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An $A18m facility upgrade

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Where does our council get its costings of $30 million-plus for redeveloping the Olympic Pool Complex?

We often go to Queensland and swim at the Miami Aquatic centre, a top-notch sporting facility. Last time we were there they had just started an upgrade and we watched how the contractors operate — two-and-a-half days and the old 50 metre pool was gone. They don't mess about.

Below is what they are now doing — go online and follow it if you wish:

The Miami Aquatic Centre is an outstanding sports facility that has serviced the community exceptionally well for many decades. It has been the breeding ground for dozens of champion swimmers including Grant Hackett and Giaan Rooney, and has the city's second highest aquatic centre patronage with more than 350,000 patrons annually.

Established in 1976, the centre has remained relatively unchanged since its construction. We're now delivering an $18 million contemporary, integrated aquatic centre that will provide increased lap swimming and learn-to-swim facilities by early 2021. This will include: a new, multi-functional 10-lane pool, in keeping with high-performance classification; a new learn-to-swim pool; a new reception and administration area, café and retail lounge, first aid and public amenity building.

The contract has been awarded to Hutchinson Builders and works are due for completion early 2021.

Construction timeframes and impacts:

From early December, some minor works will commence. This won't affect visitors to the centre.

From 13 January 2020, major construction works will commence. The 10-lane 50-metre pool and change amenities will remain open while all other facilities will close.

The entry and kiosk will move to the left of the centre from early January. Way-finding signage will be in place to guide visitors.

Rackley Swimming is working with the city to install a temporary learn-to-swim pool.

For program changes affecting you or your family, please check with the pool manager Rackley Swimming to confirm.

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Ray Hill