New aquatic centre will have all the trimmings
GYMPIE's new aquatic centre will include a 50m eight lane competition pool, a 25m undercover heated pool, a children's water park similar to one in Hervey Bay, cafes, parkland with barbecues and about 100 car parks.
Cr Dyne said the council was also looking at including a waterslide on site if it fitted into the budget.
The 50m pool would be built to Olympic standard, allowing major carnivals to be held in the Gold City, while the children's water play park would include big buckets and interactive activities similar to those found in other major cities.
Gympie residents have been crying out for a new pool facility for a long time and it is one of the most called-for pieces of public infrastructure on the Gympie Times Facebook site.
Cr Dyne said the old Memorial Pool on River Rd was in a flood zone and had had its day.
"It's about 60-years-old, hard to upkeep and doesn't meet modern expectations," Cr Dyne said.
Council had investigated improving the current site, but decided against it.
Cr Dyne said the community woule be without a pool for 18 months while construction was completed.
Council officers have completed about 90% of the master plan for the new site on Tozer Park Rd.
Engineer Bob Fredman said there was just some fine tuning to do before determining a budget, putting it before council, and calling for tenders.
Cr Dyne said he was hoping for State help to fund the project.
"It would be nice to get some State Government support," he said.
"We are trying to build something for the entire family."
Council has also joined forces with proponents of a new hydrotherapy pool in Gympie and set aside space for a hydrotherapy pool on site.
Cr Dyne said council's first priority was the new aquatic centre.
But he said they were happy to work with residents on the proposed hydrotherapy pool.