Rocky to be swim capital

ROCKHAMPTON could soon become the swimming capital of Queensland, according to Minister for Public Works and State Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten.

Mr Schwarten announced the $5 million redevelopment of the Southside Memorial Swimming Pool which will enable local residents to be able to swim all year round.

To be completed by November 1 next year, the development will include a new 50-metre heated Olympic-size swimming pool to run adjacent with the existing pool which will remain at its current site.

Funded by the Queensland Government, and planned and implemented by the Rockhampton Regional Council, the facility will meet the standards of FINA, the international governing body of swimming.

“This is part and parcel of the State Government’s strategy with the council, working together to develop this riverbank into a quality, economic zone for both tourism and sport – and sporting tourism in particular,” Mr Schwarten said.

Mayor Brad Carter was excited about the project and its impact on the region.

“(Along with) the other recreation sporting facilities we have here and potential NRL stadium, linking in with the cultural precinct, urban redevelopment, and redevelopment of the CBD, we can have one of the best precincts in Australia in terms of that link between sporting, culture and living,” he said.

Mr Schwarten said the project was the first step in the development of the area with a number of stages to be completed over the next few years. He vowed to ensure the project, which would allow Rockhampton to host state, national and international swimming meets, would be completed within the allocated timeframe.



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