An artist's impression of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre redevelopment.
An artist's impression of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre redevelopment. Contributed

Call for last laps soon

LAST laps will soon be called on the old Maryborough Aquatic Centre, but not before the community gets to enjoy one last school holidays splashing in the water.

Fraser Coast Regional Council said a "last laps" celebration would be held on October 2 to commemorate the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the centre, which was awarded to local company Win Constructions this week.

"Residents will be able to enter the pool for free and have a last swim to bid farewell to the facility before it is closed for the refurbishment," Mayor Mick Kruger said.

Councillor Belinda McNeven said the date for the closing celebration was specifically set to allow families to still be able to enjoy the facility throughout the September holidays before construction began.

October 2 falls on the last weekend of the school holidays.

The council was also looking at ways to make sure regular users of the centre would not be disadvantaged during the course of the redevelopment, which Cr Kruger said was expected to take up to a year.

"Regular users, such as the swim club, triathlon club and masters swimmers, have made arrangements to continue their practice sessions at the Aldridge High School pool," Cr Kruger said.

"Council is negotiating with Queensland Health to make arrangements for people who swim as part of their rehabilitation program."

Daniel Poacher, chief executive of Win Constructions, said he was looking forward to starting work on the $5.3 million contract as soon as possible, adding that the redevelopment was great news for the local economy as it would help create new jobs and offer employment to existing subcontractors and suppliers on the Fraser Coast.