Council owns and manages the Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre (MARC), located at 626 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley. Council’s vision is to ensure MARC delivers a range of quality aquatic and recreation programs, services and facilities, aimed at improving community health and activity.
MARC needs assessment
A needs assessment is the vital first step undertaken in the planning process for a facility redevelopment.
The MARC Needs Assessment consultation will assist Council to determine what aquatic and recreation facilities and services address our growing community’s needs over the next 10 or more years.
The findings of the needs assessment and community consultation, along with technical condition audits of the facility and plant, will be used to inform the development of an architectural services brief for the design of potential facility development proposals.
Council is seeking to better understand the current and future aquatic and leisure needs of members/users/non-users to help inform the potential redevelopment MARC over the medium to longer term.
Council has already undertaken a member/user survey to better understand the current and future needs of existing users of MARC, who were asked to reflect on their use of MARC and provide information on their level satisfaction or dissatisfaction about various MARC facilities, services and amenities.
Council sought further community feedback until Sunday 31 March 2019.
More information: please call Jackie Grieve, Strategic Leisure Planner on 9518 3559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council will prepare a summary report from all feedback collected in relation to this survey. The information will be available on this page in April 2019. Please subscribe to page updates to receive email notifications (scroll down below the map).
MARC Needs Assessment - Findings
Council considered community needs assessment at its meeting on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
Please read report to the Council Meeting:
MARC Needs Assessment – Key Findings & Next Steps (pdf, 200KB)
MARC - Needs Analysis Summary Report (pdf, 972KB)
The next step in the MARC redevelopment process is to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study for the redevelopment, services and program priorities.
For more information, please read Council Meeting Decisions (item 2.1) - MARC Needs Assessment (pdf, 287KB)
MARC Needs Assessment - Decision
- Notes the key findings of the Monash Aquatic and Recreation (MARC) Centre Needs Assessment as summarised in this report and as detailed the MARC Needs Assessment Summary Report;
- Directs officers to undertake a feasibility study to develop and assess options for a significant redevelopment of MARC to achieve the following objectives:a) to address the priorities identified in the Needs Assessment and summarised in tables 2 and 3 of the Officers Report;b) to provide a unique and landmark water play offering, including a consideration of water slides and other recreational water-related activities that will attract significant interest to the facility; andc) position MARC as one of Melbourne’s leading and iconic water centres for the next 20 years.
- Require officers to report back on the findings of the Feasibility Study and a recommended redevelopment program with staged works packages for MARC that responds to community needs, optimises community benefit and provides a best value proposition by 30 June 2020; and
- Directs officers to pursue funding opportunities from State and Federal Government and other external sources to support the planning and design of MARC redevelopment priorities"
The findings of the user survey, along with the findings of the broader community consultation, will help Council understand how important various aquatic and recreation facilities, services and amenities are to future needs.
The consultation findings and facility condition data will directly inform the development of an architectural services brief for the detailed design for the staged redevelopment of MARC over the next 10+ years (subject to Council budget adoption). The process for the upgrade of MARC project is outlined below: MARC Redevelopment Process.