Beach centre dives right in
THE enthusiastically awaited official opening of the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre will happen tomorrow.
Rainbow Beach Sport, Recreation and Memorial Club manager Rick Modin promised a huge day of entertainment and official functions with live music all day, indigenous dancers, markets and citizens' award presentations as well as the centre's formal VIP opening, starting at 11am.
"We're hoping for fine weather, but if it rains, Plan B will be inside the club," Mr Modin said yesterday.
The big $2 million centre has been described locally as "the town's first significant piece of community infrastructure not funded from chook raffles".
The centre, attached to the club, has been in use since February, when club president Ron Mason jumped in fully clothed on a 29-degree summer's day.
Queensland Senator Joe Ludwig announced federal funding for the project two years ago, standing in for Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese.
Club officials also thanked Gympie Regional Council for its installation of energy and water-saving measures, adding to $500,000 raised in the small beach community.
Opening day will include an opening by Queensland Senator John Hogg, federal Wide Bay MP Warren Truss, Gympie state MP David Gibson, Mayor Ron Dyne and councillors - all underway from 11am.
Big Beach Sunday
Official aquatic centre opening time - 11am
Guests include Senator John Hogg, MPs Warren Truss and David Gibson, Mayor Ron Dyne. Entertainment from Australian Institute of Country Music and the Butchulla Dancers