More than 10,300 pass through gates at new M'boro pool
MARYBOROUGH'S new aquatic centre has proven to be a hit with the locals with more than 1800 people visiting the centre in one day alone.
More than 10,300 entry tickets to the pool facility have been sold in the five weeks since it opened on December 10, with visitors from across the region flocking to the pool during the summer holidays.
The impressive figures are a win for the new facility, which opened just in time for the school holidays after encountering weather delays last year.
A total of 3204 adults, 5038 children, 708 spectators and 1369 pensioners have visited the aquatic centre since it opened on December 10, with a further 582 family passes sold.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the visitor numbers had exceeded everyone's expectations.
"We've had an overwhelming response since the grand opening in December last year," he said.
"They are fantastic numbers, and bear in mind they don't take into account family admissions and six-month unlimited passes which have also been big sellers over the holidays."
Thousands of scouts also made the most of the new pool facilities during their 11-day stay on the Fraser Coast, with about 800 scouts visiting the site each day.
FCRC recreation portfolio councillor Darren Everard said people from all over the Fraser Coast were visiting the pool, including people holidaying nearby.
"Staff sold more than 1800 tickets last Saturday alone and more than 1600 of those were adults, so it's proving popular with people of all ages and a real asset for the region," Cr Everard said.