Works start on Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre

Media Release


25 January 2016

Joint release with:

Jackie Trad

Deputy Premier Minister for Infrastructure,
Local Government and Planning

Mick Curran

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council

Construction has begun on the Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC)—a $22.25 million project to meet community demand for a local recreation facility that can host regional competitions, training and lap swimming, indoor community programmes and leisure activities.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, who was on-site today to turn the first sod, said the Australian Government had committed $5 million to the project through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

"The Fund will provide $1 billion nationally over five years and is targeted to support projects like this one that deliver strong economic outcomes and boost liveability," Mr Truss said.

"The ARC will provide an employment boost to the region. It is expected to create around 270 jobs during the construction phase and 12 ongoing jobs once construction is complete."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the ARC will feature a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor heated pool and a water play area.

"Related works, including landscaping, car parks and road works, are already well advanced. The construction of an overflow car park is already complete, capable of providing up to 50 additional cars during events," Ms Trad said.

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council Mick Curran said demand for an aquatic centre had increased significantly over the years, as the population in the Gympie region continues to grow.

"The sod turn today brings us another step closer to delivering this vital piece of community infrastructure," Cr Curran said.

"ARC will be a real community asset with benefits for the community's social and physical wellbeing and for the liveability of the whole Gympie region."

The $22.25 million Aquatic Regional Centre is being funded with $5 million from the Australian Government, $100,000 from the Queensland Government and $17.15 million from Gympie Regional Council.