Works start on Beenleigh Aquatic Centre
Published: 25 May 2018
The first sod has been turned on a $5.5 million redevelopment of the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre.
The project will assist in delivering the vision for an active and healthy community as part of Council’s Active Logan Strategy.
Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said Council had allocated $4 million for the first stage of the redevelopment of the popular pool, which would be complemented with a $1.5 million Get Playing Plus grant from the Queensland Government.
“Council made the decision to undertake the renovations in a staged program with the first stage including an indoor heated program pool and an outdoor water play area,” Cr Dalley said.
“Providing these three facilities will mean a lot to our community in terms of jobs and improved community infrastructure and will provide year-round heated pool access for programs such as learn to swim, aqua aerobics and water walking.”
Division 12 Councillor Jennie Breene said improvements included an indoor heated program pool for year-round learn to swim classes, facilities for people with disabilities, water aerobics and a shaded water play zone for very young children.
“The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre was built in the mid-1960s and is due for some major renovations. The existing pool will remain in use during summer, but we have a long-term vision to upgrade it in the future,” Cr Breene said.
“I would like to thank the State Government for adding to Council’s funding and providing support for this much-needed upgrade,” she said.
State Member for Macalister Melissa McMahon said she was pleased to represent the Queensland Government at the event, demonstrating its commitment to deliver greater access to sport and recreational activities where it was needed.
“The Get Playing Plus grants were part of the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative, designed to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level, and we are seeing that here on the ground in Beenleigh," she said.
"In Queensland, swimming is a necessary life skill, and providing Logan residents with access to the facilities needed to develop those skills all year around is vital to not only a healthy outcome but a safe one,” Ms McMahon said.
Works are scheduled for completion later this year, subject to weather and project conditions.
When completed, stage one of the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre Redevelopment Plan will deliver a new indoor heated program pool, water play area, kiosk, office and plant equipment.