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Gympie dives into a new Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Gympie Regional Council will open their state-of-the-art $22.2 million Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC) this Saturday (1 April, 2017).

Gympie Regional Mayor Mick Curran said ARC the most modern aquatic centre on the eastern seaboard and expected it to make a big splash when it opened on the weekend.

“ARC is a world-class facility that offers something for everyone,”Councillor Curran said”.

“You can slip the slide, swim a lap, watch and clap, kick back or work out.  And, thanks to the energy efficient heated indoor pool and gym, our community can keep fit and wet all-year-round.

“This facility will give Gympie kids, and our regional neighbours, the opportunity to train and compete in one of Australia’s finest pools.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank The Federal Government for providing funding for this important community infrastructure and for investing in regional Queensland.”

Gympie’s ARC boasts a 50 metre competition standard swimming pool with spectator seating for 600; a 25 metre eight lane heated indoor swimming pool; two waterslides; splash pad and kids’ activity zone including tipping buckets and sprinklers; and a gym and café.

Both pools have a wheelchair ramp, allowing people with limited mobility easy access to the water.

The ARC has a strong sustainability focus and has been designed to minimise impact on the environment, with solar panels providing much of the power for the facilities’ pumps, filtration, heating and lighting.

ARC will have minimal impact on the environment but Councillor Curran predicts it will have a big boost on the local economy.

“ARC will support up to 30 staff and, we anticipate, it will attract people come from far and wide,” Cr Curran said.

Gympie Regional Council will open the pool to the public tomorrow, Saturday 1 April and to celebrate the launch is offering free entry.

“We want to give Gympie residents a chance to see the impressive ARC.  We’d love everyone to come along,” he said.

As well as guided tours, people will be able to give the water slides a go, try an aquarobics class, or sit down for a coffee and listen to some live music at the onsite café.

There will be kid’s games and activities, face painting and a jumping castle.

The ARC will open at 10am Saturday 1 April and close at 6pm.