New Dandenong Oasis

Dandenong Wellbeing Centre (New Dandenong Oasis) Consultation

New Dandenong Oasis

The draft design for the Dandenong Wellbeing Centre (new Dandenong Oasis) is now available for public comment. 

The design builds on previous planning and consultation undertaken as part of Council’s Aquatic Strategy (2019), which resolved to replace Dandenong Oasis with a new aquatic and wellbeing centre at JC Mills Reserve, Cleeland Street, Dandenong. Additional consultation was undertaken in July / August to help inform the design process.

This consultation has now closed.

Design Features

The Dandenong Wellbeing Centre will include a broad range of facilities, as determined by the Greater Dandenong Aquatic Strategy (2019) and refined through subsequent community and stakeholder engagement. 

The Centre will be developed as a new two-storey facility in the south west corner of Mills Reserve, south of Dandenong Oasis and car park. Patrons will enter the Centre though a public plaza and expansive foyer which will offer a range of community facilities. Access to two separate pool halls will be provided through a central change village, providing separate zones for active and passive / warm water aquatic activities. A range of dry health and fitness facilities will be provided on level 1 (accessible via a lift and stairs) which will adjoin an integrated sports pavilion.

A summary of key features is listed below: 

Warm Water Pool Hall – dedicated pool hall within a relaxed, low sensory environment catering for a range of warm water activities such as hydrotherapy / rehabilitation, gentle exercise, relaxation and socialising. Pools will be accessible via ramps, hoists and pool pods and an operable wall will enable the separation of warm water pools when greater levels of privacy are required (i.e. for women’s only classes, special needs groups etc.)

  • Two warm water pools - with six times more warm water than the existing Oasis warm water pool, allowing for simultaneous programmed and casual use.
  • Large spa
  • Sauna and steam room

Main Pool Hall – large pool hall offering a broad range of aquatic activities for people all ages and abilities.

  • 50m 8 lane pool with moveable swim wall (for 50m and/or 25m configuration), ramp access, perimeter seating and access to an external courtyard.
  • Learn to swim pool with perimeter seating for parents / carers, adjoining family change area and café wet lounge. 
  • Leisure pool with children’s water play features and zero depth / beach access

Change Village - centrally located between pool halls with an enhanced level of privacy and diverse range of options for users including - male, female and universal / all gender change rooms, family changerooms, group changerooms, accessible changerooms (including adult accessible / ‘Changing Places’ rooms) and open concourse showers (to rinse off after a swim).

Dry Health and Fitness Facilities – located on level 1 (with lift and stair access) with separate active and passive activity areas, office, lounge, consulting suites, changerooms and potential for 24/7 access (subject to future demand).

  • Gym – large gym with areas for stretching, cardio, weights, functional training and personal / group training. 
  • Four program / group fitness rooms providing for high intensity group fitness, spin / cycling classes, wellness / gentle exercise and other activities in response to community demand

Foyer / Community Facilities – expansive foyer with access to a range of community facilities.

  • Café accessible via the foyer, main pool hall and public plaza. 
  • Allied health facility with consulting suites for a range of complementary health services such as physiotherapy, dietician, exercise physiology etc. (Services to be confirmed.)
  • Community meeting rooms to cater for a range of programs and activities and with the ability to combine into one large room (using an operable wall).
  • Multipurpose room suitable for creche / occasional child care, swim club activities and children’s parties. 
  • Reception and administration facilities 

Sports Pavilion – to replace the existing Mills Pavilion and service the adjoining synthetic pitch (and future second pitch). Pavilion will be integrated with the aquatic centre and be developed to a ‘regional’ standard and include four change rooms, social and meeting rooms and other supporting infrastructure. 

External areas – including public plaza, seating, landscaped areas and car parking to cater for users of the Centre, adjoining sports facilities and public open space.

Further information 

The Dandenong Wellbeing Centre (new Dandenong Oasis) webpage provides further information about the new aquatic and wellbeing centre and surrounding site including project background, design features, plans for existing facilities, ESD initiatives and much more. 

For more information about the project, please contact Emma Michie, Coordinator Special Projects at

This consultation has now closed.