Burnie aquatic centre closes for redevelopment

In celebration of the Burnie Aquatic Centre Redevelopment Project, the community enjoyed free entry to the pool over the weekend and a last dip before the doors close (6pm Sunday, 15 March 2015) for construction until May 2016.

The Aquatic Centre Redevelopment Project value is $8.8 million. The facility is possible due to the joint support of $3 million by the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme, $3 million from the Tasmanian Government and $2.8 million from Burnie City Council.

The PCYC facility will be integrated with the Aquatic Centre at a cost of $1.9 million which is fully funded by Council. Works have already begun to construct a multi-use gymnasium on the PCYC site.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “Today we officially turned the sod to mark the beginning of construction at the Burnie Aquatic Centre. The project will take over 12 months to complete, which will mean that next summer the community will be without a pool.

“While this will be an inconvenience at the time, I am excited that by May 2016 Burnie will have a year round centre and improved facilities to enjoy.”

The finished project will include 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 include new change rooms, kiosk area and offices. These facilities will be integrated with the PCYC building through a shared main entry point.

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 50 metre and indoor pool.

Visit www.burnie.net to view the project plans and read further information.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net