The Maryborough Aquatic Centre, which only reopened on December 8 after a $6.5 million renovation, was underwater during the floods.
The Maryborough Aquatic Centre, which only reopened on December 8 after a $6.5 million renovation, was underwater during the floods. Contributed

Maryborough Aquatic Centre flood repairs to cost $925,000

THE repair bill for the flood damaged Maryborough Aquatic Centre is likely to reach $925,000.

Fraser Coast Council is expected to hand the centre back to the builders on Wednesday.

Win Constructions managing director Glen Winney said the total bill for the repairs would be about $900,000, with the council's estimate on Tuesday a little higher.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell confirmed the council had applied to the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements for $925,000 in funding to cover the cost of the repairs.

The NDRRA is a joint Federal and State Government initiative to provide funding relief after disasters such as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

"The inspections have been completed and plans developed to replace damaged electrical, heating and filtration systems," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

"We're working on a staged opening and hope to have some sections opened by the beginning of May," Cr O'Connell said.

"We hope that the 25 and 50 metre pools, office, canteen and amenities blocks will be opened first."

Cr O'Connell said while those areas were being repaired, the council would be waiting for equipment from overseas, such as heaters and pumps, which were needed to re-open the children's play area and the hydrotherapy pool.

"Luckily the heaters for the 25 metre pool are on the roof of the centre so were not affected," he said.

"If everything goes according to plan and there are no hiccups with delivery and no rain to interrupt us, then the whole complex should be open again in early June."

Mr Winney agreed the full completion of the repairs should be ready in about 10 weeks.