Funding boost set to help expand life of Rocky pool
AHEAD of what could be a long, hot summer, Rockhampton Regional Council have announced its first funding injection for North Rockhampton's 42nd Battalion Memorial Pool.
While operating as Rockpool Waterpark, the facility had three waterslides, three pools, a mini-golf course and rock climbing.
But that equipment has lay dormant since council bought back the centre in 2012 for $1.5 million after a Workplace Health and Safety audit found 270 safety breaches.
Since Cyclone Marcia, even the Olympic-sized pool which initially remained open, has been closed to the public.
In September, the pool finally re-opened to the public with new co-owner Val Kalmikovs.
On Thursday, Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow announced a $666,864 boost from the State Government's 2015/16 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
"This funding will help us to carry out substantial repair works and it will also free up our budget, allowing us to bring parts of the redevelopment forward," Mayor Strelow said.
Committee Chair of Parks and Recreation Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the pool has been operating since 1969 and there were a number foundation issues that needed to be addressed to bring it up to standard.
"Over the next two years the money will allow Council to reline the 50 metre pool, remove the scum gutters and upgrade to a modern wet-deck system, and replace the pool plant, filtration and associated infrastructure," Cr Rutherford said.
"Planned improvements will increase the life of the facility by a further 20 - 25 years.
"We understand how important this facility is to our Northside community and our plan is to restore it to become a thriving recreational hub for families again.
"In the meantime, we want to remind everyone that the pool is still open for businesses."
42nd Battalion Memorial Pool
The northside pool is open from 9am-6pm on weekdays, and 10am-5pm on weekends
It has a 50m variable depth pool and wading pool
Head to Berserker St, next to North Rockhampton High School
Entry is $2