Alpha Aquatic Centre re-opens with a splash

Media Release


20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Rob Chandler

Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council

Bruce Scott

Federal Member for Maranoa

Alpha families no longer have to wait for warm weather to enjoy a swim, with the town's new heated pool now open for public use.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $1.4 million towards the $4.2 million project under the Regional Development Australia Fund.

“This is an excellent example of the Australian Government's commitment to work with local government to build productive infrastructure for communities right across Australia, particularly in regional areas which sometimes lack the facilities of larger centres,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott commended the council for their contribution to this project, which will provide lasting social and health benefits and ensure rural and remote communities have access to infrastructure of the 21st century.

“Year-round access to modern recreational and therapeutic pool facilities with will improve Alpha's liveability and help meet the region's future needs,” Mr Scott said.

“The new pool facilities will ensure activities such as swimming carnivals and community fun days can continue. It will also encourage people to be healthy and active, particularly during the hot summer months.”

Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council Rob Chandler said that council was pleased to work with the Australian Government to deliver the upgrade.

“Works included the construction of a 25 metre, eight lane heated pool with wheelchair access and the installation of new plant and chlorinator facilities and lighting,” Cr Chandler said.

“Locally up to 20 jobs were created during construction, with at least one ongoing job created as a result of the project.”

The Alpha Aquatic Centre Redevelopment project was jointly funded by the Australian Government providing $1.4 million and the Barcaldine Regional Council contributing $2.8 million.