News

New pool boss closes doors

AFTER finally finding his dream job as the manager of Gracemere Swimming Pool, Harry Gale has not only had to start looking for a new job, but he's had to cancel 50 swimming classes leaving many parents and children devastated.

From April 24 the pool will no longer be open to the public and the Department of Education will become the operators of the facility.

Tony Gilligan who has had the lease contract of the Gracemere Swimming Pool since 2008, said he paid for the pool to undergo an audit report regarding the pool's standard and safety in February.

"That pool is way under the minimum standards and I paid out of my own pocket to have this report done to show council that some money needs to go into it to improve it," Tony said.

"Council never paid me any retainer, but wanted me to staff the pool, while the school children swam free of charge."

Tony was also told he would have the option of removing the heated pool from the grounds, leaving many learn-to-swim parents and swimmers from Gracemere, Mt Morgan and other out-of-towners without a pool to access nearby.

"Now everyone will have to drive into Rocky and no-one wanted to do that. I had to cancel 50 learn-to-swim classes that were supposed to start, so everyone is really angry and disappointed about it," Harry said.

Tony said the audit report showed there were many issues with the facility that needed to be repaired or improved including signage, paintwork, tiles and the toilets.

"It seems that as soon as council saw it needed dollars put into it, they just wanted to blow it off," he said.

In response, Rockhampton Regional Council said it intended to work towards ensuring the community had access to the Gracemere pool outside of school hours.

"The council will work with Education Queensland in identifying all user groups to assist in obtaining fair and equal access," a council representative said.

Central Queensland regional director of education Wayne Butler said: "The 20-year agreement between the Department of Education, Training and Employment and the local council for Grace-mere Swimming Pool expires on April 22, 2012."

"Gracemere Swimming Pool was due to close on April 24 for the winter season and Rockhampton Regional Council had already notified the community of this annual closure.

"The pool will undergo general maintenance during this time."

Topics:  closure



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

REVEALED: The CQ pubs set to receive a face lift this year

The old Saleyards Hotel is set to become a rum distillery.   Pictured are the new owners Warren and Catie Brewer with the children L-R Henry (3), and Otis (1).

If renovations are not already happening there are plans for TLC

He fell in love with an escort then held her dog ransom

A couple broke into the home of an escort, assaulted her and stole her dog because the man had fallen in love with her.

He beat her, demanded money and stole her dog.

An industry changing before Bruce's eyes

Bruce McKenzie with his grand son Riley McKenzie at Gracemere sale yards.

Bruce has seen the beef industry change significantly.

Local Partners

An industry changing before Bruce's eyes

Having spent close to nine decades in Central Queensland one local man has seen the beef industry change significantly.


Feeling Lucky?

Win $1000 worth of Scratchies
Learn More

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Why the Rocket Man won't be landing in Rockhampton

epa05642885 British singer-songwriter and composer, Sir Elton John performs in the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 November 2016.  EPA/PAUL BERGEN

Bulletin asks the hard questions after today's big news

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!