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Council is growing a sense of community and taking advantage of the warm climate by providing more opportunities for outdoor recreation and leisure activities through enhanced community facilities and spaces.

Project information

The SWELL initiative revitalise the Swimming and Fitness Centre, enhancing the amenities (new play equipment and water activities) and liveability of our growing city (provide a community hub to help children learn to swim). 

  • Refurbished 50 metre pool with compliant entry ramp and starting platforms that will improve accessibility for all members of the community.
  • A dedicated warm water program pool to support increased physical activity for the community that will improve aquatic safety skills and overall wellness needs.
  • Toddlers zero depth and play pool to promote physical activity through fun, whilst providing an area for water familiarisation and exploration.
  • An aquatic adventure play structure to provide activity opportunity for our youth, and the young at heart, ensuring that there are facilities for all ages and social groups.
  • New amenities to provide accessible and inclusive facilities bringing the centre in line with current contemporary approaches to provision of sanitary facilities. 
  • New café to provide a social hub and meeting place increasing the sense of community as well as economic outcomes.
  • Energy efficient, modern pool plant and equipment to provide operational efficiencies and water hygiene to contemporary standards.
Cost and duration

$15 million the proposed revitalisation of Palmerston’s only public swimming pool

  • City of Palmerston and the Northern Territory Government have committed $5 million for the project.
  • Council are continuing discussions with the Australian Government to secure their financial contribution for this iconic and regionally significant project.


  • Enhance the amenity of the local area
  • Provides greater health and lifestyle choices
  • Increases social diversion and youth engagement
  • Creates local jobs
  • Improves the attractiveness of the city 
  • Reduces effects of heat and climate
  • Scalable project (elements can be developed and rolled out over time)

Current status  

The final design for the SWELL Master Plan has been amended to include the following additions: 
•    100% retractable shade over the 50m lap pool and programme pool.
•    Secure storage for temporary day use (lockers)

The SWELL project is expected to go to tender in early 2021. 

You can find updates to the progress of the SWELL Master Plan on City of Palmerston’s Facebook page and on Council’s website.