Council dives in to new pool

A new pool is on the way for Millmerran residents.

After serving the community for almost 60 years, Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Environment and Community Committee Chair Cr James O’Shea said the community was ready for a new facility.

“The decision to build a new pool in Millmerran is a great outcome for the community and will ensure the Millmerran community is well-served for many years to come,” he said.

“The construction of a new pool provides certainty with regard to the long-term asset management and maintenance of the pool, rather than investing in temporary fixes to the existing facility.

“The original facility was built almost 60 years ago and while we’ve been able to complete minor renovations up until now, this simply is no longer an option.

“Built in 1966, the pool shell, expansion joints, plumbing, drainage and pipes have been assessed by an independent engineer as having reached the end of their useable lifecycle.

“We realise this is a big financial investment which is why we’ve engaged with the community to make sure we make the right decision.

“A number of options were presented to residents with the overall majority indicating a new 50 metre pool was the preferred option.

“Community feedback also highlighted areas for improvements, such as more shade structures, filling in the deep diving end of the pool, better lighting, extra swimming lanes, more water play options and better heating to maximise usage.

“These ideas are all worth considering so we will now go out and see what can be achieved within the project budget.

“This Tender process will take a few months with the final design and costings coming back to Council for approval.

“Following this we will begin construction work on the new facility which will unfortunately lead to a full closure until late 2022.

“We’re currently working on plans to lessen the impact on those who use the Millmerran Aquatic Centre, such as providing temporary discounts to nearby aquatic facilities in Pittsworth, Cecil Plains and Toowoomba.

“Council will also consider undertaking a planning study which takes into account Council’s current mix of aquatic facilities and what aquatic facilities we would need to provide in the future. The community would be consulted as part of this study.”

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