WORKS to upgrade changing facilities at the Mildura Waves complex will get under way next month, with the $720,000 project labelled the biggest upgrade in the facility’s 20-plus year history.

The works will centre on modernising the complex’s family, women’s and men’s change rooms.

Mildura Rural City Councillor for Recreation and Sport, Glenn Milne, said the aim was to provide an all-new experience for Mildura Waves members and visitors.

He added that the upgrade project would be carried out in a staged approach to ensure access to change room and shower facilities at all times while works are completed.

Key upgrades across all change rooms include replacing existing cubical partitions, wall tiling, fittings and fixtures, new full-height wall tiling, new LED lighting, new paint, new resin flooring family change rooms and separate cubicles for family changing.

Improved access will also be a feature, according to Council, while a new partitioning system in the men’s and women’s change rooms and amenities will also be included.

This will include removing bench seating in change rooms, installing a new shower layout to maximise the number of cubicles, a new ceiling height level with existing exhaust vents, replacement of timber bench seating with new, more durable recycled plastic seating, grab rails to some sitting locations for the elderly and disabled, and replacing the open shower arrangement in the men’s change rooms with cubicles to improve privacy – particular for children.

“Much more than just a visual upgrade, this project will include significant improvements to the layout of the change room facilities, aimed at making them more user-friendly, enjoyable and safer for centre users,” Cr Milne said.

“Visually, patrons will certainly notice the fresh, much more contemporary interior design, however, this upgrade goes a lot deeper than that to improve access and amenity for our community.

“The upgrade will not only improve user safety and comfort, but will be low maintenance to ensure lower running costs.”

Work is expected to be completed by mid-to-late July, with Cr Milne saying the upgrade was the second major refurbishment undertaken at the Mildura Waves facility in less than 12 months.

Council completed the first upgrade in May 2019, which included replacing the filtration system for the swimming pools, wave pool and spa, repainting and carpeting of the gym area, replacing gym equipment, and internal painting of the pool hall and associated steelwork.

“Mildura Waves is our flagship community and recreation facility, however, it was built more than 20 years ago and is sorely in need of a new lease on life,” Cr Milne said. “A lot of the high-use areas are showing signs of deterioration, are dated and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

“This program of works will address these issues, providing a better experience for users of the facility now, and for 20 years to come.”