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.
Latest Update 30 March 2012
Stage 1 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 Design Stage:
Design of the new grandstand and shade cover over the 50m swimming pool is nearing completion. Work is expected to commence on construction in the coming months.
Design drawings and planning reports have been completed for development assessment. The Development Assessment has been lodged and Council are now progressing through to the planning approval process.
Last Updated: 16/04/2013