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2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre Development


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Project Description:

The redevelopment of the Southside Memorial Pool will improve the liveability of central Queensland through the delivery of an inter-regional sport and recreation community asset.  The local pool will be redeveloped to include a 50m pool with disabled access, 25m pool, a learn-to-swim facility a zero depth / wading pool recreation zone, new entry building and amenities and a 90 space car park.  The $17M project has been funded by the Federal Government $5M, State Government $7M and Rockhampton Regional Council $5M.

The pool will be only one of two FINA compliant facilities located outside of South East Queensland and will have the capacity to host inter-regional, state, and national events. It will create a potential swimming hub for the Region and attract tourists to the area. 

The redevelopment aligns with the community’s vision for the Victoria Park and Showgrounds area as a ‘Play Hard’ precinct.  This will be viewed as the destination sporting precinct for the Region and accommodates many premier sporting facilities and events.  When completed, the facility will be the only one of its kind in Queensland outside of the southeast corner, delivering real benefits to much of Queensland north of Bundaberg and South of Cairns.

Estimated Total Cost:

$17 million project, $5 million funded by the Federal Government and $7 million funded by the State Government.

Duration of Project:


Stage 1

Status: Complete

New heated FINA 50m X 10 lane swimming pool opened to the public.

As part of stage one of the redevelopment, the Rockhampton Southside Memorial Pool Accessibility Project procured a Pool and Wet Area wheelchair, providing equitable access to the facility for the whole of the community. This accessibility project was jointly funded by Rockhampton Regional Council and Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs under the Accessible Communities Program.

Stage 2

Status: Complete
Construction of New 650 seat capacity Grandstand and Shade Structure. This unique state of the art membrane structure forms the centre piece of the pools redevelopment. This is now complete and has been used to full capacity test; hosting a number of major swimming events. This project was delivered under a funding allocation from the State Government.

Stage 3 almost complete:

The final stage of the redevelopment is well under way with around 90% already completed. This includes:

  • New heated 25m pool which has been completed in time for the Australian Masters Games. (completed)
  • Learn to Swim enclosure. (in final stages)
  • New entry building, with reception, kiosk, first aid rooms, family change rooms, male and female amenities and a new Café / Restaurant. (completed)
  • Wet Play Area with a Mega Bucket, a number of smaller bucket features, a wet play fort and various water cannons and spray over a varying depth wet play area. (completed)
  • refurbishment of Old Dive Tower with new access structure for the 5m and 10m platforms. (completed)
  • New car park. (started December 2014)

Completion date:

All aquatic facility re-developments were completed for opening in summer 2014. The car park is expected to be completed by April 2015.

Last Updated: 24/12/2014
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