It was a day of water fun at the official Isis War Memorial Pool opening event, with the community invited to take a dip to celebrate the occasion.
The recently revamped pool has already been heavily utilised since its soft opening in December, with residents taking advantage of the fantastic facility during the school holidays.
The upgrade at Isis War Memorial Swimming Pool included the installation of heat pumps, a PV solar system to offset electricity costs and a roof structure over the swimming pool.
The project received funding of $1.3 million from Bundaberg Regional Council, $100,000 from Bendigo Bank and $300,000 from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grant program.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the upgrade has provided a facility that encourages recreational and competitive use over a longer period.
“This is a key project for the local community,” he said.
“The upgrade to the Childers Pool will include heating in addition to the roof covering which provides an all-weather and sun-safe aspect.”
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said he was pleased the Federal Government was able to contribute funding towards the upgrade of the pool.
“This facility can now be utilised year round and provide important protection from the sun,” he said.
“The heated pool will also allow patients with physical ailments to undertake low-resistance rehabilitation and year-round hydro-therapy.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $300,000 investment in community infrastructure would provide long-term benefits to the Bundaberg Region.
“In addition to providing healthy activities in an inclusive community facility, this project also produced economic benefits to the region as it supported a total of 30 jobs both directly and indirectly,” Mr McCormack said.