Gympie's Aquatic centre to open in late 2016
COUNCILLOR Rae Gate seconded the adoption of the budget, thanking Mayor Mick Curran for leading the budget discussions.
"This is a strong, responsible budget with reductions for all rate payers, given that the 10% discount will be reintroduced in the second half of the annual rates," she said.
"This will be of benefit to many across the region given the tough economic times.
"Councillors began budget discussions in late April, meaning that considerable time has been spent in coming to the budget that has been presented today for adoption and that the 2.73% (minimum general rate) increase has been given much consideration.
"The aquatic and recreation centre... has a further $6 million (next financial year), rollover of the unspent part of the $5m (allocated this year), Federal Government $5m will see the commencement of the construction as the architect and consultation is now in the final stages of completion.
"Roadworks /carpark (at the centre) will begin later this year and the pool's constructions will be the next stage, bringing us closer to a proposed opening in the swimming season late 2016.
"Community facilities will see the Civic Centre upgrades, Gold City Centre Stage amenities upgrade, additions to the Kilkivan Hall, Gympie Showgrounds switchboard upgrade, art gallery car park improvements, off leash dog park and Lake Alford progression."
The aquatic centre will include a 50m outdoor regional competition pool, a 25m heated indoor pool, a leisure pool/splash pad, activity zone with a fort and tipping bucket, and dual water slides.