Burnie Aquatic Centre Opening

The Burnie City Council has announced that the Burnie Aquatic Centre indoor pool will be opening its doors to the public at noon on Tuesday, 5 July.

Mayor Anita Dow said that the opening was the end of a long journey for the Burnie community, after years of lobbying and planning for an indoor 25 metre swimming pool.

“The Aquatic Centre will be a great facility for the whole community, with a focus on providing year round learn to swim programs, swimming training and leisure activities.”

“The indoor pool has been purpose built for learn to swim programs, but it will also meet the needs of lap swimmers. Sea-Lyons Aquatics, who will be operating the pool on behalf of Council, is also planning to provide a number of leisure activities, both organised and informal.”

“The Aquatic Centre has been a large and complex project, and as with many projects of this size and scope there have been a number of issues that have introduced a slightly later opening date than planned. Council believes that it is better to have all these issues resolved, rather than to rush and have further issues after opening.”

Mayor Dow paid tribute to the Aquatic Centre Working Group which had worked closely with Council over a number of years, to lobby for funding, and then to assist in the design of the pool.

“In particular I wish to acknowledge Keith Boyle, the Chair of the Working Group, whose leadership and commitment to the project has been outstanding. I thank Keith for the time and energy which he has contributed to this significant community project.”

“I also want to acknowledge the great work of Stubbs Constructions in building the pool, with the support of many technical consultants, engineers and trades people. This is a technically complex project on a challenging site, and it is a tribute to the company to have completed it on budget, and within a tight schedule. I am sure that the Aquatic Centre will be a source of pride for everyone involved.”

Mayor Dow also acknowledged the operators of the Aquatic Centre, local company Sea-Lyons Aquatics.

“James and Jeremy Lyons have managed the pool on Council’s behalf for many years, and have been closely involved in the establishment of the new aquatic centre.”

“Their passion and commitment to the Aquatic Centre is outstanding, and we are very pleased that a local business will be operating the pool after a rigorous and competitive selection process.” 

“Council encourages the whole community to visit the Aquatic Centre in the coming weeks and to take advantage of this fantastic facility. A formal opening will be held in October when the outdoor pool and splash pad are also operating, but I encourage everyone to try the new indoor pool.”

The Aquatic Centre redevelopment was made possible through grants from both the State and Federal Governments, with Council providing the balance of funding.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net