Local contractors are carrying out earthworks on the aquatic centre site, helping to make the process more sustainable with thousands of kilograms of recycled materials.
More than 34,000 cubic metres of dirt and 1000 kilograms of recycled, crushed concrete is being moved to the site by local contractors in the coming weeks.
Stripping of topsoil and levelling the ground is currently underway and environmental controls are in place to prevent stormwater from impacting the site while construction continues.
Council has been stockpiling material onsite from other projects to reduce costs and assist with the bulk earthworks.
There will be almost three metres of fill used in some parts of the site, with a total of 34,000 cubic square metres of soil placed overall as part of the major project.
Towards the end of November equipment will arrive to begin driving large concrete piles into the ground.
The pools and the buildings associated with the Aquatic Centre will be founded on the piles, which range in length from six metres to 15 metres.
Woollam Constructions has been assigned as lead contractor for the project while local sub-contractors will be used throughout the build.
So far, Kleicon, LCB Civil and Gorlicks Excavation have been engaged to undertake aquatic centre earthworks support and Insite SJC are surveying and setting out the works.
Aquatic centre earthworks sees work underway
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was exciting to see the works progress.
“Through this construction, Council is taking advantage of a low interest rate and a fixed contract price that will benefit the project as a whole,” he said.
“The vision of a facility that caters for all abilities, all skillsets and all ages is slowly but surely coming to life.
“Not only is this project about attracting athletes to train here, but it is also about providing the very best for our community now and into the future.
“The benefits of the Aquatic Centre will be felt by community members for many, many years to come.”
About the Aquatic Centre
The Bundaberg Aquatic Centre aims to deliver a year-round, modern facility for fitness, education, therapy and recreation users.
A new, FINA standard, covered, 50m, heated competition pool will support regional and state level events and training camps. Additional indoor heated pools and multi-purpose rooms will be available for fitness, teaching and therapy programs, creating a facility able to offer a range of comprehensive health and fitness services.
Council has elected to deliver the project in a single stage over approximately three financial years.
With work underway on aquatic centre earthworks, find out more about the project here.