New aquatic centre makes a splash in Blackwater

Media Release

FN032/2017

04 March 2017

  • Blackwater community celebrates opening of $15 million Aquatic Centre
  • New facility boasts Olympic standard pools and aero depth splash pad
  • Project funded under the Coalition Government's National Stronger Regions Fund

The town of Blackwater is set to make a splash in regional Australia as its new $15.1 million aquatic centre opened to the community today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said that this project is a perfect example of how the Coalition's National Stronger Regions Fund is improving communities across regional Queensland.

“The new Centre has an Olympic sized pool, a smaller heated pool and a zero depth splash pad interactive wet play space,” Minister Nash said.

“Having access to top-notch facilities such as these provides the community with a wonderful recreation space while also supporting the next generation of Olympians to reach their sporting potential.

“I aim to build the kind of regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and sporting and recreation facilities like the new Blackwater Regional Aquatic Centre definitely helps do that.”

Federal LNP Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd joined the residents of Blackwater for the official opening today and said he was excited to see how the pool will be used by the community.

“I was fortunate enough to turn the first sod marking the start of construction on the centre back in January 2016, and I am very impressed with the completed centre,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“The pools have been designed to meet Swimming Australia guidelines with the Centre capable of hosting large swimming competitions, boosting local tourism and the economy.”

Mayor of Central Highlands Regional Council Kerry Hayes said the new pool facilities have been built with the future in mind.

“The facility is both environmentally and community friendly. The rain water tanks and our solar panels will help keep maintenance costs down while the new hall and kitchen will find use with community events,” Cr Hayes said.

“We fully expect the pool to become a focal point for our communal spirit.”

The aquatic centre was a jointly funded project between the Australian Government ($6,256,543), the Central Highlands Council ($6,535,598), and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance ($2,313,913).