The Maryborough Aquatic Centre’s 50m pool, which may be replaced by two 25m pools.
The Maryborough Aquatic Centre’s 50m pool, which may be replaced by two 25m pools. Jocelyn Watts

Swim club still to comment on pool

THE MARYBOROUGH Swimming Club is yet to submit its views on the proposed multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre.

Members of MSC, the major users and managers of the pool, spoke out last week after the Fraser Coast Regional Council revealed its proposed plans for the layout of the redeveloped site.

One of these plans, believed to be the council’s preferred plan, included two 25-metre pools, a learn to swim pool and a water play area.

This would mean the loss of the existing 50-metre pool – and the capacity to host school swimming carnivals and competitions in Maryborough.

In response to the concerns, the council last week made assurances the proposal was “by no means the final plan” and encouraged MSC to urgently compile its views for consideration by the council.

Yesterday, however, the submissions had not been received.

Principal officer of major projects Tracey Genrich said the council wanted to consider the submission as urgently as possible because it was keen to take advantage of the next round of Queensland Government Major Facilities funding.

She said the council had allowed $1 million in its 2010/11 budget and a further $4.5 million (including grant funds if the application is successful) in its 2011/12 budget.

The president of the Maryborough Swimming Club yesterday declined to comment.



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