Dormant pool park makes a promising splash in council

THREE waterslides, an 18-hole pirate-themed mini golf course, blaster boats, a rock climbing wall, a jumping pillow, a jumping castle, a 50m swimming pool, a wading pool and pool inflatable lay dormant in Berserker St, North Rockhampton.

They should have been put to good use by tourists and Rockhampton residents over the region's long hot summer, but only the 50m and wading pools were available to those looking to beat the heat.

Since Cyclone Marcia, not even the pools have been used.

Rockhampton Regional Council addressed the ongoing issue of the 42nd Battalion Memorial Pool, formerly known as Rockpool Water Park, at its meeting yesterday morning.

In 2012, RRC bought the assets at the pool with the view of upgrading the site and restoring its stature within the community.

Over the past three years, RRC officers have worked on redevelopment plans and grant applications, however none has been successful and the site was then severely impacted by Cyclone Marcia and closed from February 20.

Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said she was very disappointed and called on the council to visit the site yesterday afternoon.

Cr Strelow also moved that the trustee lease between RRC and CQ Aquajets for the operation of the Shut the Gate learn-to-swim facility be renewed for five years.

She also suggested RRC explore options for the lease of the mini-golf facility and, if possible, that it be leased within two months.

"I would hope that in any way possible that the pool opens when the summer returns," Cr Strelow said.

The matter was adjourned until after the site visit yesterday afternoon.



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