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.