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Reduced to rubble

Tuesday, 1st February, 2011

The Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday after the kiosk, entrance, and toilet blocks were demolished The Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday after the kiosk, entrance, and toilet blocks were demolished

Demolition of the old buildings at the Regional Aquatic Centre has started with the toilet block, the entrance and the canteen the first to be knocked down.

It is all part of a multi-million dollar re-development.

The site is now a pile of rubble but as part of the $9.8 million re-development, a bigger kiosk with a greater range of food, an indoor hydrotherapy pool and a multi-purpose room for events and functions will be built.

Refurbishing and enclosing the 25 metre pool, replacing the toddlers' pool and program pool with a new combined water play area, and new fencing and landscaping will be some of the major improvements.

City Council's Manager of Infrastructure, Paul DeLisio, said he hoped to have the upgrade complete by November 1.

"At the moment the Aquatic Centre is confined to the 50m pool and the slide run out pool," Mr DeLisio said.

Mr DeLisio said the pool was still open to the public free of charge via the slide entrance. 

Temporary amenities have been put in place and a food van will be on site serving ice creams and drinks.

Mr DeLisio said a donations tin may also be placed at the entrance to help with the cost of the re-development.

Stage one of the pool re-development, which cost $4.5 million, was largely completed in 2009, with the new 50m pool and water slide amongst some of the features built at the time.

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