Peter Metcalfe from Metcalfe Constructions and Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre manager Paul Jones check out the new kiosk area.
Peter Metcalfe from Metcalfe Constructions and Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre manager Paul Jones check out the new kiosk area. Contributed

Second stage of Bay pool refurbishment finished

FOLLOWING the construction of a roof over the 25m pool, Metcalfe Constructions has completed the second stage of refurbishments at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. 

The $130,000 project included building new office areas, refitting the kiosk with new benches and remodelling the entry.

Crews on Friday handed the keys back to pool management who will now start moving from their temporary work areas into brand new office space. 

Councillor for sport and recreation Darren Everard said the facilities were in line with some of the best regional aquatic centres in Queensland.

"These improvements will give staff the room to operate more efficiently, especially during bigger events and carnivals which we're starting to attract here to the Fraser Coast," he said.

Cr Everard said work to repair the 50m pool, being undertaken by L and V Project Pools, was also on track to be completed by the end of November, weather permitting.

"The best way to fix the pool was to pour a new 200mm concrete shell on top of the existing concrete shell," he said.

"Originally we'd hoped that the fibreglass patches that had been applied over the years could be removed and the concrete repaired.

"But, that was not to be.

"We found patches on patches on patches."

To complete the project and ensure that the pool is still 50m long, the end wall has been removed and has been rebuilt.

"The new shell will be finished with pebblecrete and the lane lines will still be marked with tiles."

The project also includes refurbishing the children's water play area and a children's playground.

In the past financial year, almost 200,000 recreational and competitive swimmers visited the council's two aquatic centres in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.