By Aaron Goodwin
Describing it as a generational project, Bundaberg Regional Council (BRC) released detailed designs for the new Bundaberg Regional Aquatic Centre.
The aquatic centre will cater for people of all abilities and include a FINA standard pool, indoor lap pool, cafe, court yard and multipurpose rooms for hire, a heated program and a learn to swim pool.
It will be next door to the Bundaberg Multiplex, on the corner of Walker Street and Pyefinch Boulevard.
BRC said the facility would be operational by mid-2024, although the project cost was still being refined as the design progressed.
Estimates have included $30 and $45 million for the facility, with the council already committing $6.6 million in its 2021-22 budget and the State Government investing $13 million.
A BRC spokesperson said: ”Rather than complete the project in two stages, council has made the decision to construct the entire facility at once.”
‘We will continue to seek additional funding for the entire facility.
”Fifty per cent of the design will be presented in November 2021 and final designs are expected mid-2022.
”We may commence some early earthworks in early 2022, however this is subject to how the design develops.
”The main construction is expected to commence around mid-2022.
”In this latest round of targeted community consultation, the feedback has more been about refinement of requirements, such as what storage different organisations require and how different organisations might use each of the pools.
”In earlier community consultation sessions held in 2019 and 2020, the community supported the project, identifying that it will allow for year round access to pools and significantly improves disability access compared to the existing pools.”
The 50m FINA standard Olympic pool will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for the region’s elite and up-and-coming athletes.
The pool’s width and depth match those used for Olympic competition and will include elevated grandstand seating along one side of the pool.
Featuring eight lanes, a boom option will also allow this pool to be split into two to accommodate other desired distances, such as two 25m pools to support uses like water polo competitions.
A large digital scoreboard has also been incorporated into the design.
The indoor lap pool will be within a fully enclosed ‘pool hall’ and will be 25m long, eight lanes wide and heated to 28 degrees.
The pool can be fully enclosed to allow it to be used in all weather and skylights will enhance natural daylight into the hall.
The pool hall will feature large doors allowing it to be opened to natural ventilation when weather permits.
This pool will be available for aqua aerobics, learn to swim and school-based swim programs.
The Bundaberg Regional Aquatic Facility will be accessible via Pyefinch Boulevard, in addition to access through a service road with drop-off function.
A landscaped forecourt area will be separated from the drop off area with bollards.
Pool entry will be located to the right of the entrance area while the café will be immediately accessible from the left.
A central court yard will provide open space and a communal area for recreation and social gathering outside the pools.
This area will feature landscaping that offers natural shade and ‘dry’ play equipment.
Several multipurpose and hire rooms will allow sports groups and community organisations to undertake out-of-pool activities.
These rooms will support class-based training which might be associated with the pool, such as CPR and life guard qualifications.