NDRRA funding comes to aid of Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre

25 Jun 2012

Restoration works underway on Dee Street, Rockhampton. Works include dig out and replacement of saturated pavement and concrete kerb

It’s not just major infrastructure like roads, bridges and culverts that suffered extensive damage during the 2010-11 summer of natural disasters.

Public facilities like the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre also sustained significant damage - Tropical Cyclones Tasha and Anthony left the carpark pavement in such poor condition that community members were in danger of suffering trips and falls.

The Aquatic Centre is a popular local recreational centre, which runs activities for the local community including swimming club, learn-to-swim classes, underwater hockey, aqua aerobics, swimming squad training and water polo.

It comprises a 50-metre pool and children’s play area, a heated indoor learn-to-swim pool and 25-metre eight-lane heated pool complete with disability ramp for people undergoing physiotherapy, and provides Fraser Coast locals with a facility for training and rehabilitation services year-round.

The Masters Swimming Australia Queensland Championships were hosted at the Centre in March, and it also plays host to regular school and competition swimming carnivals.

While not every sporting facility is eligible for funding under NDRRA arrangements, this Council-owned facility met the funding eligibility criteria.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O’Connell said the pavement damage meant entering and leaving the aquatic centre had become dangerous.

“We understood the carpark had become a health and safety issue requiring urgent attention, and promptly began working closely with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to ensure our pavement reconstruction funding application met NDRRA guidelines,” Councillor O’Connell said.

“The reconstruction design incorporated a provision for subsoil drainage and a provisional quantity of cement-treated base to even out the unstable ground and provide a safe surface for local residents.”

The Centre was re-opened in June 2012.