Gympie Aquatic Centre
Works start on Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre
Construction has begun on the Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) – a $22.25 million project to meet community demand for a local recreation facility that can host regional competitions, training and lap swimming, indoor community programmes and leisure activities.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, who was on-site today to turn the first sod, said the Australian Government had committed $5 million to the project through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
“The Fund will provide $1 billion nationally over five years and is targeted to support projects like this one that deliver strong economic outcomes and boost liveability,” Mr Truss said.
“The ARC will provide an employment boost to the region. It is expected to create around 270 jobs during the construction phase and 12 ongoing jobs once construction is complete.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the ARC will feature a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor heated pool and a water play area.
“Related works, including landscaping, car parks and road works, are already well advanced. The construction of an overflow carpark is already complete, capable of providing up to 50 additional cars during events,” Ms Trad said.
Mayor of Gympie Regional Council Mick Curran said demand for an aquatic centre had increased significantly over the years, as the population in the Gympie region continues to grow.
“The sod turn today brings us another step closer to delivering this vital piece of community infrastructure,” Cr Curran said.
“ARC will be a real community asset with benefits for the community’s social and physical wellbeing and for the liveability of the whole Gympie region.”
The $22.25 million Aquatic Regional Centre is being funded with $5 million from the Australian Government, $100,000 from the Queensland Government and $17.15 million from Gympie Regional Council.
Gympie Aquatic Centre gets a name - 'ARC'
Our aquatic centre will be named Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre or ARC for short.
Thank you to all who took part in the naming competition and we will draw the winner soon. All the names voted for or suggested by the community in the public poll run by Council were considered. ARC was the popular public choice.
We will also incorporate former mayor, the late Ron Dyne’s name in an important component of the centre to acknowledge his driving force in pursuing a high quality aquatic centre for the region.
In a nod to the current Gympie Memorial pool, we will also include a war memorial feature in a prominent place within ARC’s site. Council has also approved the leasing of a suitable site within ARC’s siteplan to the Gympie Hydrotherapy Group.
The new Gympie Aquatic Centre is at the forefront of all Councillors’ aspirations for the Gympie region, and was strongly supported by our past mayor, the late Ron Dyne.
The site on Tozer Park Road has been set aside for many years for an aquatic centre. Council owns the land, it is vacant, easily accessible and importantly is out of flood level.
The aquatic centre will have as its core features a 50m outdoor pool, a 25m heated indoor pool and a water play area for children. The final extent of the centre facilities has not been determined at this point in time due to budget considerations and at this stage the final funding scenario is still being finalised.
The indoor pool will be heated to 29 degrees. This will enable the pool to be open all year round and will cater for a wide range of activities for people of all ages.
There is provision for a future hydrotherapy pool to be located adjacent the centre.
The centre has not been formally named. A process is in progress that will determine a suitable name.
The entry cost has not yet been determined. However Council will aim for it to be affordable whilst recognizing the need to cover costs.
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