Concept plans have been unveiled for the proposed Bundaberg Regional Aquatic Centre, which aims to deliver a state-of-the-art heated pool to promote sports, health and recreation.
Council has identified the Multiplex precinct as the preferred site for a FINA-standard complex with a retractable roof, cafe and grassed spectator area.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the project will deliver one of the most significant sports and recreation facilities in the modern history of Bundaberg.
“It will provide year-round fitness, health and leisure activities, and has the ability to attract regional and state events,” he said.
“We’ve listened to the community and want to ensure a smooth transition from the historic Anzac Park Pool to a new and improved aquatic centre.
“The riverside precinct will be opened up to create a vibrant community space which connects to the CBD.”
Concept plans have also been released for the $19 million redevelopment of Anzac Park.
The project will create new recreational areas, a flexible outdoor event space and a memorial avenue commemorating the region's service personnel.
A Council fact sheet says the new 50-metre, heated competition pool at the Multiplex will support regional and state level events and training camps.
“Subsequent stages of the project will include additional indoor pools as well as fitness, teaching and therapy rooms, creating a facility able to offer comprehensive fitness and health services,” the fact sheet says.
“Co-locating the Bundaberg Regional Aquatic Facility with the Bundaberg Multiplex, which includes a large modern conference centre and the Bundaberg PCYC, will leverage previous investment and create a defined, branded high performance-based precinct.”
Stage one of the regional aquatic centre is estimated to cost $23.8 million and contribute $22.5 million to gross regional product, including $7.8 million directly.
Economic modelling suggests 126 full-time jobs during construction and 13 directly when operating.
Anzac Park recreation area proposed
Council’s Executive Director Strategic Projects and Economic Development, Ben Artup, said funding applications will be submitted to state and federal governments for both projects.
“These two exciting projects will leave a generational legacy through important social infrastructure,” he said.
“The Anzac Park redevelopment will unlock the riverside precinct as community space for recreation and entertainment including a sound shell, water play feature and adventure playground.
“A new state-of-the-art regional aquatic centre near the Multiplex will provide a modern swimming facility for competitive events and deliver year-round health benefits.”
Mr Artup said the Anzac tradition would continue to be integral at Anzac Park and the pool’s heritage would be respected.
“It’s important to note that Council will coordinate the closure of the old pool with the opening of the new aquatic centre to minimise disruption,” he said.
“Timeframes for construction will depend on the success of funding applications.”
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