History of GESAC
GESAC is the successor to an earlier and much-loved outdoor seasonal swim centre, the Northern Memorial Pool built by the City of Moorabbin in 1964 which served the community well for 44 summers. Many outdoor pools were built in the years after the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and similar facilities could be found throughout Victoria.
Council had no all-year-round pools and minimal indoor recreation facilities.
In 2006 the Council launched a Discussion Paper on its aquatic recreation facilities. Several rounds of public consultation were held over 2006 and 2007 and the concept for the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre was born.
GESAC was designed around the needs of the Glen Eira population, paying particular attention to the needs of seniors (eg. hydrotherapy), youngsters (eg. learn-to-swim) as well as those of all ages and abilities seeking improved health and plenty of fun.
Designs for the facility were released in early 2009 and significant funding contributions were received of $10 million from the Federal Government and $2.5 million from the Victorian State Government. An option on an indoor sport stadium was included as part of the tender subject to funding. Council was able to secure another $2 million from the State Government in late 2009 to allow this to be included as part of the project.
The construction contract was awarded in October 2009 and GESAC opened in 2012.
Watch Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre rise from the ground. Built on the site of the Northern Memorial Pool in Bentleigh East, GESAC has quickly become one of the most popular leisure and wellbeing facilities in Australia.