Aramac locals set to beat the heat


Tuesday, 20 November, 2018


Aramac locals set to beat the heat

Residents of the tiny town of Aramac, located smack bang in the middle of Queensland, can cool off again thanks to a recent $2m upgrade to the Aramac Aquatic Centre.

The community endures temperatures above 35 degrees for five months of the year, so it’s no doubt a welcome outcome. The original Aramac pool dates back to 1951 and was in desperate need of the revamp, which delivered a six-lane 25-metre pool, a 10-metre kids splash pad and upgraded treatment plant.

The project was funded in part via the Palaszczuk government’s Building our Regions program.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the upgrades — which supported six jobs — have made an instant splash with locals and visitors.

“This pool has been recognised as a key piece of community infrastructure in a region where temperatures soar to over 35 degrees Celsius for five months of the year.

“Supported by funding through the Palaszczuk government’s Building our Regions program, the upgrades addressed a range of issues, including water leakage, which will prove critical, particularly in times of drought, in helping make Aramac more livable and sustainable,” Dick said.

Barcaldine Regional Council Mayor Rob Chandler said the community is excited about using the new facilities, especially with the sweltering summer months fast approaching.

“The Aramac Aquatic Centre is a really important part of our community, so we are thankful for the funding the Palaszczuk government has provided in order to help us make such important upgrades to the pool.

“Facilities such as this really are the heart of our small communities, and the opening of the new pool and splash pad in time for summer will provide everyone with a fantastic shared space to escape the heat,” Chandler said.

The Palaszczuk government contributed $987,312 to the works, adding to the $1,012,311 spent by the Barcaldine Regional Council.

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