Year-round pool plan makes splash

By Yvonne Gardiner

AN IPSWICH swimming venue that is old and tired will soon be revived.

Now is the chance for Bundamba Swim Centre patrons to have their say on the major upgrade scheduled to take place in the winter season.

Project manager Brian Downs, from Brisbane sport and recreation planners Venue Group Consultants, was at the pool on Saturday to hand out information and seek feedback from swimmers.

Architect for the upgrade is Yuri Dillon, of Liquid Blu.

Mr Downs said his company had just completed renovations to the Clem Jones Centre at Carina and the Cleveland and Kilcoy aquatic centres.

"We've got a pool at Bundamba that's very old," Mr Downs said.

The centre was actually opened in 1973.

"In the 60s and 70s, this type of complex was done.

"They're all starting to get a little old," Mr Downs said.

"(Bundamba swim centre) is in good condition."

During the upgrade a 25-metre indoor heated pool will be added.

"It'll be open all year round," he said.

"The entry will be in the car park."

Security will be tightened around the all-year-round facilities.

Existing 50-metre and 25-metre heated pools will remain.

"We'll be upgrading the filtration," Mr Downs said.

"This centre has a very high usage for schools.

"During the week, you'd have 15 schools using it."

Venue Group has consulted with all schools and interested parties over the past three months.

Mr Downs had no idea how much the upgrade would cost.

Swim centre manager Chris Urquhart said the all-year-round pool would be great.

"It makes a huge difference for us, especially for our programs," he said.

Mr Urquhart said swimmers would also benefit from an indoor pool.

"People are very sun smart these days. They want to get out of the sun," Mr Urquhart said.

Ipswich City Council has the draft master plan for the redevelopment on display at the swim centre, Roderick Street council offices and online.

Comments about the plan can be made until November 20.

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