Mayor Mick Kruger, deputy premier Paul Lucas and aquatic centre manager Paul Jones.
Mayor Mick Kruger, deputy premier Paul Lucas and aquatic centre manager Paul Jones.

New roof for aquatic centre

IT will now be easier to stay safe from the sun at Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre, with the State Government spending $155,000 on funding for a new roof, which will be constructed over the 25 metre outdoor heated pool.

Deputy premier Paul Lucas was made the announcement at the aquatic centre yesterday.

"The Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre is not only a great spot for families to cool down and for children to play during the warm weather, it also plays an important role in providing Fraser Coast locals with vital training and rehabilitation services,' Mr Lucas said.

"The council identified in their submission that 7% of the Fraser Coast population have a severe disability.

"The heated pool is widely utilised for training and rehabilitation purposes and construction of a roof will enable the pool to be kept at a constant temperature throughout the year.

"Increased access through year-round use for seniors and people with a disability, who may use the pool for aqua therapy, will be a huge benefit to the community.

"The eight-lane pool already features a disability ramp for people undergoing physiotherapy.

"The roof will also reduce water and energy consumption.

"The Queensland sun can be extremely harsh, particularly in summer," Mr Lucas said.

"The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that Melanoma of the skin was the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia at more than 10,300 cases in 2007.

"While the Aquatic Centre is a great place to escape the heat and the new roof will provide additional sun protection, it is extremely important that locals remember to slip, slop and slap," Mr Lucas said.

Funding came from the State Government's $45 million Local Grants and Subsidies Program.