This $8 million Aquatic Centre Redevelopment Project is possible due to the joint support of $3 million by the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Program, $3 million from the Tasmanian Government and $2 million from Burnie City Council.
The newly designed Aquatic Centre and PCYC Redevelopment project includes an indoor eight lane 25 metre learn to swim and lap pool and an outdoor children’s splash play area. The 50 metre outdoor pool and splash pad will operate during the summer season only.
The new building will also home new change rooms, kiosk area and offices. These facilities will be integrated with the PCYC building with a shared main entry point.
The PCYC committee have worked closely with the Aquatic Centre Working Group to integrate the two services, and by doing so has provided an upgraded multi-use hall. By looking at the site as a whole, it has also been possible to improve the parking arrangements, especially for buses and to make it safer for all users. Council has committed to funding the redevelopment of the PCYC building in the 2015/16 budget.
Due to the space requirements for the indoor pool and its current condition, the diving pool will be demolished. It is hoped in the future a waterslide may be an additional element to the site, however this will be considered when the current outdoor 50 metre pool needs an upgrade. The current paddling pool will also be removed, due to the distance from the indoor facility and its deteriorating condition, and replaced with an outdoor splash pad, that is close to both the Olympic and indoor pool.
Works began on the PCYC building in February 2015 and on the aquatic centre site in March 2015.
The community will be without a pool this season (October 2015 to March 2016). This cannot be avoided as this project will take over 12 months in construction. The project is scheduled to be completed and open in July 2016.