New Burnie Aquatic Centre makes a splash

Burnie’s Aquatic Centre is set to be redeveloped, with Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley in Burnie to confirm the Australian Government’s $3 million commitment today.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the upgrade would ensure residents of Burnie would soon have access to high quality indoor aquatic facilities.

“We are a nation of high-achievers in sport, so it is important we give our regional communities every opportunity to find our next sporting champions,” Mr Briggs said.

“The Australian Government is strongly committed to levelling the playing field between our regional communities and our cities, ensuring that every Australian has equal access to opportunities.

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley said the new indoor centre would deliver health and social benefits to the local community.

As a venue for swimming and other aquatic exercise, the new centre will promote community wellbeing as well as important water safety skills,” Mr Whiteley said.

“The project will be jointly funded with the Tasmanian Government committing $3 million and Burnie City Council providing $2 million.

“The redevelopment includes new change rooms, a kiosk, an indoor, eight lane, 25 metre learn to swim and lap pool, and an outdoor children’s splash play area”.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said Council was working closely with the Aquatic Centre staff, community working group and PCYC staff to plan the progression of the development on the site.

“It is exciting to see the plans for the new centre revealed today,” Mayor Kons said.

“Unfortunately due to construction, the community will be without a pool between October 2015 to March 2016.

“While we understand it will be an inconvenience for community members to be without this facility for a season, by mid-2016 Burnie will have an all year round facility for swimming.  

The pool will open for the 2014-15 season on Saturday, 11 October 2014, before closing on 15 March 2015 for the beginning of the redevelopment.

For further information please contact

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

Email: ldobson@burnie.net