoing industry staffing shortages together with the time needed to learn the new facility from a safety and supervision standpoint, various pools and the kids splash pad area may be temporarily closed at certain times of the day.

If you are interested in working at the Centre as a lifeguard or swim instructor you can apply online at https://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Careers

For information about gym membership, swim programs, careers and opening hours, visit the Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre website: www.wavesfitnessandaquatic.com.au.

TIMELINE
• Hills Shire Council held feasibility assessments five years ago, in September 2017 to look at replacing the old Waves swimming centre which was opened at 44 Mileham Ave, Baulkham Hills in 1967.
• Council approved a $55 million concept design for the new swim facility on 27th August 2019.
• The old Waves pool closed on 31st March 2020 and demolition works started.
• Construction of the new Waves centre was officially marked with a ground turning ceremony on 12th August 2020 with ADCO, and the then Mayor Michelle Byrne and councillors.
• Friday, 2nd September 2022 Waves officially opened with a smoking ceremony.

Waves Fitness

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