Gladstone Aquatic Centre’s Splash Zone reopens

Gladstone Aquatic Centre’s Splash Zone reopens

Gladstone Aquatic Centre’s upgraded Splash Zone reopened on the first day of spring and the start of the new swimming season.

The $1.2m COVID Works for Queensland upgrade, the first of three staged upgrades to the centre, also included the installation of a 230m boundary fence, installation of a new main electrical switchboard and upgrades to the filtration and chemical dosing plant.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said once the onsite works commenced, floor grinding and concrete surface preparation of the zone took place first, then surface coating and installation of the activity tower that was complemented by a state-of-the-art tiling system.

“The upgraded Splash Zone features two innovative products – Tuffcoat and CombiTile – that are used for surface coating and fall protection respectively,” Councillor Burnett said.

“The company tasked with the design and construction of the upgraded Splash Zone, Playscape Creations, selected these products as their properties allow for a safe and durable non-slip surface with the added benefit of reduced ongoing maintenance.”

Georgia, 5, who tried the upgraded zone out on the first day of reopening, gave the new water slide two thumbs up.

“It’s really fast,” she said with excitement.

“I can’t wait to go back!”

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the Works for Queensland program was designed to help council deliver infrastructure that will not only create jobs, but continue to make Gladstone the “best place to live, work and play in Australia”.

“So far, $26.01 million in funding has supported nearly 400 jobs in Gladstone through Works for Queensland,” Minister Butcher said.

“It’s works like this that is all part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, delivering jobs in Central Queensland by partnering with local councils.

“While it might have been a bit cold during winter to make the most of it, we’re now ready to go for the next season of aquatic adventures for the kids.”

More works at the centre are in the pipeline, with Stage 2 Works set to be funded under the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI).

The LRCI Program will fund $1.6m in upgrades including renovations to the 25m pool amenities, renovations to the 50m pool amenities and external pool lighting upgrade.

The $2.4m Stage 3 Works, funded under the 2021-24 Works for Queensland Program, will include 25m pool tile replacement, heating system upgrade, and pool enclosure upgrade, 50m pool tile replacement and pool heating system, and grandstand and shade sail upgrades.

These works are expected to commence next year and will be completed in stages in order to minimise disruption to swimmers.