Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre Redevelopment

  • Project typeCapital Works
  • Project value$22 Million
  • Project schedule2017 - 2020

About the project

The Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre is a very popular community facility but at almost 21 years old, it is due for significant redevelopment.

Following consultation with key stakeholders a Master Plan for the Centre has been developed and adopted by the Council in May 2017.

New Supplementary Heating System and other improvements

 In mid-February 2018, the DKHAC installed new gas boilers and various other plant room improvements to supplement the existing heating systems, by providing an instantaneous and potentially infinite supply of heating energy for the pools, space and domestic hot water system. This has resulted in increased energy efficiency and the best use of the multiple energy sources available. The equipment installation required the DKHAC to be shutdown for a 33 hour period with the implementation works a complete success. The shutdown period also allowed the DKHAC to implement a number of improvements throughout the facility. These improvements were as follows:

  • Public and private changeroom redecoration and refit

  • New and improved signage throughout the building

  • Replacement floor to gym and program room

  • Centre wide painting maintenance

Recent Feedback - Concept Plans

There has been some recent feedback regarding the change room facilities as shown in the redevelopment concept plans.

Feedback is always welcome and we will continue to work closely with all stakeholders as we progress the detailed design for the refurbished Centre.

The change room facilities at the Centre will receive a complete make over, far exceeding and improving what we have currently.

The refurbishment will provide facilities appropriate to meet the expected standards of a modern day facility.

Current proposals include the establishment of a new ‘change village’ which will incorporate private change facilities on the concourse.

There will also be a new set of change rooms constructed on the new 1st floor within close proximity to the gym.

During the engagement period in the preparation of the Master Plan, there was an overwhelming response for the need for increased changing privacy for centre users and families.

We responded to that feedback with the concept of a change village, allowing all centre users access to a private change cubicle.

The designs for the Centre redevelopment are still at concept stage, and there will be further engagement with our members and the public as we progress towards final design.

How will the development be funded?

The Master Plan proposes a total redevelopment that will cost approximately $22M for the City to undertake.

The City is in a position to fund $12M of these works itself which will cover the cost of the following aspects:

  • A new two story entry building.
  • Access directly off the car park via a bridge to a new level entry with a walk through retail area.
  • A new staircase and a lift to accommodate stretchers, large wheelchairs and prams.
  • A new indoor/outdoor café.
  • A new ramp to improve disability and pram access from the 25m pool deck down to the 50m pool deck.
  • New aquatic change facilities in the "change village setup" with pool deck showers.
  • An increased size gym with two group fitness rooms, consult rooms and a spin classroom.
  • One multi purpose space for personal training and group use with outdoor access to a functional training area.
  • New gym change rooms on the first floor.
  • Improved disability access facilities.
  • A new retrofitted spa in the current area.
  • Improved car parking facilities.

To fund the balance of the project, the City has lodged two funding applications for $10M with the Australian Government. These funding applications have been unsuccessful. Therefore these additional works will not be achieved unless Australian Federal Government funding (or other funding) is received:

  • A new external, enclosed waterslide.
  • A new zero depth splash pad children’s play area.
  • A new accessible warm water pool, heated to 36°C which includes spas.
  • A new wellness sauna and steam room area.
  • A new school group change area to assist with teacher supervision of students.
  • New car parking facilities.
  • New dry diving space to allow for national diving competitions and use for supervised children’s parties.
  • Renewal of pool deck tiles in traffic areas.
  • Chemical system improvements.
  • Increased CCTV coverage for new areas.
  • Upgraded emergency evacuation system for new areas.
  • A new first aid room.

What else is new at the aquatic centre?

In addition to the planning and design works associated with the redevelopment, the City is currently implementing a number of improvements to the aquatic centre plant room and pool deck areas, such as the following:

  • New pool play equipment for children.
  • New double glazing.
  • Grandstand seating replacement.
  • Plant room occupational health and safety improvements.
  • A new gas boiler system to improve the reliability and efficiency of the water heating systems for the pools, showers and the internal environment air system.
  • Chemical system improvements.
  • Building management computer system improvements.
  • Ongoing implementation of renewal to critical plant room infrastructure.

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8 new Gas Boilers - 1200kw Capacity

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 New Thermal System pumps

New waste system at the Centre

The Centre has implemented a new waste minimisation system to increase recycling and reduce waste generation. The system was developed following a review of the volume of waste passing through the Aquatic Centre and several compostable packaging trials carried out in late 2017. 

The Centre’s minimisation plan includes:

DKHAC cafe’s transition to compostable takeaway packaging

New compostable takeaway packaging includes coffee cups and coffee cup lids, straws, cutlery, hot chip packets, noodle boxes, sandwich wedges, bioplastic fruit or yoghurt tubs and napkins.

The packaging is made of bioplastics, bagasse, paper, cardboard and wood. The bioplastics abide by the US, the Australian and the European industrial composting standards of ASTM D6400, AS4736, and EN13432.

These certifications provide surety that the packaging will compost in an Industrial Composting facility, achieving at least 60% decomposition in 180 days. To meet these conditions the composting facility is required to operate above 60°C, a prerequisite that is met by the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre (the tip).

The installation of five new waste stations

To dispose of takeaway packaging, the Aquatic Centre has also installed five new waste stations in the pool area. Each station has three 120 l bins for waste, recycling and organic streams.

After disposal, the Aquatic Centre’s waste stream will have three destinations. General waste will go to the McRobies Gully Landfill in South Hobart, recycling will be transported to the SKM Recycling Materials Recovery Facility in Derwent Park and organics to the McRobies composting facility. 

Waste education

Each waste station has signage to help DKHAC’s visitors learn more about each waste stream and dispose waste accordingly. 


Comingled recycling


Food waste

Paper towel

Compostable packaging

Cardboard & Paper

Steel & aluminium cans

Rigid plastics

Milk cartons/tetra packs

Textiles (kitchen cloth)

Soft plastics (cling wrap, bags)



The new waste system is anticipated to increase recycling from current 40 per cent up to 70 per cent. 

The project is part of the City’s Waste Management Strategy 2015-2030 which aims to achieve zero waste to the Hobart Landfill by 2030 through over 90 actions across a range of areas such as organic waste, education and litter. To learn more visit the City of Hobart Waste Management Strategy 2015-2030


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