Construction and preliminary site works of the Traralgon Pool will likely begin in March 2019, Latrobe City Council has announced.
General manager infrastructure and recreation Steve Piasente said the works would begin to prepare Hubert Osborne Reserve for the new Olympic-length pool, at the site of the existing pool, following the 2018/19 outdoor pool season.
It comes after a council report said there was a possibility the design and construction contractor would want to begin works during pool season which could have potentially cut short the operating time of the pool over the upcoming summer season.
"Works on the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) are now planned to start on site in March/April 2019, after the 2018/19 outdoor pool season," Mr Piasente said.
"A tender for the design and construction of GRAC is planned to start next month and we anticipate being able to announce the successful contractor in October 2018.
"Preliminary site works will involve providing services to the site such as connecting including electricity, gas and water as well as telecommunications, but these works will not take place until after March 2019 and will not impact the 18/19 outdoor pool season."
Mr Piasente said council expected the facility to be open for public use in late 2020 or early 2021.
"We will keep the community informed during the construction and fit-out stage of this facility, and the other major projects being delivered in our region, through a variety of channels including online, social media and newsletters," he said.