Finally! Look what's opening in Rocky today
JOY Symons says it has been a while since the lifeguards at Rockhampton's 42nd Battalion Memorial Pool have done any life-guarding.
And they're itching to get back in to it.
The pool manager, and director of Aqualification Fitness, stood alongside Keppel MP Brittany Lauga, Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne and Rockhampton Regional councillors Cherie Rutherford and Neil Fisher on (a very hot) Saturday morning in the lead up to the pool's official opening today.
It was a long and expensive road for the pool, which has been plagued with issues for years, worsened by Cyclone Marcia in 2015.
Joy said the community would welcome the opening with a lot of love today.
"There are going to be a lot of people here... we are just so thankful (the state and council) have been able to get what they have gotten for this amazing facility.
"It is great to see that we have an almost brand new pool here right now.”
This major upgrade to the deck, plant and equipment, was a $2.5 million effort jointly funded by Rockhampton Regional Council and the State Government.
Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee Chair Cr Rutherford said the revamp was necessary after 47 years of endless fun and thousands of visitors.
"Our community has been waiting for this, it has been a hot summer and they have certainly missed having this facility available,” she said.
"All the things that you don't see were failing very quickly, and those were the type of things that needed to be dealt with first.”
And she touched on the topic everyone is waiting on - the slides.
"We hear a lot of the talk in the community about missing the water slides and that is one of the things people notice the most, that the slides are all gone,” Cr Rutherford said.
"We are looking forward to getting the slides back in here and getting the adrenaline going for our teenagers and young adults.”
Cr Rutherford said an additional $1.2m million will go towards the slides, which the community should see completed later this year.
A sweaty but excited state pair, Ms Lauga and Mr Byrne, both said the project was one their constituents had wanted for a very long time.
"We share a common interest here,” Mr Byrne said, on the council and state government partnership.
"It is perfect timing, it's hot, and having the slides in by November this year will be a great Christmas present,” Ms Lauga added.