Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bundy pool contract awarded


A head contractor to lead construction of a Bundaberg Aquatic Centre has been announced.

TF Woollam and Son Pty Ltd was the successful tenderer for the $75.8 million project that is set to deliver state-of-the-art and year-round training, learn to swim and remedial facilities, Bundaberg Regional Council said this week.

“The contractor was selected for its proven experience with delivering facilities of this scale and its demonstrated commitment to engaging local companies in the construction process,” Council said ina statement.

“Local sub-contractors and suppliers are set contribute to about 40% of the overall project delivery.

“Local businesses were given the opportunity to participate in the project through contractor information sessions in March and are encouraged to contact the TF Woollam and Son Pty Ltd to enquire about potential opportunities to participate in the project.”

Construction on the aquatic centre is expected to get underway within two months.

The generational project will feature a FINA standard Olympic pool complete with grandstand seating and digital scoreboard and indoor 25m lap pool, while a heated program and learn to swim pool will cater to a warm water program for activities including water-based physiotherapy.

Multipurpose rooms for hire, a central courtyard and café complete the facility’s offerings.

With the excitement of the 2032 Olympics in Queensland much of the focus of the project so far has been on its training capabilities but Mayor Jack Dempsey said its health credentials could not be ignored.

“The Bundaberg Aquatic Centre is a facility with the ability to cater to the region’s health needs now and into the future,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“We recognise the importance of learn to swim programs, we know we have skilled athletes who can excel even further with access to facilities like these and we’re excited about the economic opportunities a facility like this creates by attracting large events.

“We also understand residents need access to water for health benefits like remedial therapies and aqua aerobics.

“That’s why we’re planning for the future today to deliver this legacy project. It has been custom designed to meet these needs for our community. The benefits of this facility will be felt by community members for many, many years to come.”

Mayor Dempsey said accessibility was a key feature of the Bundaberg Aquatic Centre.

“All pools will feature a ramp entry option and the two competition pools will be fitted with lifts,” he said.

“The amenities will also incorporate an adult accessible changing table to ensure the entire facility can be enjoyed by all.”

Bundaberg Aquatic Centre pool
The Bundaberg Aquatic Centre’s program pool which features a ramp going into the water.

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