Gatton aquatic facility makes $11m splash
THE sporting culture of the Lockyer Valley received a boost, with confirmation a state-of-the-art aquatic facility will be built in Gatton in 2014.
Tenders for the Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre will soon be sent out, with building expected to start after the Gatton Show in July.
The aquatic centre will cost $10.7 million, with the Department of National Parks Recreation, Sports and Racing contributing $2.5 m towards the project and the balance to be provided by Lockyer Valley Council.
The aquatic facility will be built next to the Sports Centre in Gatton, adding to the existing sporting complex.
The new complex will have a range of new and improved facilities, including a 10 lane Olympic size swimming pool, a learn to swim pool, plant rooms and a clubhouse.
The complex will replace the Gatton Swim Centre, which will close when the new facility is completed.
Gatton Swim Centre lessee Trish Reinhardt said the aquatic centre would become a great asset for sport and recreation in the region and she said she couldn't wait for the facility to be built.
"We are so excited about it," she said.
"The facilities at the pool will include a learn to swim pool, which will also double as a rehab pool."
Mrs Reinhardt said the Gatton Swimming Club would also reap the benefits.
"The pool will also be 25m wide, which will give the swimming club the chance of having some short course racing opportunities."