Local construction company announced for Burnie pool project

With a boost for local employment, Burnie City Council can today announce local firm Stubbs Constructions as the successful tenderer for the Burnie Aquatic Centre Redevelopment Project, including the integration of an upgrade to the PCYC facility.

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 Program, $3 million from the Tasmanian Government and $2.8 million from Burnie City Council.

Council will also be upgrading the PCYC facility at a cost of $1.9 million which is fully funded by Council.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “This is an exciting project, that will provide better facilities and all year round opportunities for children to receive more learn to swim skills. The new centre will provide a healthier lifestyle opportunity for all ages.

“The newly designed Aquatic Centre 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 a community formed 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,” Mayor Dow said.

Redevelopment works will commence firstly on the PCYC building in January/February 2015 and on the aquatic centre in March after the close of the 2014/15 current swim season.

Mr Brett Whiteley MP for Braddon said, “I am pleased that a local company has been awarded the Burnie pool redevelopment.  The North-West region is privileged to have a number of high quality home-grown construction companies that can be called on for major developments like the Burnie pool redevelopment.”

Stubbs Constructions Managing Director Wayne Licht said, “We are thrilled to be awarded this project and it provides a much needed boost to the coastal construction industry. It is a large development for the area and one that the community will really benefit from. We are looking forward to creating a centre that the community will enjoy for years to come.”

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.

The community will be without a pool next 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 by May 2016.

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For further information please contact

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

Email: ldobson@burnie.net