EXCLUSIVE: See the new Aquatic Centre come together
NEW aerial footage has provided a never- before-seen view of Gympie's emerging Aquatic Recreation Centre.
The photographs, obtained with the use of a drone this week, show the wide range of facilities that will be offered in the park.
The most notable recent addition to the construction site is two water slides, which are sure to stir up some excitement with Gympie region children.
Gympie Regional Council confirmed yesterday the slide structures were in place, with tubing being installed.
The $22.5 million project represents a significant investment for the Gympie area, and is expected to draw visitors to the city and create up to 50 new local jobs; a figure that could rise to 90 during peak periods, according to the managers Belgravia Leisure.
The ARC will include a 50m outdoor pool, 25m indoor heated pool and a water play area.
The centre is slowly taking shape, with final fit-outs being installed in at least one building expected to house a leisure pool, first aid centre and office space.
The ARC is expected to be open in February, in time to catch the end of summer.
The project was spearheaded by previous Gympie mayor, the late Ron Dyne, who considered it was needed to accommodate a growing region.
"The current pool is almost 60 years old and below the standard found in most regional areas,” Mr Dyne said back in 2014.
"One of (the) council's key responsibilities is to provide a range of services which support the well-being of its residents.”
Mr Dyne died last year.
His name will be incorporated in an area of the centre to recognise the fact that he was a driving force behind the project.
The ARC will also feature a war memorial, continuing the tradition started at the Gympie Memorial Pool which will close early next year.
With the Gympie region tipped to undergo a major period of growth and economic development in the next few years, the ARC has provided opportunities for locals throughout its development.
Up to 20 Gympie region businesses have been involved in the project.
"It's obviously a massive undertaking, and a big employment opportunity,” Belgravia Queensland state manager Dan Cullen says.