Pool for Boyne Tannum: “We need to make a start.”

Investigations will commence within weeks into the feasibility in both economic and social terms of a swimming pool/aquatic centre for the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area.

A decision made by the Gladstone Regional Council today in response to a motion by Cr. Kahn Goodluck will make further inroads into turning long-held hopes for a pool in the area into a reality.

“We have an obligation to exhaust all the other funding avenues and I strongly believe that to maintain a downward pressure on rates, we must certainly do that, but we need to make a start,” Cr. Goodluck said on introducing his proposal which included ideas such as:

  • An 8-lane, 50 M swimming pool and/or an 8-lane 25M pool;
  • A heater system for the outdoor pool enabling year-round use;
  • Water slides – as a point of difference not offered elsewhere in Gladstone and to attract the teenage market; as well as
  • An aquatic play area, the potential for shop frontages and café facilities; and shaded spectator areas

While the amount to be spent on a feasibility study is not yet determined, council will call for expressions of interest “to develop an initial cost analysis/business case/concept design to determine the costs of building an Aquatic Recreational Centre in the Boyne Tannum area taking into account the existing aquatic facilities in the region

A comparable study into the Memorial Park redevelopment cost in the vicinity of $250,000.

In unanimously supporting a feasibility study, council undertook to consult with the community once the relevant facts pertaining to expected cost and options were known:

”Once we have the business case and concept designs we can take the options to the community.” Mayor Matt Burnett said.

”I have always supported a pool for Boyne Tannum but I still believe we need State/Federal Government or private investment to reduce the cost to ratepayers. This study will give us the documents we need to take the next steps.” he said.