Gympie Celebrates the ARC Opening

Media Release

FN048/2017

01 April 2017

Joint release with:

Llew O'Brien

Federal Member for Wide Bay

Mick Curran

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council

  • Gympie celebrates the $22.2 million Aquatic Recreation Centre opening providing modern health and fitness services to the community.
  • Over 130 jobs created during construction, plus another 18 ongoing jobs providing a regional economic boost.
  • Coalition Government invested $5 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund toward the project.

The community of Gympie celebrated the opening of ‘ARC’ today—A brand new $22.2 million Aquatic Recreation Centre in Gympie.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the ARC would support the thriving Gympie community by providing new swimming facilities and boosting the region’s economy through job creation.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and modern recreational facilities are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.

“The aquatic centre encourages exercise and grassroots sport in the region, and could house the next batch of world-class swimmers!

“This project created more than 130 jobs during construction and a further 30 ongoing jobs at the centre, which is great for the region’s economy.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, who joined the Gympie community for the opening today, said that ARC includes an outdoor 50 metre, eight-lane pool, perfect for hosting regional swimming events.

“In addition to the 50 metre pool, the 25 metre eight-lane heated indoor pool will also provide a great space for aquatic programs all year round,” Mr O'Brien said.

“ARC features facilities suitable for the whole family with a children’s play pool, dual waterslides, and a café. This will give residents and visitors a great place to relax and recuperate throughout the year.”

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council Mick Curran said he was pleased to see the Australian Government investing in the region.

“This is fantastic facility that we are delivering for the Gympie Region which will not only be of great benefit to our residents but which will encourage visitation to our region,” Cr Curran said.

“I congratulate the Federal Government on their support for this project as it allows opportunities for regional Australia to be more liveable and sustainable.”

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($5 million) and the Gympie Regional Council ($17.2 million).