Rocky's state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre opens

Media Release


20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Cherie Rutherford

Councillor Rockhampton Regional Council

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Rockhampton's Second World War Memorial Aquatic Centre officially opens its doors today, providing state of the art swimming facilities for locals and visitors alike.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $5 million towards the Stage Two redevelopment of the centre.

“The Australian Government is working together with state and local governments to deliver much needed community infrastructure projects like this one, right across Australia,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the centre was the state's only FINA competition compliant facility outside south east Queensland.

“The new Aquatic Centre will be one of the jewels in Rockhampton's crown, attracting people from surrounding areas for competition and recreational activities,” Ms Landry said.

“Stage two works included the refurbishment of the existing diving pool and construction of a fully enclosed heated ‘Learn to Swim’ facility, an eight lane 25 metre pool and a lagoon/waterpark leisure zone with water play equipment and shade sail. It's going to be a real hit with local families.

“Locally, 50 jobs were created during construction with 20 ongoing jobs created as a result of the project. There is also the potential to create an extra 20 jobs once all of the programs and services are implemented.”

Rockhampton Regional Council's Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the facility will be frequently used by the community.

“This fantastic new aquatic centre will help support and promote swimming as a sport and be a real hub for families to enjoy time together throughout the year. Council is very pleased to have partnered with all three levels of government and private enterprise to deliver this significant project,” Cr Rutherford said.

The multi-staged project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($5 million), Queensland Government ($7 million) and the Rockhampton Regional Council ($5.8 million).