Grand plan for mult-million dollar aquatic centre
GYMPIE swimmers and families could be enjoying the luxuries of a $20 million aquatic centre - including a 10-lane, 50m competition pool, water slide, splash pad and six-lane, 25m indoor heated pool - in less than two years.
The ambitious project to make Gympie a regional aquatic destination took a big step forward this week when Gympie Regional Council formally adopted a concept plan for the Tozer Park Rd development and sent off its funding submissions to the State and Federal Governments.
Mayor Ron Dyne says he would like to see the centre built and open for business by early 2016.
"The current (Memorial) pool is almost 60 years old and below the standard found in most regional centres. One of council's key responsibilities is to provide a range of services which support the well-being of its residents," he said.
The concept plan adopted this week also includes an "optional" hydrotherapy pool, coffee shop, an area set aside for "other" water slides and a 250sq m leisure pool.
Cr Rae Gate, who heads the council's social well-being portfolio, has visited six similar waterparks around the state in recent months as part of the council's research into the project.
She said this week the Rockhampton council had contributed $5 million towards its aquatic centre, the State Government $5 million and the Federal Government $7 million.
Cr Gate said a park in Gladstone of similar scale to Gympie's also features a splash zone for children like the one proposed for Gympie.
That splash zone has proven to be so popular it generated $70,000 in income in its first three months, she added.
A splash pad or spray pool is a recreation area for water play for children under 12 that has little or no standing water. It can include things like ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad's raindeck and /or other water features such as a large bucket that slowly fills up and empties out, like the one at Wet'n'Wild's Buccaneer Bay on the Gold Coast.
Cr Mick Curran said his earlier concerns about the location (on the old council depot site in Tozer Park Rd) were not shared by the rest of the council and he now endorsed the centre, though he was concerned about the ongoing costs.
Those costs are expected to be high due to the high-standard facility the council hopes to build.
A council report on the project this week pointed out that "while it may be possible to try and reduce that cost, given the facility will have a life of in excess of 50 years and cater for a population more than double of what the region has now, building a minimal facility would be short sighted".
1. 50m, 10-lane competition pool
2. Seating berm
3. Pool deck
4. Shade structure over seating berm & pool
5. Swim club
6. Viewing deck
8. Filter yard
9. Plantroom (all pools) - under swim club
10. Leisure pool (250 sq m)
11. 25m, 6-lane indoor program pool
12. Program pool enclosure
14 PWD access ramp
15. Life guard station
16. Area for water slides (by others)
17. Storm water catchment drain
18. Dry creek bed
19. Bridge over dry creek bed
20. Deck to edge of dry creek bed
21. Central access Spine
22. Activity area
24. Shade structures
25. Landscaped areas
26. External concourse
27. Taxi drop off
28. Bus drop off
30. Existing carpark retained (optional)
31. Existing footpath
32. New footpath
33. Car parking area (50 carparks)
34. New access driveway
35. Emergency access to Grounds
36. Existing gravel driveway
37. Gravel service area
38. Indoor hydrotherapy pool (optional)
39. Reception, kiosk & cafe servery
40. Cafe kitchen
41. Cafe - outdoor dining
42. Family rooms
43. Amenities - Female
44. Amenities - Male
45. Shower spray area
47. First Aid
48. Communications room
51. Family rooms
52. Storage/ Janitorial
53. Amenities - Female
54. Amenities - Male
56. Shower spray area
57. Washroom - Female
58. Washroom - Male