Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New wave of funding for Millmerran pool

Construction of a 50-metre pool in Millmerran hit a new milestone this week with Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) approving an increase to the budget.

Council says that while the process has taken longer than expected, it was committed to delivering the best outcome for the Millmerran community.

“We’re looking forward to building a new modern 50 metre, six-lane pool in Millmerran,” said TRC Environment and Community Services Committee Chair, Councillor James O’Shea.

“In addition to the pool, there will be new change rooms and recreational waterplay options for Millmerran with the new facilities designed to better service the community, through improved functionality, accessibility and efficiency.

“This is an investment for the future and will provide a long-lasting benefit to all of the Millmerran community.”

In approving an additional budget of $430,000 for the project, Cr O’Shea said Council had undertaken a value management process to investigate potential cost savings for the project while maintaining the scope of delivery.

“Council has worked hard to meet the expectation of the community with this project, while remaining within budget.”

“During the tender process, Council identified issues with the rising cost and increased timeframes for material deliveries due to factors relating to COVID-19 impacts. This is the same problem we’re seeing throughout all of Australia at the moment.

“These changing factors have resulted in a revised timeframe for completion, which is now scheduled for mid-2023 rather than late-2022, weather permitting.

“Council expects construction activities to commence in March 2022 and in the intervening period various approvals and design activities will be completed,” he said.

For safety reasons, the facility will remain closed during construction until the project is completed in mid-2023.

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