Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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).