Regular users of the Gin Gin Swimming Pool will notice a few improvements when the new swimming season begins today.
Prominent among the new structures at the pool is a modular tiered grandstand with an area set aside specifically for wheelchair access and viewing.
Pool operator Brett Powell said the new improvements added to the more efficient running of the pool.
“The grandstand, which has been installed by Steel Post and Rail, is a fantastic addition to pool amenities and will certainly cater to swimming cub competitions and school events in a much more comfortable manner,” Brett said.
Sam Rabjohns, a director with Steel Post and Rail said the company had been delighted to win the contract from Council to install the grandstand.
“We have undertaken several projects with Bundaberg Regional Council including work at the Recreational Precinct.”
Brett said a block of four storage sheds have also been added and these will cater to the onsite storage need of the Kolan Swimming Club and the Gin Gin High and Primary Schools.
“Among other projects happening is the provision of additional space for general storage included in the reconstructed plant room and a resurfacing of the toddler pool.
“Starting blocks have been upgraded and work is underway on a new pool access lift although shipping delays will see the lift arrive and installed in December,” Brett said.
The work, funded mainly through Council’s Capital Works budget, has been carried out at a cost of just under $246,000.
Council Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesman Cr Vince Habermann said the improvements to the Gin Gin Swimming Pool were in line with Council’s program to ensure facilities are maintained and upgraded to allow the community to enjoy recreational opportunities.
“I am certain the community and those members of organisations that use the pool for club activities and competition will find the improvements very beneficial,” he said.
Cr Habermann said Council had continued to provide a significant investment into swimming pools across the region with the Childers Pool receiving a major makeover, including heating, which was officially opened earlier this year.”
The operating hours of the Gin Gin Swimming Pool are 9am to 5pm weekdays, 10am to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday.