Ron Mason, Rainbow Beach Sport, Recreation and Memorial Club president, couldn’t wait for opening day and cooled off in the almost-ready-to-open Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre.
Ron Mason, Rainbow Beach Sport, Recreation and Memorial Club president, couldn’t wait for opening day and cooled off in the almost-ready-to-open Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre. Renee Pilcher

Pool's full at Rainbow

PROVING just how much a public pool was needed in Rainbow Beach, Ron Mason jumped into the pool fully clothed to help cool off as the mercury reached 29 degrees yesterday.

President of the Rainbow Beach Sport, Recreation and Memorial Club Mr Mason said Rainbow's new 25m short course Olympic standard swimming pool, complete with electronic touch pads, was almost ready for opening.

Water filled the pool a week ago, for which the Sport and Rec Club had campaigned.

"There's a couple of bits and pieces left to go," he said of the pool, canteen and restrooms adjacent to the existing Sport Club.

Mr Mason said a Federal Government grant ($1 million), along with about $700,000 of the club's money and help from Gympie council bought the plan to fruition.

"Out of 58 applications, 16 were granted. Lyn Wilbraham, from the council, and Lynda Adams, did the work and we were lucky enough."

He said the project was fantastic for Rainbow Beach.

"Our kids can't learn to swim in the ocean, now they can come here."

Gympie mayor Ron Dyne said it was a great asset.

"Council is proud to be a part of it. The club is to be congratulated for the initiative to establish a much- needed service for Rainbow Beach," he said.

Gympie Times


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