Saturday, May 25, 2024

New-look Whyalla recreation centre reopens

City of Whyalla Council officially reopened the Whyalla Recreation Centre at the weekend following a major upgrade of the facility.

The Council says community members can look forward to enjoying the leisure and 25-metre pools, new water feature toys, as well as the upgraded spa and sauna.

Mayor, Phill Stone said it was exciting to be able to reopen the entire facility to residents.

“The community has made it clear how important this facility is to them, so we trust they’ll enjoy this extensive upgrade,” said Mayor Stone.

“We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved in the project – which resulted in a significant amount of work for local contractors and ongoing injection into the economy – as well as the community for their patience during the closure period.

“These current works will not only improve the facility for years to come, but also pave the way for larger upgrades in the future, which will always involve external funding.”

Mayor Phill Stone with Benny Brown from Impact Built in the new-look sauna.

Site Manager for Hydrilla – the lead contractor on the project – Mick Coulthard, said it was a proud moment to see the project completed and the facility reopened to the community.

“We’ve been committed to ensuring the highest quality of work, and that the upgrades were completed in a timely manner with a focus on safety and longevity,” Mr Coulthard said.

“We also made every effort to prioritise local contractors, content and spend wherever possible – including sub-contracting local electricians, builders and labour hire and utilising local businesses such as retail, accommodation and equipment hire – to maximise the benefit for the Whyalla economy.”

During the works, the Recreation Centre offered a range of activities to keep the community connected and involved in their project. Council says the events received positive feedback from the community for providing fun and engaging activities during school holidays and weekends.

Whyalla Recreation Centre Manager, James Adair expressed his gratitude for everyone who played a role in the upgrade.

“We couldn’t be happier with the results. It was great to see the community enjoy a range of different activities; we hope to have some of these become regular activities for the centre moving forward,” he said.

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