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Rockhampton's war memorial pool to reflect historic name

Former Qld Premier Anna Bligh at the official opening of the first stage of the World War II Memorial Pool's redevelopment in 2012.
Former Qld Premier Anna Bligh at the official opening of the first stage of the World War II Memorial Pool's redevelopment in 2012. Sharyn O'Neill

THE HISTORICAL significance of the original will be reflected in the new name touted for the redeveloped southside pool complex.

The Rockhampton Regional Council's parks and recreation committee on Tuesday voted in favour of changing the name from 2nd World War Memorial Pool to 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre.

The original pool complex, completed in 1960, was erected as a memorial to those who served in the Second World War.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said councillors wanted to ensure the historical link was maintained.

"To lose that would be to lose something very important about that particular place so I am pleased that that decision happened," she said.

The proposed name change will be presented to full council for approval.

Cr Strelow said the decision to include "aquatic centre" helped reflect what the $17.6million complex would offer. "We are calling it an aquatic centre which I think is also appropriate because it is much more than just the original pool now. It's a mini Chandler."

The council was working towards an official opening in November.

"We have dropped the entry prices so it's $2 for everybody, no matter what it is you are going to use," Cr Strelow said.

"We think people are really going to want to go and we want that experience to be affordable for families."

Topics:  rockhampton regional council



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